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Harry J Will Funeral Homes

37000 W Six Mile Road, Livonia, MI

OBITUARY

Paul Andrew Wood

June 27, 1956June 28, 2020
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Paul Andrew Wood passed away on Sunday, June 28, 2020 after a brave and courageous 15-month battle with pancreatic cancer.

Paul was born to Edwin & Catherine (Van Leuvenhage) Wood on June 27, 1956 in Detroit, MI. Paul was incredibly close with his five siblings and, despite being the youngest, Paul was always their protector, cheerleader, and voice of comfort in hard times. These qualities extended beyond his brothers and sisters, as Paul had a unique and special ability to connect with each person he met, taking genuine interest in their lives even if only a momentary encounter.

Following in his father’s footsteps, Paul pursued a career in law enforcement and was hired onto Livonia Police Department as a cadet at the age of 18 on May 5, 1975. Paul was sworn in as an officer in August of 1978. Paul dedicated his life to public service and he impacted the lives of countless officers and members of the community through his empathy and compassion.

As a young man, Paul was introduced to the beauty of Great Lakes while on a scuba trip with a dear and lifelong friend. Thus began his passion for and appreciation of the lakes and the mighty freighters that traverse them. We are grateful to the Interlake Steamship Company, specifically the captain and crew of the Paul R. Tregurtha, who gave Paul the experience of a lifetime through their kindness and hospitality.

Paul met the love of his life, Diane, in Livonia, MI and they were married on October 21, 1978 at St. Colette. Their home was always full of love and laughter; whether it was Sunday dinners with family, watching his beloved Notre Dame football team with his sons and brother Ray, or pizza nights with friends and a Red Wings game.

After retirement, Paul and Diane moved to Charlevoix, MI where they were blessed to meet many dear friends and host numerous friends and family from “downstate”. Paul adored his grandchildren and enjoyed taking day trips with them to some of his favorite Northern Michigan spots, specifically on and around Lake Superior. Paul enjoyed volunteering as a lector at St. Mary’s Church and sharing his time praying and talking with residents of American House. Paul had a deep and unwavering faith that gave him strength to persevere despite his pain.

Paul was preceded in death by his parents and brother, Raymond, whom Paul loved dearly and who he considered his hero. Paul is survived by his wife Diane and children and grandchildren, who he was infinitely proud of: daughter Christina (Greg) Alcala and granddaughters Gabriella, Juliet, and Adrianna; son Paul (Jessica) Wood and grandson Rowan; son James (Jennifer) Wood and grandchildren Natalie, Matthew, and Jacob.

Friends may visit on Thursday, July 2, 2020 at Harry J. Will Funeral Home 37000 West Six Mile Road, Livonia, Michigan 48152 from 3:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. On Friday, July 3, 2020, visitation continues from 9:30 a.m. until the time of Mass at 10:00 a.m. at St. Aidan's Catholich Church 17500 Farmington Road, Livonia, Michigan 48152.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to Michigan Concerns of Police Survivors (Mi-COPS). P.O. Box 627, Hartland, Michigan 48353 (www.micops.org).

Please share a memory of Paul or condolences with his family at his online guest book below.

Services

  • Visitation Thursday

    Thursday, July 2, 2020

  • Visitation Friday at Church

    Friday, July 3, 2020

  • Mass of the Resurrection

    Friday, July 3, 2020

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Kat Goble

July 5, 2020

Diane and family,

I am so sorry I missed the services due to work but we know that Paul would have understood and I pray you do as well. I will always remember fondly my conversations with Sgt about our faith, caring for others and our pride in the job we do. He was one of the best supervisors anyone could wish for, especially those of us in dispatch. He had a heart bigger then this world and was a man that anyone could lean on. What a blessing he has been for so many. My prayers are with all of you.

God Speed Paul,

Kat Goble

Diane Martin

July 3, 2020

I met Paul Wood when I became a co op for the Livonia Police Department in 1990. He was one of the first officers I met. Paul was a true gentleman and always came and checked on me. He was also my cousins D.A.R.E officer. He also came to my graduation from the academy. He was always smiling and full of life. My thoughts and prayers to his family. He will be greatly missed.

Valda Vandersloot

July 3, 2020

Paul was in my English class when I taught at Stevenson. A very polite, kind young man. Then a few years later I started dating a certain Livonia Police Officer and surprise! ran into Paul again. We are both so sad for his family.

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Diane Geverink

July 3, 2020

I worked in the same office space in the police department as Paul during the last three years of his career. From that vantage point I can attest that all that is said of him is true. Paul was a fine and good human being; a very Catholic man who was in this world, but not of it. May he rest in peace. My sympathy to his family for their loss.

Donna Castone

July 3, 2020

It was an honor to know Paul, he is a beautiful gentle soul. Thank you for sharing him with me, my sister Antoinette Johnston and our family. God bless the family. We all have an angel watching over us in heaven.

Jeff Perkins

July 2, 2020

I hired on with Paul. We are “The Five Five Boyz”. Hired on LPD together 05/05/1975. Many great times with my Brother Paul & many great LPD Anniversary dinner nights out. Great time recently when Roger Degen & I came to visit in Charlevoix. Just like old times. Miss you already. Love you Brother.

Bruce MacDonald

July 2, 2020

I'm so sorry for your loss. I worked on the Livonia Fire Department parallel to Paul's career. He and My brother Doug knew each other from High School. Paul was a gentleman, and a nice guy. He WAS the perfect Police officer, and lived the "Motto", to protect and to serve. We planned on keeping in touch after our careers were over, and ran in to each other at Krogers on some occasions. He was inspiring, in His thoughtful approach to policing in the City of Livonia.......one of the "Good Guys"............Sincerely, Bruce MacDonald, (Retired LFD, Sr. Capt.)

Raymond Laundroche

July 2, 2020

Paul said I was tough on him as a cadet, but he thanked me for it when he became a policeman. He became a great cop, sorry for your loss.
Sgt. Ray Laundroche. Retired

Colin Cook

July 2, 2020

I had the fortune of seeing Mr. Wood at the end of numerous workdays during my four summers at Glen Eden Memorial Park. I rode with Paul Jr. and we would stop to say hello as he was beginning his security shift. He would ask how our day went, sometimes fill us in on any "dirt" from the park, and give us a knowing smile as we told him about our day. I always enjoyed how he would "feel us out" about what we were up to. It didn't escape me that as a former police officer he could see through my typical B.S., so honesty was the policy, and really, we had nothing to hide. I am a better man for having known Mr. Wood, and the world is certainly a better place.

Doris Malik

July 2, 2020

I saw and talked to Paul everyday at work. It was the highlight of my day. He was a good friend and I will miss our phone conversations.

My condolences and prayers to Diane and his family.

He will be missed.

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