Gwendolyn Wood

April 25, 1930November 5, 2020
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Gwendolyn Cahoon Wood

Falmouth - Gwen Wood, 90, passed away on November 5 with her family by her side. She was born April 25, 1930 in Hyannis, Massachusetts to Theodore and Vivian (Perry) Cahoon. One of four children, she spent her first 7 years on Nantucket Island.

Her family moved to Middleborough, Massachusetts and it was there she met her future husband, Bob, in 6thgrade. After graduating from Middleborough High School, Gwen attended Bridgewater State College in Massachusetts and graduated with a teaching degree in 1952. Gwen continued her education in the field of mathematics until she had achieved her Masters plus 30.

In 1951 she and Bob were married on Christmas Day and at the time of her passing, they had celebrated 68 years together.

After their youngest child was born, they moved to Yarmouth in 1961 and 4 years later Gwen started her career at Falmouth Middle School that spanned 25 years. Twice the yearbook was dedicated to her.

Gwen was a docent for 7 years at the Victorian Mansion in Portland and was a member and past president of the Fortnightly Club. She was also a member of the First Parish Congregational Church UCC and on numerous committees for the church including the most recent, co-chairman of the Flower Committee. Gwen had a lifelong love of playing bridge, watching birds, tending to her gardens and creating floral arrangements. She was honored to be asked to handle the wedding flowers from bouquets and boutonnieres to table arrangements for two of her granddaughters.

For over 30 years, Gwen and her two daughters visited Nantucket Island every June. For many years they were joined by her two daughters-in-law as well as granddaughters.

Gwen was predeceased by her parents, her brother Theodore Cahoon Jr., her twin sister Jacquelyn Cahoon and her sister Corinne Trulson as well as Corinne’s husband, Carl and sister in law Beverly Wood. She was also predeceased by Bob’s parents, Dr. Raymond and Ernestine Wood, her brother-in-law Raymond Wood Jr. and sisters-in-law Patricia, Carol and Rose Wood.

Gwen is survived by her husband Robert Wood Sr. and their four children; Robert (Diane) Wood Jr, Brian (Sharon Bowler) Wood, Ellen (Glen) Wood Freeman and Patrice (Donald) Wood Walsh. Gwen and Bob have seven grandchildren whom they continually dote upon; Jaime Freeman, twins Jill (Brendon) Freeman Keith and Justin (Heather) Freeman, Molly (Jared) Wood Costable, Caitlin (Michael) Walsh Scott, Benjamin (Allison) Walsh and Madeline Wood. They also have seven very special great grandchildren; Isabelle, Isaac, Maren, Lissey, Elisabeth, Riley and Sidney. Gwen is also survived by sisters-in-law Virginia Cahoon, her brother-in-law Charles Wood and numerous nieces and nephews.

The family wishes to thank Falmouth By the Sea. Their compassion and kindness to Gwen was a blessing and the family is grateful for all they did.

In lieu of flowers, gifts may be made to the First Parish Congregational Church UCC, 116 Main Street, Yarmouth, ME 04260

Due to Covid-19, the services will be family only and a Celebration of Life will be held at a later date after the pandemic.

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  • Theodore Cahoon, Father (deceased)
  • Vivian (Perry) Cahoon, Mother (deceased)
  • Robert Wood, Sr., Husband
  • Robert Wood, Jr. (Diane Wood), Son
  • Brian Wood (Sharon Bowler), Son
  • Ellen Wood Freeman (Glen Freeman), Daughter
  • Patrice Wood Walsh (Donald Walsh), Daughter
  • Jaime Freeman, Grandaughter
  • Jill Freeman Keith (Brendon Keith), Granddaughter
  • Justin Freeman (Heather Freeman), Grandson
  • Molly Wood Costable (Jared Costable), Granddaughter
  • Caitlin Walsh Scott (Michael Scott), Granddaughter
  • Benjamin Walsh (Allison Walsh), Grandson
  • Madeline Wood, Granddaughter
  • Theodore Cahoon, Jr, Brother (deceased)
  • Jacquelyn Cahoon, Sister (deceased)
  • Corinne Trulson, Sister (deceased)
  • Carl Trulson, Brother-in-law (deceased)
  • Dr. Raymond Wood, Father-in-law (deceased)
  • Ernestine Wood, Mother-in-law (deceased)
  • Raymond Wood, Jr., Brother-in-law (deceased)
  • Patricia Wood, Sister-in-law (deceased)
  • Carol Wood, Sister-in-law (deceased)
  • Rose Wood, Sister-in-law (deceased)
  • Virginia Cahoon, Sister-in-law
  • Beverly Wood, Sister-in-law (deceased)
  • Charles Wood, Brother-in-law
  • They also have seven very special great grandchildren; Isabelle, Isaac, Maren, Lissey, Elisabeth, Riley and Sidney

