Stephen Guild Woodward

SOUTHBURY — Stephen Guild Woodward, 88, passed away peacefully in his sleep on Friday, August 16, 2019. He was the husband of the late Judie (Thompson) Woodward.

Steve was born March 2, 1931 in Trenton, N.J., the son of the late Arthur and Lillian Woodward. He was a 1949 graduate of Columbia High School in South Orange, N.J. and received a mechanical engineering degree in 1953 from Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pa.

He worked for Bendix in Elmira, N.Y., as project manager, where he was part of the team that pioneered the fuel injection system for cars. He went on to work for many interesting engineering firms at an executive level, including president of Amphenol in Danbury.

He met his wife, Judie, at summer camp in Maine when they were 16 and they ran into each other again at a college dance. They were married for 68 years.

Steve was a long-time member of the Southbury Baptist Church and became a chaplain in his later years, where he loved going to visit the elderly. He was a member of the Gideons and the Southern Baptist Association.

He had a huge heart and would go out of his way to help anyone if he could. His family will miss his bright smile and great sense of humor, his optimistic look at life and the way a good hot cup of coffee would make him smile inside and out.

He leaves his daughter, Susan Kvietkus; his son, David Woodward and his wife, Michelle; his granddaughter, Alexandra and her husband, Mauro, and great-grandson, Matteo Richard Belli; his granddaughter, Mathiah Kvietkus and her fiance, Ben Papparrazo; his brother, John, 85, and his sister, Priscilla, 95.

Besides his wife and his parents, he was preceded in death by his sisters, Gay and Merry; his daughter, Debbie, his son, Mark, and his son-in-law, Richard Kvietkus.

Funeral services will be announced at a later date.

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