David C. Woodward, 86, passed away Dec. 9, 2011. Survived by his wife, Grace 'Gay' Woodward; daughters, Tanya Knorr of Atlanta, Ga. and Kathi Knox of Boston, Mass.; grandchildren, Elizabeth Harrison and David Knorr of Atlanta; Alicia, Michael, Paul and Beatrice Knox, all of Boston; great-grandchild, Marin Knorr; sister-in-law, Margaret Frey of Wauwatosa, Wis.; and three nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by his son, Michael David Woodward in 1985. David was born to Arthur and Millicent Woodward on Aug. 9, 1925, in Tacoma, Wash. He served in the U.S. Marines during WWII. He was an underwater photographer and SCUBA diver who had the privilege of diving alongside Lloyd Bridges, Walter Cronkite, Buzz Aldrin as well as many other well-known celebrities. He was honored as an award winning photographer by International Legends of Diving. In addition to his amazing career as a SCUBA diver/photographer, he also enjoyed snow skiing. There will be no viewing. Cremation, Montgomery & Steward Crematorium. Memorial service, 2 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2011, at First Methodist Church, 11th and Court, with the Rev. Dr. Rick Calhoun officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Divers Alert Network or First Methodist Church through Montgomery & Steward Funeral Directors, 1317 N. Main St., Pueblo, CO 81003. Online condolences, www.montgomerysteward.com

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  1. Dave was my best friend and my mentor. Both Dave and Gay were my second family when Dave and I began our diving careers in Spokane. He was the finest man I ever knew and I would trust him with my life.
    With sympathy and love,
    Ron & Val

  2. Dear Gay,
    Gerry and I want you to know that you and your family are in our thoughts and prayers at this time. We have both lost our mates,so know what you are experiencing. We won’t say the usual things that people say at a time like this, because we are all different and have to handle our grief in our own way. We will be in touch.
    With all our love.

  3. NAUI Worldwide would like to send our condolences to Dave Woodward’s wife and family. We thank him for many years of outstanding service to NAUI and sport diving. He will be missed.

  4. I met Dave and Gay in San Salvador, Bahamas in 1978 when they came to the island to operate the Photo Center for the Riding Rock Inn. Dave was always generous with his time and talent and encouraged all of us divemasters to learn about underwater photography and marine life identification.
    The Woodwards acted as surrogate parents to the five young divemasters at the resort. He will always be remembered a gentle and tolerant man. His sly sense of humor and love for the ocean and the underwater world were an inspiration to thousands of vacationing divers.

  5. For me, Dave and his wife Gay are exemplary human beings. I find peace and hope knowing that Dave lives on through his family, those he touched, and his many good deeds.

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