Woody Maloney passes

Woody Maloney © Tod Marks

by The Aiken Standard

James “Woody” Woodruff Maloney Jr. died February 5, 2023, at the age of 69.

Woody was born October 20, 1953 in Long Island, New York to the late James Woodruff Maloney Sr. and the late Elizabeth Hyland Maloney. Growing up, his family split their time between East Norwich, Long Island, NY and a home on Colleton Ave. in Aiken, SC. His father, James, was a prominent horse trainer who was inducted into the Aiken Thoroughbred Hall of Fame and the National Museum of Racing Hall of Fame in Saratoga Springs, NY. His mother, Lib, was one of the premier show riders during the 1930s and was awarded the Alfred B. MaClay Trophy, at the National Horse Show, in Madison Square Garden in 1934, which was the highest national award for a junior. Woody grew up riding in the Hitchcock Woods and would become a well-known steeplechase rider. He was involved with the Aiken Steeplechase Association and a keen court tennis player at The Aiken Tennis Club. 

Woody is survived by his sister, Sheila Maloney.

Services will be held at a later date. The Historic George Funeral Home & Cremation Center, 211 Park Ave., SW, Aiken, SC 29801 (803.649.6234), has charge of arrangements.

Expressions of sympathy for the family may be left by visiting www.georgefuneralhomes.com

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