Richard “Rit” Woolley, 77, passed away peacefully at his home in Friendship on Monday, April 8, 2013, with his loving family by his side.

He was born in Neptune, N.J. Sept. 8, 1935, the son of Raymond and Michalene Yatczyszyn Woolley. He grew up in Wall, N.J. and attended Manasquan High School. After high school, he in 1955 he would marry Audrey and the two would settle in Brick, N.J. He went to work for the Sherman Mills where he would work as a cabinet maker. He worked there for 29 years before he made the step to work for himself. Throughout their time in Brick, N.J. they would come to Maine for vacations and to work on the property in Friendship. It was a labor of love and a project that Rit worked on for 12 years with the help of family and friends. In 1996 they were able to sell their house in Brick and move to the house in Friendship that Rit built from the ground up.

One of his hobbies and passions was stock car racing. He loved to watch the races every Sunday and was a Jimmie Johnson and Kasey Kahne supporter. He was fascinated with the track and loved being around the atmosphere they would provide. In the early '80s he would race at Wall Stadium in New Jersey. The friends and comradery he would experience at the track was second to none. There was one weekend where he unfortunately wrecked his car and after the race everyone gathered at his garage to start helping with the repairs to get the car back on the track as soon as possible. They would tirelessly together until the car was finished. It was this brotherhood that kept him coming back. When the big cars got to be too expensive to run he would switch to RC models, even building himself a track at his home to race with friends and family from the screened-in drivers area. He enjoyed fresh water fishing with his son-in-law Dean and the grandchildren when they could make it. For the last 15 years Rit and Audrey would winter in Florida with their trusty fifth-wheeler until recently selling the property. He enjoyed helping people in any way that he could and was quick to lend his woodworking skills to anyone who needed them. Whether it was family, friends, or his church if he could help he would.

He is survived by his wife of 58 years Audrey Woolley of Friendship; daughters Karen Venerable and her husband Robert of Brick, N.J., Melody Mazzoni and her husband Dean of Toms River, N.J.; mother Michalene Woolley of Wall, N.J.; brothers Raymond Woolley of Brick, N.J.; Robert Woolley and his wife Vivian of Brick, N.J.; grandchildren Shawn, Kyle, Dana, Dean Jr., and Amanda.

A celebration of life will be held Saturday, April 13, at 2 p.m. at Friendship United Methodist Church with Rev. Bob Dorr officiating.

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