Linwood A. Magoon
Linwood A. Magoon
SHOREHAM — Linwood Arnold “Woody” Magoon, 60, passed away on July 2, 2014, at Fletcher Allen Health Care.
Woody was born in Lancaster, N.H., February 21, 1954, to Arnold J. Magoon and Lorraine (Colby) Magoon. He graduated from Otter Valley in 1973. Just after high school, he worked with local builders, except for a short time at Blue Seal Feeds as a driver. He worked as custom builder and project manager nearly all of his life. He owned his own business, Hemlock Hollow Builders, until he began traveling to work in the Raleigh, N.C., area in 1993 and moved there permanently shortly after to reconnect with his wife, Sheryl. He worked for Spectra Builders of Zebulon, N.C., as a project manager from 1999 to 2013, in and around the entire Raleigh-Durham area on a diversity of custom home and commercial projects. He retired in 2013 to move home to Vermont to be closer to family.
He is survived by his loving wife, Sheryl Magoon; daughter Thomasina Magoon and partner Rob Gearwar of Goshen, daughter Tonya Lynn Magoon of Rutland, son Lucas Magoon and daughter-in-law Tonya of Mammoth, Calif.; grandchildren Megan and Nathan McKeighan of Goshen; mother Lorraine Magoon of Brandon; brother Michael Magoon and niece Emily Magoon of Ferrisburgh; brother and sister-in-law David Mable and Grace Lennon of Barre, Ontario, Canada; sister-in-law Martha Phillips of Florence, father-in-law Roland Mable of Castleton; and Uncle Bart Lund of Brandon; as well as many cousins and loving friends from Vermont and North Carolina. He was predeceased by his father, Arnold J. Magoon, in 1978 and sister-in-law Michelle Magoon of Ferrisburgh in 2012.
Woody was known for his gentle spirit, beautiful smile, quiet chuckle, generous heart, secretly mischievous personality and great hair (both of which he shares with his son). Woody and Sheryl built their own home in N.C. and greatly enjoyed spending time working on their home and land. They enjoyed trips to the N.C. mountains, the ocean and especially enjoyed trips with his son, Lucas, and their grandchildren. Their profound love for each other was immeasurable — and a call for Sheryl could be heard as a bellow of “Honey.” Their greatest passion was riding their Harley Davidson motorcycle with special friends.
He took great pleasure in the many years of hunting and fishing adventures with lifelong friends. His brother remembers that while in school, he was a hunting guide for a group from down country; it was his first season as a guide when he bagged a 212 lb. 7-point buck. Everyone knew him to always be tinkering on something, usually a hot rod or truck. He was a talented and creative man who had many talents and hobbies — and an insatiable sweet tooth. Woody could be found secretly sneaking out every Saturday morning to buy a new piece of chrome for his Harley. He became known for his ability to map out the best rides. Riding was his favorite pastime, along with working on his bike and riding with his biker brothers, especially his true friend and biker brother, Warren Farrell.
Family and friends are invited to attend calling hours at Miller & Ketcham Funeral Home in Brandon, Vt., July 8, from 6-8 p.m. and a “Celebration of Life” ceremony on July 9 at 1 p.m. at the Brandon American Legion Post #55. Memorial contributions may be made to the Arnold J. Magoon Scholarship Fund, c/o Rich Watkin, Vermont Game Warden Association, PO Box 517, Wilmington, VT 05363; or to the Shoreham First Response, c/o Richard Treadway, 297 Main St., Shoreham, VT 05770. A private family graveside burial will be held on July 12 at 10 a.m. in the Pine Hill Cemetery, Route 7, Brandon, Vt.