Pomfret Center – Henry S. Woodbridge, Jr. of Pomfret Connecticut, died on December 22, 2021 at the Day Kimball Hospital at the age of 93. He was the loving husband of Phyllis Whitehead Woodbridge. Born in Boston, Massachusetts, he was the son of the late Henry S. Woodbridge, Sr. and the late Dorothy White Woodbridge, long time residents of Pomfret, CT..
Woody, as he liked to be called, began his education in a two room schoolhouse in Pomfret, later graduating from Middlesex School. He attended and graduated from Yale University then joined the platoon leader’s program of the United States Marine Corps and became second lieutenant serving stateside for two years during the Korean War. Woody retired as a Captain. Following graduation from Harvard Business School he moved to Rhode Island with first wife and family and started his career in Banking at the Rhode Island Hospital Trust National Bank as a loan officer in 1955. He retired as Chief Executive Officer in 1989. He was active in Rhode Island’s United Way Campaigns. He was a long time member of Grace Church and the Providence Men’s Glee Club. Following his banking career, Woody served as a State Department Head and ran a business oriented non-profit. He was involved in activities and leadership positions in a number of private and public institutions in Rhode Island and Pomfret, CT where he moved, returning to his roots, with his second wife, Phyllis. For many years he was an active member on the board of Amica Mutual Insurance Company. He was a member of the Pomfret community, heading the Rectory School Board for several years. He was an active member of Christ Church and their outreach programs. He transported cancer patients to appointments at various locations. He was a firm believer in giving back to the community.
In addition to his wife, Phyllis, Woody is survived by his children, Winty Woodbridge, Kim McCann (Joel), Trip Woodbridge (Leslie); seven grandchildren, Jessica Kemp (Chris), Skyler Bryan (Nicholas), Teal Chalek (Sam), Tim McCann, Jonsey McCann (Kiley), Robert McCann
(Kate) and Patience Bandoma (Williams); five great grandchildren; a step daughter, Barbara Rogers (Tim); a step daughter in law, Raquel Rogers and her daughter Ashley Rogers. He was predeceased by his daughter Dorothy (Dodie) Dash, his sisters Anne Pickford and Victoria Hall, his first wife Rosamond Elliott and his step son Stephen Rogers.
Woody was a devoted family man. He was kind, generous, giving, and patient. He was loved by his children and grandchildren. He will be deeply missed by his family and those whose lives he touched.
A Memorial service will be held in the spring. Memorial donations may be made to the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network at Pancan.org (877-272-6226) in memory of Henry S.
Woodbridge Jr. to honor his daughter, Dodie.