Michael Patrick Woodfield, 71, of Vero Beach, Florida, returned home to his Savior, Jesus Christ, on Sunday, September 25, 2022, surrounded by loving family and friends.
Son of the late Spencer L. Woodfield and the late Arlene T. (Hoch) Woodfield, Michael was born in Jamestown, NY on January 23, 1951.
Michael was a graduate of Maple Grove Jr-Sr High School, Bemus Point, NY and Jamestown Community College (JCC) in Jamestown, NY, before serving his country with the US Marine Corp and Reserves.
He was affectionately nicknamed “Bodges” Where “Wooded” to his family and friends. Michael was an amazing businessman and entrepreneur, working in many different fields such as: State Chemical Company; Ed Shults, Westfield Dodge City (Bodges Dodges) and McFadden Ford, all dealerships located in Jamestown. After moving to Florida in 1985, Michael worked for the Chrysler Dodge dealership in Fort Pierce and Bill Shultz Chevrolet, before owning and operating his own food truck, a hot dog restaurant known as “At Angelo’s”, as well as his glass cutting business, Amazing Products. Lately, Michael has found his passion in real estate. He had been a real estate agent for Maronda Homes and most recently worked for Atlantic Shores Realty.
Michael was also an avid bowler and member of the Woodfield Bros bowling team (him and his nine brothers). They won six times first place in the National Brothers Bowling Association tournament, held annually in Erie, Pennsylvania. Michael excelled and held all of the individual titles in the 1987 tournament. His awards that year were for high play, high streak, and combined six-game streak. His prowess has led to many other awards throughout the 35+ years they have been at this tournament.
Bowling was not his only hobby as Michael loved the outdoors and enjoyed hunting, fishing and softball. One of his favorite sports was pickleball. He joined the pickleball community in Vero Beach and became a very competitive player. He and his brother, Don, have traveled to Florida with their pickleball friends and competed in other tournaments. He won over five gold medals (many with his brother, Don) along with many other medals, but Michael won more than just medals, he won his big pickleball family that he loved so much.
To say he loved and lived his life to the fullest would be an understatement. He enjoyed the fruits of his labor and shared with everyone he knew and loved. Michael was a devoted husband, father, brother, grandfather, uncle and friend. His passion and zest for life, along with the love he so freely gave to his family and friends, will be his lasting legacy to all who crossed paths with him.
Michael leaves behind a very large and loving family. He is survived by his beloved wife and best friend of 18 years, Gloria; his son, Christopher Woodfield and his wife, Stephanie of Florida; daughters: Laura (Woodfield) Chase and her husband, Colin of Rochester, NY, and Christina Sarao and her partner, Jason Allbaugh of Florida; seven grandchildren: Sidney Nance and Blake Nance of New York, Destinay Andrews, Jazmine Clarke, Patience Harden, Treasure Nappi, Kingsten Allbaugh and one unborn great-grandchild, Princeton, all of Vero Beach, Florida; eight brothers: Tom Woodfield of New Port Richey, Fla, Jim Woodfield and his wife, Larraine of Las Vegas, Nevada, Richard Woodfield and his wife, Shirley, David Woodfield and his wife, Kim and Terry Woodfield and his wife, Cindy, all three from Jamestown, NY, Donald Woodfield and his wife, Ann from Pinehurst, NC, John Woodfield and his wife, Janet from Bemus Point, NY, and Dan Woodfield and his wife, Ann from Trinity, Florida; two sisters: Mary Woodfield of Bradenton, Florida, and JoAnn (Woodfield) Brown and her husband. Jack from Panama, NY; as well as over 100 nieces and nephews who call him affectionately “Uncle Bodges.”
In addition to his parents, Michael was predeceased by three siblings; brother, Spencer G. Woodfield; and two sisters: Genevieve M. (Woodfield) Mauro and Janet A. (Woodfield) Johnson.
A memorial service will be held October 8, 2022 at 2 p.m. at Strunk Funeral Homes & Crematory, 916 17th St., Vero Beach, FL 32960 and a celebration of life will be held November 5, 2022, November 2-6 at Moose Lodge in Vero Beach, 226 43rd Avenue, Vero Beach, FL 32968.
A Celebration of Life will be held in New York City on October 22, 2022, from 1 to 4 p.m., at VFW Post 8647, 10 Memorial Drive, Mayville, NY Come celebrate and share memories of Mike with his family and friends from New York.
Donations can be made to St. Jude Children’s Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105-9959.