Bligh Edward Woodworth – 84 of Liverpool, Nova Scotia, passed away peacefully with loving family by his side on Friday, October 21, 2022.
Born in Steam Mill, NS, he was the son of the late Frank and Blanche (Bennett) Woodworth.
Bligh served as a member of the Royal Canadian Air Force, and later retired as a long service employee of Bowater Mersey Pulp and Paper Co. He is best remembered as a loving brother, devoted husband and father, a highly motivated community member, and for his love of the game of bridge, and interest in promoting, playing, mentoring and coaching in the sports of hockey and curling.
He is survived by his sons Bligh Jr (Betty), David, and Peter (Cindy). In addition, seven grandchildren and four great children. He is pre-deceased by his wife of sixty-one years, Jacqueline (Blakely) Woodworth: four sisters, Mary, Grace (Francis) Deal, Elsie (Neil) Zwicker, and Rita (Clarence) Nickelson; three brothers, Edgar, Wilfred and Lloyd. He will be greatly missed by his family and friends.
Cremation has taken place under the direction of Chandlers’ Funeral Home, Liverpool, NS and a private service for family and friends will take place later in Miramichi, NB. No flowers please. In lieu of, donations may be made to St Gregory’s Roman Catholic Church or the Queens Hospital Palliative Care Unit. Online condolences may be made to www.chandlersfuneral.com.
A special thank you to all who helped to care for Bligh over the past year – Dr. Jennifer MacDonald, Dr. Caldeira, Dr. Munro, the staff and nurses of Queens General Hospital, and the staff of the Queens General Palliative care unit. A special thank you to the staff of the Victorian Order of Nurses and both Leanne (Beck) INNESS and Ray EISNOR for your kindness, professionalism and the countless days of friendship and support you spent with Bligh, which could never be measured.
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My sincere condolences to Bligh’s family and friends. Bligh was the sweetest man you could ever meet. He certainly made the world a better place. Rest in Peace Bligh as you’re reunited with your Jackie. It was a privilege knowing you,
John and Donna Murray
So sorry to hear of Bligh’s death! He was a serious competitor and a community minded person.sincere condolences.
Our condolences to the Woodworth family. Our thoughts and Prayers are with you at this very sad time. We are so happy we were able to spend some time with him over the last year. He will be dearly missed. Hugs and Love from Cynthia ,Cathy and Dale.
David whynott of mersey point
I am sorry to hear of Bligh’s passing .Bligh was always a mild mannered person to talk to and I am sure he will be missed by his many friends.to his family bless you all at this sad time.
Butch and Loretta Cook
Sincere condolences to Bligh’s family. He was a real gentleman, excellent bridge player and had a very easy going nature.
Sad news. I initially met Bligh at the bridge table many years ago and he became my first regular partner. He was always so calm and encouraging and getting to know him, it was clear he cared very much for his family. My sincerest condolences on your loss.
I played bridge against Bligh and his partner over several years at the Liverpool Duplicate Bridge Club. He was a most pleasant person to be around, always enjoyable. I send my condolences to his family and friends.
Bobby and Charlotte Kelley
To all of Bligh’s family. Please accept our sincere condolences. May your wonderful memories help you through the difficult days ahead.
Doug & Dot Winters
We were sad to read of Blighs passing. I had enjoyed working with Bligh and knowing him as a great community worker and friend. Your family made our community stronger and your dad spend many hours work working with young people around the rink.
Enjoy all your good memories as many of us will as well.
Doug & Dot
Gordon and Jackie Eisnor
Bligh Jr.,David,Peter and families:Sincere condolences to all Bligh,s family.He was a teammate in hockey of mine for many years and also a great competitor at the curling rink Just a great guy.
Philip& Holly Smith
To all Bligh’s family,
Please accept our sincere condolences on the loss of your father, and grandfather. This man was a true gentleman and a great example of how we should all live within our families and communities. May you find peace and comfort as you reflect on your father’s life.
Philip and Holly Smith
Ruth Anne Zwicker & Kevin Cole
To all of Bligh’s family. Such a lovely man. He gave so much to our community and will be remembered fondly. Thinking of you all, take care.
