Walter Woods Dies at 83, Managed Mansion House

Walter C. Woods, 83, beloved husband of Marion A. Woods, died Feb. 19 in Naples, Fla.

Walter was a stalwart of the Vineyard Haven community for many years, having assisted his father in the management of the original Mansion House Hotel and the founding of Woods Causeway Apartments.

Born in Worcester, he and his family moved several times. He graduated from Winthrop High School. Following graduation, he was employed at the Quincy Ship Yard and thereafter entered the U.S. Army where, during World War II, he served with distinction in the war theatres of Burma, India and China.

After his discharge from the service in 1945, Walter moved to the Island, where he worked with his father, George, who had recently purchased the Mansion House. In 1948, Walter married Marion A. Lair of Vineyard Haven.

From the experience he gleaned at the Mansion House, Walter recognized the need for apartment resort accommodations. In building a resort apartment community nestled on Causeway Road in Vineyard Haven, he offered an Island experience enjoyed by generations of visitors. Mr. Woods and his wife, Marion, operated the business year-round until their retirement in 1977.

A well-respected businessman, Walter proudly served his community on the building committee of the Martha's Vineyard Regional High School, as a member of the founding group of the Bass Derby, and numerous boards, and committees throughout Tisbury.

In 1977, he and his wife relocated to Naples, Fla., where they continued to stay in touch with their many Vineyard friends.

Survivors include Marion A. Woods, his wife of 58 years; his two sons, Walter C. Woods Jr. and Eric C. Woods; three grandchildren, Julie Woods Meader, Carlton Lair Woods and Diana Woods; and three great-grandchildren.

An Island memorial service is planned for the summer. Remembrances may be directed to the American Heart Association, the American Lung Association or a charity of choice.