Gary Woodward of Westerville, OH, age 67, passed away peacefully at home on December 15, 2021 under the loving care of his wife Jeanette and Ohio Health Hospice, following an 8 year valiant battle with Parkinson’s and dementia. He was a devoted husband to his wife Janette, and caring Papa to son Michael and grandchildren Eli, Owen, and Abi. Through the years Papa Gary cheered in the stands as he watched his grandchildren play many different sports.
Growing up in Michigan, he was a lifelong fan of the Detroit Lions and looked forward to watching their Sunday games. He also loved traveling to Las Vegas with his wife, playing golf, was a big Buckeye fan, and enjoyed Columbus Blue Jackets hockey games for 10 years, especially the game where he kissed his wife on the “Kiss Cam”. Gary was also a lover of all music from Jazz to Rock, and he easily identified songs and artists.
He enjoyed his 26 years working for the Franklin County Clerk of Courts and the Franklin County Auditor’s office until his retirement.
Gary is preceded in death by his parents Barbara and Eugene Woodward, Mother-in-law Dottie Casa, and brother-in-law Vince Bruzzese. He is survived by his wife Janette; son Michael (Tracey) DeTemple; grandchildren Eli, Owen and Abi DeTemple; sister Nancy (Alan)Brown of Lake St. Louis MO; brother Jim Woodward of San Pedro, CA; sister-in-law Stefanie Bruzzese; sister-in-law Shelley (Lonnie)Trott, nieces and nephews Carrie, Megan, Philip, Allison and Adam; and trusted best friend Dave Jay, with whom he shared many happy times over the years.
Gary was known for his quick wit, and gentle, kind demeanor. He treasured his many lifelong friends, with fond memories of his great friend Joe Cavalier, who was the event planner for many enjoyable trips and concerts. Gary was also a huge animal lover, opening his home to many cats and dogs through the years. A sincere Thank You to all of his loving caregivers that include Megan and Ramata, and all at Ohio Health Hospice who were dedicated to Gary’s care. A special Thank You to Dave Jay whose friendship and love brought happiness to Gary during his illness, and a heartfelt Thank You to son Michael, Tracey and sisters Stefanie and Shelly whose selfless support enabled Gary to remain at home with his family during this difficult time. We have lost a genuinely good man who always saw the good in others.
Friends may call from 1:00 to 4:00 PM on Saturday December 18 at the Hill Funeral Home, 220 S. State St., Westerville.