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The Rev. Dino ‘Like Boom’ Woodard passes at 79

Herb Boyd | 4/24/2014, 1:10 p.m.

A decade or so later, Woodard was on his last odyssey toward the ministry, eventually obtaining his Master of Divinity degree from the New York Theological Seminary after earning his Bachelor of Arts from the College of New Rochelle. It was always such a pleasure to encounter him during my moments at Abyssinian Baptist Church, where he assumed several important duties, including assistant to the pastor, which didn’t restrict or confine his commitment to the community at large. He was a walking, talking spiritual advisor to so many residents, particularly activists concerned with police misconduct, the multitude of homeless people or the young people in need of counseling.

“This devotion to the community was part of his mission as a minister,” his wife, Suzanne, said a week after his homegoing. “He never complained about anything, and there was an almost military-like bearing about him that commanded respect for all those who came in contact with him. “

She said what she will miss most is the travel they did together, as well as his gentle tenderness. “He was a very loving, thoughtful man, and despite his busy schedule, he always found time to bring me some flowers,” she said.

Photography was another passion of Woodard’s, that is, when he wasn’t fulfilling his responsibilities in the Masonic Lodge or promoting sundry benefits such as the Ted Rhodes Golf Classic. Even as his health declined, Woodard’s faith in God and devotion to his family kept him active until the final day on March 1.

According to the funeral program, Woodard was the last of his siblings on this earthly plain, and he leaves to cherish his legacy his loving wife, Suzanne, a most accomplished musician whom he married in 1999; stepsons Harold Lee Reid Jr. and Kelly Reid; stepdaughters Yvette Thomas and Bernadette Reid Collins; grandsons Kiam, Dequan (boxer), Jaquan, Noble and Aaron (affectionately known as “Rev. Collins”); granddaughter, Janee Hume; six great-grandchildren; nieces Dedrienne McKenzie, Dolecia Williams, Dianjunese Williams, Davelyn Norwood and Nicara McKenzie; nephew, Lester Norwood (Kristie); as well as a host of grandnieces, nephews and cousins.

And “like boom,” the fight continues …