John Sidney Wood
7 July, 1922 – 13 September, 2021
Born Twickenham, England, July 7, 1922 – Died South Surrey/White Rock, September 13, 2021
John Wood passed away peacefully and on his own terms at Peace Arch Hospital, White Rock, BC., active in mind and body until the end. Son of the late Rev. Sidney Wood and Vera Wood, he was predeceased by his wife Pauline, and his sister Enid Moysey. He is survived by his devoted daughter Helen, son David (Kathleen), wonderful grandchildren who gave him great joy: Alex, Pauline, Nick, and Peter, (all of Vancouver), sister-in-law Phyllis Crowe (Truro, NS), nieces and nephews across the country, and loving friend Marlene Taylor (Montreal).
John felt extremely lucky to have lived into his 100th year in good health and was appreciative of all he was given in his life. Of the many joys, he was:
* Thankful for his parents and the wonderful upbringing they gave him and his sister Enid.
* Thankful for his early years in India and England and the opportunity given the family to immigrate to Canada in 1930.
* Thankful for his formative years in Quebec’s Eastern Townships with great memories of fun activities and sports with friends.
* Thankful for his time with the RCAF and returning to Canada alive after World War II, unlike so many of his childhood friends who died in service. They were the real heroes.
* Thankful for the gift of education at McGill, Bachelor of Commerce 1950, the inspiring teachers, like Cyril James, and his classmates.
* Thankful for his family life with Pauline, Helen, and David in Dorval, Quebec and all the happy times that life in that community of friends provided.
* Thankful for his career at Canadair Ltd and later Dawson College, which offered great experiences, and where work colleagues and students remained lifelong friends.
* Thankful for the opportunity to retire to White Rock, BC offering new places to explore and new people to meet.
* Thankful for being able to telephone around the world to speak to family and friends.
* Thankful for Knowledge Network that provided ongoing education and fed his brain, particularly during Covid, with new things to learn every day.
* Thankful for all those who engaged in conversation over the years, where connections were made and opinions and thoughts exchanged.
* Thankful for friends and staff at Chartwell Crescent Gardens during the last three years.
* Thankful to God for all the joys, friendships, and simple pleasures on this wonderful earth.
A memorial service will be held at 11:00 AM on October 22nd, 2021 at St Marks Ocean Park Anglican Church 12953 20th Avenue, Surrey, BC V4A 1Z1
In lieu of flowers, donations appreciated in John’s name to: Mission to Seafarers, Red Cross Refugee Relief, Stephen Lewis Foundation, or to a charity of your choice.
John Sidney Wood
Marlene & Milan Jurisevic
19 October 2021
Our sincere condolences on John's passing. We were lucky to enjoy his and Marlene's company at Legion dances over the years. John was happy sharing his love of music and we have fond memories of him always asking the band of the evening to play 'Spanish Eyes.' A lovely person that we will always remember.
8 October 2021
At the Mission to Seafarers in Vancouver we are all thankful for John (Mr Wood) , for the conversations on the phone with his obvious concern for the well being of the seafarers who came to the port on ships, for his ongoing desire to support the work of the Mission.
We give thanks for his long and full life and think of and hold his family in our prayers. Chaplain Peter
6 October 2021
My dear friend John ,
This is not the “dear John letter” that I ever wish to write. It’s so hard to believe that you have left us, I have missed you every day since Marlene told us the dreaded news. Your smile and laughter will always remain a special memory in my heart. Your optimism and positively had alway brighten up my day! Our time spent together will always be cherished. You will always be my friend, my hero, my idol and mentor through life. I will miss you my dear friend, may you find peace and happiness wherever you are!
Your friend Red Chang
5 October 2021
Our sympathy to John’s family. Fond memories of Polly and John at St. Mark’s,Dorval.
Sincerely Roger and Myra Carter
4 October 2021
Glad to have known you John. From another WW2 veteran Rest in Peace.Members of RCL 240 will certainly miss your comradeship.Percvival Smith.MN
4 October 2021
I'm so very sorry to hear about John's passing. John was a avid supporter of the arts in our community and a frequent volunteer at the White Rock Players club. We had many wonderful conversations about music and theatre, and he was always generous in his praise of the talented people in our local area. My sincere condolences to John's family and friends. He will be missed.
30 September 2021
Sincere condolences to Helen and David and families on the death of your beloved John after a full and meaningful life.
As neighbors of the "Wood's" for many years in Dorval we saw our families grow to be fine young people.
I am writing also on behalf of Phyllis who sadly died in June 2020.
I shall be leaving the Parkwood Circle home after 59 years—the dinosaur on the street.