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Brendan P. "Woody" Woodworth

Brendan P. "Woody" Woodworth
  • April 22, 1995 - November 22, 2019
  • Melrose, Massachusetts
  • In lieu of flowers, the Woodworth family stongly suggests memorial contributions be made to:)
  • Boston Children's Hospital
    300 Longwood Ave.
    Boston, MA 02115
  • Make-A-Wish Foundation
    133 Federal St. 2nd Floor
    Boston, MA 02110

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“Dear Alan, Maureen and Meghan,I was so sorry to hear of Brendan's passing. Your love for him and him for you was so evident! Please know that you...Read More »
1 of 32 | Posted by: kathy mathews - milford

“Alan, Maureen and Meghan,I continue to keep you all in my thoughts and prayers. What a profound loss for all who knew Brendan. Thank you for...Read More »
2 of 32 | Posted by: Kenny Laferriere - Charlton, MA

“didn't know Brendan but just read obituary...24 yrs is way too young but its 24 yrs that he and those who knew him wouldn't have had without a heart...Read More »
3 of 32 | Posted by: steve sards - melrose, MA

“Brendan was a very special guy. He was always courteous and respectful, very funny, had a great laugh, and was passionate and caring. He always put a...Read More »
4 of 32 | Posted by: Kevin Hanover Hanover - Melrose, MA

“I am so very sorry for your loss. I remember Brendan from the Horace Mann School. He was such a wonderful young man. Meghan when you were in...Read More »
5 of 32 | Posted by: Karen LiCausi - Melrose, MA

“Very sorry for your loss. Our families thoughts and prayers are with you and yours. ”
6 of 32 | Posted by: The Healy Family - Melrose, MA

“I'm very sorry for your loss ”
7 of 32 | Posted by: Yvonne Vanderhorst - Melrose, MA

“Brendan, you will always be one of the people I think about when reflecting on my college experience. You were one of my classmates (one of the first...Read More »
8 of 32 | Posted by: Rudy - UK - friend

“Brendan was one of the most genuine, fun loving people I've ever met. Never a dull moment when he was around. I will cherish all of the memories made...Read More »
9 of 32 | Posted by: Anthony Cuellar - Saugus, MA

“Please accept our sympathy. Words can not express how deeply sorry we are for the loss of your beloved Brendan. We hope your most cherished memories...Read More »
10 of 32 | Posted by: Lisa Denehy - Billerica, MA

“"Blessed are they that mourn, for they shall be comforted" Matthew ”
11 of 32 | Posted by: Stephen Woodworth - Bourne, MA

“So, so sorry. Words cannot express. I adored Brendan. He was a shining star with an amazing attitude about life. I so much enjoyed spending...Read More »
12 of 32 | Posted by: David Campbell - Londonderry, NH

“I am so sorry that you are suffering the loss of Brendan. He was such a cute little boy. Please accept my sympathies.Regards,Elaine D. Glover ”
13 of 32 | Posted by: Elaine Glover - Gilford, NH

“I am sorry for your loss. I worked with Steve at Trillium. ”
14 of 32 | Posted by: Ian Jackson - Arlington, MA

“May the Irish hills caress you.May her lakes and rivers bless you.May the luck of the Irish enfold you.May the blessings of St Patrick behold you.RIP...Read More »
15 of 32 | Posted by: Lyle Woodworth - Melrose, MA

“To the Woodworth Family - I am so deeply sorry for the loss of Brendan. He will always be remembered for his caring heart, contagious laugh, and...Read More »
16 of 32 | Posted by: Alyssa Abbott - Melrose, MA

“Rest In Peace Brendan ❤ ”
17 of 32 | Posted by: Anthony Coughlan - Quincy, MA

“Stand up and Pause......For a Great Person has Passed. ”
18 of 32 | Posted by: Stephen Woodworth - Bourne, MA

“I'm so sorry. I wish I could come to the services tonight. What a difficult time and how generous for you to still give while grieving. There are no...Read More »
19 of 32 | Posted by: Tammy Gibson - Sudbury, MA

“Dear Alan, Maureen & Meghan,One of our joys was knowing Brendan as a playful young child and then as an engaging young man. Alan and Maureen, you...Read More »
20 of 32 | Posted by: Maureen DeVivo - Melrose, MA

“We are so deeply sorry for the loss of Brendan. He was such a great kid our whole family always enjoyed spending time with him at Sheila's & those...Read More »
21 of 32 | Posted by: Erin & Fred Good - Melrose, MA

“I am so very sorry and sadden to hear of your loss of Brendan . My thoughts are with your family ”
22 of 32 | Posted by: Andrea Robbins - Melrose, MA

“I have had many, many students in all my years in education so it is a testament to Brendan how very vividly I remember him! I especially remember...Read More »
23 of 32 | Posted by: Dr. Dael Angelico-Hart - MA

“I'm so very sorry for the loss of your son Brendan. He was a great friend to my son Curtis and he will be deeply missed. ”
24 of 32 | Posted by: Susan Melesciuc - Chelsea, MA