I leave this message of condolence with a heavy heart. Bligh was a great Bridge partner with me and for me; and we played many great hands together. He was a great guy to know, and he wil be missed.
So sorry to hear of Bligh’s passing. As a co-worker with Bligh in the Instrument Dept., he passed on his knowledge to others working in the Dept. Bligh was quite the hockey player and passed on his skills to the younger players. He will be missed. He is with Jackie now. Rest in peace Bligh
To Bligh”s family sending my sincere condolences on your loss .
To All of Bligh’s Family,
We were so very sorry to hear of the loss of your father and grandfather. He was such a kind, caring and honest person – a true gentleman. You should all be very proud to have called him yours. Losing such a precious family member is something we know must really hurt. In time, this pain will turn to memory. Please try to remember all the fun and happy times you had with him.
We are sending you all healing hugs and our sincerest condolences,
Ruby, Coleen and Donald Stevens
Vernon & Joyce Hawkes
He was a great gentleman. He would help anyone he felt needed his help. Bligh and Jackie were great friends of ours for many years. We Always sat in Church together. Treasure the Memories. He will truly be missed. Our thoughts and Prayers are with all his family. God Bless you all. He is with his Beloved Jackie now.
One of my golf partners, a curling teammate and friend for more than 50 years. Bligh was blessed with so many skills and talents, he never ceased to amaze me at his accomplishments, but he was always humble and kind to everyone. Will never forget our trip to Toronto to see the Blue Jays win their first division pennant in 1985. Sincere condolences to Bligh Jr., David and Peter and family.
Kim Masland, MLA
To Bligh’s Family,
Please accept my condolences for your loss. My thoughts are with you during this difficult time.
We are sorry to learn of Bligh’s death. He was always very pleasant and a good bridge competitor. Our sympathies to his family.
Edward and Donna Anthony
I was saddened to hear about the passing of Bligh my condolences to his family.
Doug and Pat Lohnes
To Bligh’s Family:
So sorry to learn of Bligh’s passing . Always a gentleman ,
I enjoyed several years of playing hockey ,both with him and on an apposing team,
Our condolences to you all.
David,Peter,Junior and family,
I was so sad to hear your Dad had passed. I always enjoyed talking to him and your Mom after church on Saturday nights. Back in April he called me and invited me up to the house. He told me that he and your mother loved my singing at church and that he wanted to gift me with one of your Mom’s beautiful paintings. I was blown away! When he heardI was raising money for the Grade 12 scholarships, he said take another one!!! That’s when he told me he was sick. We also had a great chat about curling, and music of course and he let me play his guitar. We sang Country Roads. I will treasure that painting forever, and will never forget that visit. He will be missed. Please accept my sincerest condolences, and know you are in my thoughts and prayers.
Heather (Veinot) Stevens and family
To Junior. Sorry to hear of your Dad’s passing.
To Bligh’s family. Please accept my sincere condolences. Bligh was a wonderful friend and I enjoyed working with him at the curling curling rink and enjoyed curling with him so much.
Keith and Carol Harvey and famiily
Bligh Jr., David, Peter & families – Our sincere condolences on the passing of your father. He was very well liked, was a great neighbor and very good hockey player. May your thoughts and good memories comfort you at this time.
Keith and Carolann Harvey
Bligh was a calming and positive influence on anyone around him, especially at the bridge table. He is missed. A true gentleman, his intelligence and sense of humor always made him special. Sad but proud, thoughts to his family.
It is such sad news to hear of Bligh’s passing. He was always a great person to meet and more closely as a friend . Ted as Mate had many a great time with Bligh as his Curling Team Skip for several years , shared a close bond and winning a few cups along the way . In those years often Bligh and Jackie at the many club social events . In more recent years we had the good fortune to connect with him at the Bridge table with the Seaside Club . Always soft spoken, kind and considerate ; we have many good thought of him . His devotion to Jackie and his family always deep. He will be remembered fondly …..with sympathy and care …
Randi & Ted
I had the pleasure of visiting the Woodworth home many times in my youth. I golfed with Bligh & son David numerous times at White Point. Bligh holds the distinction of being the only golfer that I have hit with a golf ball while playing in the same group. Even that did not shake him from his usual calm demeanor. Peace be with Bligh and his family.