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  • First Congregational Church UCC


  • A Celebration of Life will be announced at a later date.


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Bruce Boyd

November 23, 2020

My warm condolences Bob to you family and friends

Stan Pilshaw

November 17, 2020

Dear Gwen,
The day you came to Middleboro the Class of 1948 became a happier place and learned the true meaning
of kindness, grace and charm. Thank
you for those lifetime gifts!
Stan Pilshaw

Ivy Lenihan

November 14, 2020

So many memories of such a wonderful lady. Gwen has been part of my life forever and will forever be in my heart. She gave me a lamp for my baby shower with a lupin shade and it is my favorite. She even suggested that Gwendolyn would be a lovely name for a baby. Her humor is one of my fondest memories. Lupins will always remind of her. My thoughts and prayers are with her family and especially my best friend of over 60 years, Ellen. Love you all.

Cindy Morris

November 13, 2020

Gwen was always so kind to the Newell Rd gang of kids of all ages. What a lovely, kind lady. My condolences to the Wood family.

Charlie & Joyce Kennedy

November 12, 2020

Bob, Joyce and I are so sorry to read of Gwen’s passing. Please know that you and your family are in our thoughts and prayers.

Sandra Grondin

November 11, 2020

My Condolences to Bob Sr and family in the loss of their beloved Gwen.
Sandy Grondin

Patty King

November 11, 2020

Mrs. Wood was a tough math teacher. Because of her high expectations, I learned to enjoy math and eventually became a middle school math teacher. Mrs. Wood used to call on students whose hands were not raised. This meant one always had to be prepared with an answer even if it meant taking a risk with one that was incorrect. I tell my students this was how I finally learned 7x8! I had to take a risk without counting out the solution. My guess, being correct, built my self question at a time. My condolences, Patty (Orr) King

Donnie & Iva Carroll

November 11, 2020

It was with deep sadness we read of Gwen's passing. We send our heartfelt prayers, sympathy, and love to Bob and the entire Wood Clan during this time of grief.
We remember one special cruise where we all enjoyed "Miami Vice" - and were blessed to be hosted at the Wood's home for a post-cruise dinner and more "Miami Vice"!
Gwen was a grand lady, a quick smile, and once you met her you were family. I am proud to share the bond of "twins" with her - Iva and I proud to call her friend.
"There are tall ships, and wood ships -ships that sail the sea, but the greatest of all ships are friendships - may they always be". Safe journey home Gwen. May God Bless and keep the family

Herb Short

November 10, 2020

Gwen, Bob and I had a sort of secret sign we used when we were in church. It was taken from the movie The Sting, where Paul Newman would touch the side of his nose to communicate that all was ready to go. We would use it to signify a quiet, but meaningful, Hello, Good to see you again! I will never forget it. And I will never forget the wonderful dinner date we had with Bob and Gwen at their house, nor all the times we made lobster rolls under Mary Estelle's careful supervision. Linda and I will miss her. She was a special lady.

Stacie Johnston

November 10, 2020

Mrs. Wood was my homeroom teacher when we moved to Falmouth - I was in 8th grade.
Ellen turned out to be my college roommate and I couldn't have asked for anyone better! It was cool to be rooming with Mrs. Wood's daughter!
Bob and Gwen were active members of First Parish Church in Yarmouth and I loved working with Bob on the Search Committee many years ago. A great family who will miss this wonderful lady! I am lucky to have known her. And it took a while, but I stopped calling her Mrs. Wood and was finally able to call her Gwen. Hugs to all the family.


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