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Lockwood Lyons

March 7, 1949 — April 24, 2024



Lockwood J. "Woody" Lyons CWO-4- USN (Ret), passed away on April 24, 2024. Born March 7, 1949 he was the son of the late Frank J and Marion P. (Kelly) Lyons. He was the husband of the late Deborah L. (Throneburg) Lyons and the late Nancy E. (Blunt) Lyons. He is survived by his children and stepchildren Nancy E. Cicogna of South Kingston, RI, Jaye Cunningham (George) of North Kingstown, RI, Barbra T. Gremza (Derek) of Cumberland, RI., Michael L. Lyons (Trish) of Houston TX, Patrick K. Lyons (Shelly) of Marlboro, MA and Michael F. Lyons of Norfolk, VA., twelve grandchildren and six great grandchildren. He was the brother of Patricia F. Doolan (Ronald) of Promerence, AZ. and Mary V. Donnelly of Danbury CT. He was predeceased by his brothers Michael K. Lyons and Sean F. Lyons, and his loving companion Alice R. Wallace.

Woody grew up in the Danbury Ct area. He graduated from Immaculate High School and joined the US Navy in Sept of 1968. During his almost twenty-three years in the Navy he served on seven ships, from deck seaman to Officer of the Deck Underway, and taught Seamanship at Officer Candidate School in Newport, RI. He was also responsible for the development of a curriculum for Amphibious Operations Officers at the Surface Warfare School in Newport, RI.

Upon retirement from the Navy in 1991 he was the Project Manager for twenty-one years for a marine services contractor that provided services for the operation and maintenance of the water borne craft at Still Water Basin for the Naval Undersea Warfare Center. He was a licensed Merchant Marine Captain (Master 1600 ton Near Coastal). After he retired in 2012, he pursued and accomplished his lifelong ambition to visit Ireland and all major league baseball parks. He was a knowledgeable and enthusiastic baseball fan and an avid NY Yankees supporter. He was a life member of the Aquidneck Island All Vets Club, life member of VFW Post 4487 Middletown, and had membership in the Newport Sportsman Club, Fleet Reserve, and the Friendly Son of Newport.

He was grateful and thankful for the many opportunities afforded him and for the support of his family, mentors and friends who helped him along the way. With a cold beer he could entertain with a good sea story or a joke (mostly Irish), he had hundreds of each. He enjoyed life and was fun to be with. All services will be private; he will be buried at sea.

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