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John Spencer Wooff was born in Yorkshire, England in 1898 to Isaac and Annie Wooff. In 1906, he emigrated to Canada with his family, who settled first in the Rocanville, Saskatchewan district and then in the Turtleford-St. Walburg district. Wooff grew up on the family farm and was educated in the district. He married Estelle Marian Jackson (born 1895) in 1919. After their marriage, the Wooffs moved to North Battleford, where John completed more schooling and worked for the Canadian National Railway. Estelle completed studies for an associate degree in music.
John Wooff earned Bachelor (1927) and Master (1939) of Arts degrees and a Bachelor of Education degree (1930) from the University of Saskatchewan. Wooff began his career as an educator in 1928 as a high school language and history teacher. After serving with the Royal Canadian Air Force during the Second World War, Wooff returned to Saskatchewan and began his employment with the Department of Education as a superintendent of schools for the Foam Lake School Unit No. 38 (c. 1948 to 1954) and superintendent of high schools. Wooff retired around 1967.
The Wooffs continued to reside in Regina after John Wooff's retirement. John Wooff died in Regina on October 17, 1977. Estelle Wooff died in Regina on April 15, 1982.
The Wooffs had two children: Laura and Evelyn. Laura currently (2010) continues to reside in Newfoundland while Evelyn resides in Halifax, Nova Scotia.