John's Story

CALAIS AND CHAMCOOK, NB - John Ivan Woodside, 77, passed away April 24, 2016 at Charlotte County Hospital in St. Stephen with his family by his side. Ivan was born in St. Stephen, NB on June 29, 1938, one of thirteen children of John "Jack" and Hazel (Gardner) Woodside.

After attending school in Lawrence Station, NB, he helped on the family farm until taking a job with the rail road. After several years he moved to Calais where he drove a cab and worked security for Ames and the local paper mill. He later worked for over 30 years as a funeral attendant with Scott-Wilson Funeral Home in Calais, retiring in 1998. Ivan was a member of St. Croix Lodge #46 A.F. & A.M. in Calais and was an avid outdoorsman, enjoying hunting and fishing.

In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his wife of 33 years, Jane Hunnewell and eleven siblings. Surviving are his companion of 17 years, Gloria Hurley of Chamcook, NB; his son, Daren Woodside and his wife Kellie of Epson, NH; three grandchildren, John, Erin, and Ian Woodside of Epson, NH; Gloria's children, Theresa Hurley and companion Ian Smith of Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, and Trena Hurley and companion Kevin Clarke of Saint Andrews NB, a half-brother, Wesley Ramsey and his wife; numerous nieces and nephews; in-laws, Stan and Judy Clark, Roy and Joan Burgess, and John and Jo Ellen Gallant; his "adopted family," Paul and Chris Drew of Bangor, Peter and Sue Drew of Calais, Randy and Diane Brown of Calais, and Scott and Donna Geel of Calais; and his feline companions, Twinkie and Squirt.

Visiting hours will be held from 2-4 & 6-8 p.m. (US Time) Friday, April 29, 2016 at Mays Funeral Home, 26 Church St., Calais, where a funeral service will also be held at 2 p.m. (US Time) Saturday, April 30th. Burial will follow in Calais Cemetery. Donations in Ivan's memory may be made to either American Lung Assoc., 122 State St., Augusta, ME 04330, or American Heart Assoc., 51 US Route 1, Suite M, Scarborough, ME 04074. Condolences and memories may be shared at

Thank you to Anna Dougherty & Marion Hutchinson for their friendship and support throughout this time. A special thank you to floor 1 and all the staff of Charlotte County Hospital for all their thoughtful and loving care. Like Ivan would say "They are a great bunch of girls."
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