“Brendan was a special young man who lit up every room he walked into. He was one of the kindest souls I have ever had the pleasure to cross paths...Read More »
25 of 32 | Posted by: Enrique Serrano - Saugus, MA

“I am so sorry to hear of Brendan's far too early passing. We had lots of fun in 5th grade at Horace Mann. He and his posse were always up to...Read More »
26 of 32 | Posted by: Beverly Hinckley - Wakefield, MA

“My sincere expression of sympathy to the Woodworth Family. He was a special young man and we appreciated his time with us at Pope John High. ”
27 of 32 | Posted by: Thomas Mahoney - Malden, MA

“My thoughts and prayers are with you during this time ”
28 of 32 | Posted by: Kim Watson - Melrosr, MA - Friend

“We so sorry for your loss. Prayers from Brian, Sheila, Haleigh and Hannah Butler. ”
29 of 32 | Posted by: brian butler - Melrose, MA

“Hey Cousin's. no words to describe the feelings but know you all are in our thoughts and prayers. Your cuz rick, chris and the boys. ”
30 of 32 | Posted by: Rick Merrick - Tewksbury, MA

“The Gately Family and Staff wish to express our sincere sympathy to you. It is our hope that we may be able to make a difficult time more bearable....Read More »
31 of 32 | Posted by: John W. Gately, John H. Gately & Fred Sprague - MA

“Maureen, Alan & Meghan, The world lost a special guy and our hearts are broken for you all! Brendan was never without a smile and a friendly hello....Read More »
32 of 32 | Posted by: Linda Abbott and family - Melrose, MA


Brendan "Melrose" "Woody" Woodworth of Melrose, age 24, died peacefully with family at his side on November 22, 2019. Brendan is survived by his beloved parents, Alan and Maureen (Kenny), and his cherished sister and best friend, Meghan, all of Melrose. Brendan is also survived by his devoted grandparents, Patrick and Carole Kenny of Everett. He was preceded in death by his grandmother Margaret Woodworth. Brendan's loving family also included his many aunts and uncles: Sheila, Steve, Diane, and Lyle all of Melrose; Stephen of Bourne, MA; James of Malden; Patrick and Wendy of Hamilton; Jennifer of Surprise, AZ as well as many special cousins: Lauren, Kathryne, Nicholas, Caroline, Madison, Kelsey, Liam, Sean, Keith and Emily.

Brendan received a heart transplant at eight weeks of age and because of the kindness and generosity of his donor he brought 24 years of joy to all who knew him. Thanks to the expert care of an amazing and devoted team at Boston Children's hospital led by Brendan's admired cardiologist, Leslie Smoot, MD, Brendan lived an accomplished life.

Brendan attended Melrose Public Schools (Horace Mann and Melrose Middle School) and graduated Pope John XXIII High School in Everett, class of 2014. He received a BA degree in Communications and Professional Sales from Plymouth State University, Plymouth NH, class of 2018.

Brendan was just getting started in his professional sales career. He was employed at Staples Corporation as a business to business sales associate. He loved the challenge of connecting with prospective clients. He was recently recognized for quarterly quota achievements and was proud to be part of the Staples team.
Brendan's passion was sports; both playing and spectating. He played youth sports in Melrose including hockey, baseball, and lacrosse. At Pope John, he continued playing varsity hockey and baseball. Brendan was an avid Boston sports fan and was especially devoted to the Red Sox and Bruins. In his quest to visit every MLB park, Brendan visited eight but none compared to his love of Fenway. He was recognized as a Red Sox/Children's Hospital Shining Star in an on-field ceremony; one of his finest childhood memories.

Brendan traveled extensively with his parents, sister, grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins. Family trips included multiple trips to Disney as a boy. More recently Brendan visited St. Thomas, the British Virgin Islands and skiing at Breckinridge, Colarado. With his parents and sister, Brendan celebrated his college graduation with a memory filled tour of Italy. Brendan's most cherished vacations were spent on Cape Cod. He loved spending time with family and friends by the ocean.
Brendan lived well and with purpose. He was truly a special and unique young man who had every gift but years. He was fiercely loyal and always a true friend. He was humble and genuine in the way he experienced the world. Being present and connected to family and friends was paramount to Brendan. Brendan's sense of humor was his greatest gift. You knew by the sparkle in his eye that a mischievous prank or outrageously funny comment was next.

Brendan made our lives richer and our world better. His final gifts were his cornea and skin to enhance the lives of others. In honor of Brendan, please consider registering to be an organ and tissue donor at: donatelifenewengland.org.

Visitation will be held at the Gately Funeral Home, 79 W. Foster St. Melrose on Friday, November 29, 2019 from 3:00-7:00PM. A Celebration of Brendan's life will be held at the Melrose Highlands Congregational Church, 355 Franklin St. Melrose on Saturday, November 30, 2019 at 10:30AM. Relatives and friends are respectfully in vited to attend. Interment will be private.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Brendan's memory to: Boston Children's Hospital, 300 Longwood Avenue, Boston MA 02115 or Make-A-Wish Foundation, 133 Federal Street, Boston, MA 02110