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Woodberry, Roland

Roland Kent Woodberry, a resident of Norwood, and formerly of Charlton and Walpole, died Sunday, September 18, 2011 at the Golden Living Center in Norwood.  He was 80.  Rollie was born October 29, 1930 in Danvers, Massachusetts, the son of Gordon F., and Grace L. (Salter) Woodberry, and moved with his family to New York City early in 1931 where his father worked for Frederick Law Olmstead in the construction of Fort Tryon Park.  After the George Washington Bridge was built, the family moved to Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey.  After the completion of Fort Tyron Park in 1935 the family moved to Norwood and then to Walpole in 1953.  Mr. Woodberry attended the public schools in Norwood,  graduating from Norwood High School in 1948.  He continued his education at Northeastern University, earning his bachelor of science degree in Business Administration in 1955.  He served in the US Army from August 1952 to August 1954, stationed at Fort Dix, New Jersey, Fort Lee, Virginia, and Fort Bragg, North Carolina.  Roland worked for the Employers Group of Insurance Companies as an accountant for over 23 years, then was the Office Manager at the Aleppo Temple Shrine in Wilmington for over 5 years, and finally spent 13 years as the Assistant to the Executive Secretary of the Supreme Council in Lexington.  He was an active member in several Masonic groups for over 50 years including Master of Orient Lodge AF & AM in Norwood in 1961, followed by 37 years as the lodge’s treasurer.  He was the Puissant Sovereign of St. Matthew’s Conclave, Red Cross of Constantine of Springfield, Massachusetts in 2004.  Roland was also a member of American Legion Post 70 of Norwood and of the Cape Cod Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution.  Roland was the brother of the late Barbara Brock Haggblad.  He is survived by three nephews, Peter, Paul, and David Brock; his niece, Bonnie B. Flaman; three grandnephews, and two grandnieces.  Visitation with his family will be held from 9 to 10 AM Wednesday, September 21, 2011 at the May Funeral Home, 85 Nichols Street, Norwood followed by a funeral at the funeral home at 10 o clock.  Burial will be in Highland Cemetery, Norwood.  Donations in his memory to the Masonic Learning Center for Children, 33 Marrett Road, Lexington, MA 02421 or to the Shriner’s Burns Institute, 51 Blossom Street, Boston, MA 02114, or to the charity of your choice would be appreciated.


Guestbook Entries

  1. Charlie Briggs
    September 20th, 2011 | 8:08 am

    So long old friend. The Masonic Fraternity has lost a pillar and devoted member. Always enjoyed our trips to Masonic functions and concerts.

  2. Linda Sheehan
    September 20th, 2011 | 9:23 am

    I remember Roland as a regular at the 8:15 a.m. service at the United Church. He was a tall good looking man. I didn’t really know him personally, but he was always there as part of the church family.

    God Bless.
    Linda Sheehan
    Walpole, Ma

  3. Loretta S. OBrien
    September 20th, 2011 | 4:05 pm

    Roland was a fine gentleman with an outstanding empathy for his fellow humans. It was a pleasure to know him, however, slightly.

  4. Paul Rolston
    September 20th, 2011 | 4:15 pm

    Roland Woodberry was one of the kindest gentleman that ever walked this earth. His knowledge of Masonry was vast and he never tired of answering questions about the Craft. I will truly miss him in Grand Lodge and throughout Massachusetts Freemasonry. God bless you, Rollie!

  5. James McBride
    September 20th, 2011 | 4:46 pm

    Age and distaance keep us from travielling to Norwood but our thoughts and Prayers are with Roly and family. He was a truly dedicated member of the Masonic Fraternity and always observed their principles. He will be greatly missed

  6. Timothy & Carol McCusker
    September 20th, 2011 | 6:36 pm

    Thinking of the whole family at this time and sending
    special thoughts and prayers.

  7. Dorothy and Charles O'Wril
    September 20th, 2011 | 8:49 pm

    We are so saddened to hear of Roland’s passing. He was a dear friend of many years. Our retirement to Florida keeps us from attending the funeral but we wish to express our deepest sympathies to the family.

  8. James Gilrein
    September 20th, 2011 | 11:39 pm

    My deepest sympathies and those of all the Masons of Cape Cod and the Islands go out to the family of Bro. Woodberry – May you always find peace in the knowledge that our entire fraternity surrounds his loved ones with our love.

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