John A. Woodford of Kennett Square

John A. Woodford, 64, of Kennett Square, died Monday, Oct. 31, at his home surrounded by his family, after a long battle with ALS. He was the husband of Pamela Winchester Woodford, with whom he shared 44 years of marriage.

John A. Woodford

John A. Woodford

Born in Paterson, N.J., he was the youngest son of the late Robert and the late Mary (Dillistin) Woodford. He grew up in Wilmington, and graduated from Mount Pleasant High School.

John earned his master’s degree in city and regional planning from Ohio State University and his undergraduate degree in sociology from Duke University. John and his family lived in Louisville, Ky., for more than 30 years where he was the assistant executive director for TARC for 27 years until his retirement. He then worked nine years as senior vice president for First Transit Inc. before retiring “again.” He was an active member of the Kiwanis Club of Louisville where he earned the “Man of the Year Award.” He also volunteered for the Boys and Girls Club of Louisville and served on the Board of Directors for Safe Place Services.

John was loyal to his faith, family and multiple sports teams. He was a longtime member of Harvey Browne Memorial Presbyterian Church in Louisville and became a member of Unionville Presbyterian Church shortly after relocating to Kennett Square. He relished spending time with loved ones at the family lake house in New Jersey. He rooted on the Blue Devils, the Buckeyes, the Phillies and the Eagles with much passion and enthusiasm.

Survivors, in addition to his wife, Pamela, include one son, Robert L. Woodford of Louisville, Ky; two daughters, Kate E. Woodford of Philadelphia, and Robin W. Kauffman and her husband Christopher of Media,; three grandchildren: Ansley, Benjamin and Chase Kauffman; a brother, William Woodford (Debbie) of Upper St. Clair, Pa.; and a sister, Alice Gillespie (Jim) of Danielsville, Pa.

You are invited to John’s memorial service at 11 a.m. Friday, Nov. 4, at Unionville, Presbyterian Church, 815 Wollaston Road, Kennett Square, PA 19348. Interment will be held privately. Contributions in his memory may be made to the Avon Grove Lions Club, 600 N. Baker Station Rd. West Grove, PA 19390 or to The Gleason Initiative Foundation PO Box 24493, New Orleans, LA 70184. Arrangements are by Kuzo & Grieco Funeral Home Inc. (610-444-4116) of Kennett Square. To view John’s online obituary and to share a memory with his family, please visit

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