Woodrow J. “Woody” Verge, 101, formerly of Friendship, died Tuesday morning, Jan. 9, 2018, at Cove’s Edge in Damariscotta following a brief illness.

He was born Sep. 26, 1916, in Port Clyde, a son of Enos and Hattie (Geary) Verge, who both predeceased him, and was a graduate of Thomaston High School. On June 22, 1939, he married Ella Williams in Friendship, where they made their home and raised their son, Dana.

During World War II, Woody worked driving a bus from Livermore to Bath, transporting workers to Bath Iron Works. For many years, he was employed as the manager of the Feyler Fish Co. in Rockland. After his retirement, they moved to Waldoboro and became the first residents of the Coles Hill Apartments, where Woody worked as the property manager well beyond his 90th birthday. Woody’s greatest passion was driving a school bus for more than 33 years. He drove for school districts in Thomaston and Waldoboro, but his greatest memories were driving the athletic teams of the former Georges Valley High School.

Woody was a 70-year member of the Meduncook Masonic Lodge 211 in Friendship, and a member of Friendship United Methodist Church, where he served as the treasurer and trustee for more than 30 years. In recent years, he was a member of the Waldoboro United Methodist Church. Woody served the town of Friendship as a selectman from 1962 to 1972, and was instrumental in the building of the Hahn Center. This past year, he was presented the Boston Post Cane fby the town of Waldoboro, recognizing him as the town’s oldest citizen.

Every morning, Woody could be found sitting in “his booth” at Moody’s Diner. He was one of Moody’s first customers, eating at their original location on Old Route One in Waldoboro. He had the menu memorized, and knew all the specials. The waitresses were “his girls,” and the entire staff was like extended family to him. He looked forward to spending time with them every day, and was so happy to spend his birthdays at Moody’s with his family and friends.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his loving wife of more than 71 years, who died Feb. 5, 2011; his daughter-in-law, Donalene Dow Verge, who died May 8, 2017; his brother, Enos Verge; and two sisters, Evelyn Moody and Ethelyn Verge.

Woody is survived by his son, Dana Verge, of Thomaston; his granddaughter, Sonia Verge Bates, and her companion, Greg Berry, of Washington; four great-grandchildren, Shane, Garrett, Trevor and Caitlin; three great-great-grandchildren, Molly, Isabella and Violet; a sister, Anna McAlpine, of Westbrook; and several nieces and nephews. He is also survived by his special friends, Paul and Holly Smeltzer of Waldoboro, and their children, Aaron and Cassandra; and his neighbors Kerwin and Volene Creamer of Waldoboro. They gave Woody loving care, which helped him live at home almost to the very end.

Relatives and friends are invited to join the family for a funeral service to celebrate his life at 1 p.m. Sunday afternoon, Jan. 14, at the Friendship United Methodist Church, Main Street, Friendship. The Rev. Bob Door will officiate.

Should friends desire, donations may be made in Woody’s memory to Oceanside Boosters, 400 Broadway, Rockland, ME 04841; or to Medomak Valley All Sports Boosters, 320 Manktown Road, Waldoboro, ME 04572.

Arrangements are with Strong-Hancock Funeral Home, Damariscotta,. Condolences and messages for Woody’s family, may be expressed by visiting StrongHancock.com.