Merritt Wooding

Obituary of Merritt Wooding

November 4, 1936 –August 1, 2015. Dr. Merritt B. Wooding, 78, of Hope, New Jersey passed away quietly on August 1, 2015 after a long battle with Parkinson's Disease. He is survived by his beloved wife Pamela, his children, Michael Wooding his wife Jaclyn and his daughter Heather Wooding, three grandchildren Lilia, Michaela, and Holden, his brothers Elden and Paul Wooding, a niece and nephew Kathryn and Patrick Tominey. Dr. Wooding was a loving husband and father, and a friend to many people and animals, always offering a kind word with a gentle spirit.

Growing up on a dairy farm in Mt. Holly, New Jersey, Dr. Wooding knew at a young age that he wanted to be a veterinarian. He spent two years at the University of Massachusetts before being granted early acceptance into Cornell University's College of Veterinary Medicine, where he graduated in 1961. In 1964, he purchased a single-doctor practice, the Blairstown Animal Hospital in Blairstown, New Jersey. At that time it was mostly a large animal practice, with various small animals to keep things interesting. His mornings would often start at 4:30am to tend to a sick cow or horse, and go until 9 at night when he finished the small animal appointments. He always considered veterinary medicine to be more than a job - it was his passion.

In the summer of 2010 he retired completely from veterinary medicine. At that point, Blairstown Animal Hospital had transformed from a one-doctor country practice to a five-doctor progressive small animal hospital. When asked what he loved the most about his career, he never hesitated to say it was not only the animals, but equally the people - those great clients he had come to know over the years. He spent his retirement years living on his horse farm with his wife Pamela, playing golf with his brothers, visiting with his children and grandchildren, and skiing in Colorado. Being the consummate farm boy at heart, he often said that some of his happiest times were when he was driving one of his vintage tractors, fixing broken farm equipment and just hanging around the barn with Pam, his horses and his dog, Filly.

Merritt will be sorely missed by his family, friends and clients. And many of his four footed patients were sure to have shed a tear when he passed.

The family will receive friends on Wednesday, August 5, from 1-3pm and 7-9 pm, at the Newbaker Funeral Home, 200 Route 94, Blairstown, New Jersey. Funeral Services will be held on Thursday August 6, at 11 am at Newbaker Funeral Home. A repast will be held at the Inn at Millrace Pond, in Hope, New Jersey following the funeral. The family asks that in lieu of flowers, contributions please be made to the Cornell University Feline Research Center, 235 Hungerford Hill Road, Ithaca, New York 14853.