Roger Woodward Still Embracing Miracle of Life Thanks to ‘Miracle at Niagara’

July 13, 2019

Roger Woodward, 7, floats in the water after surviving a plunge over the Horseshoe Falls, protected only by a life vest after a boating accident July 9, 1960. (Buffalo News file photo)
Roger Woodward, 7, floats in the water after surviving a plunge over the Horseshoe Falls, protected only by a life vest after a boating accident July 9, 1960. 

Roger Woodward is traveling soon to see his newborn grandson Jack. The infant is the fourth grandchild for Woodward and his wife Susan, a “really wonderful person” he married 43 years ago. The couple raised three sons, the youngest now 32, and describing his family is Woodward’s best answer for the question everyone asks.

What does it mean to survive going over Niagara Falls?

More specifically, make that the Horseshoe Falls, whose shape and essence Woodward understands with an intimacy shared by few others. He was 7 years old on July 9, 1960, when a boat ride with a family friend in the Niagara River turned into a cascade of utter fear and loss.
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