|Died: 03-03-2013 |
Resided In: Holliston, MA
Visitation to be held on: Saturday, March 9, 2013
Services to be held on: Private
Cemetery: Lake Grove Cemetery - Holliston
George William Wood, age 89, from Holliston, passed away Sunday, March 3, 2013 after a long illness. He was the devoted husband for 63 years to the late Nathalie (Goldstein) Wood who passed in 2008.
His life was a rags to riches story. He was born in 1923, but was given away during the Great Depression because his mother could not afford to care for 3 children, and he was the only boy. He was raised by the Eckles and Fales families in Holliston, who took him in and treated him as a member of their families.
George served in the U.S. Navy and flew in B24-PBY bombers patrolling for U-Boats in the Bay of Biscay during WWII. He was honorably discharged from the U.S. Navy at the rank of Chief Mechanics Mate, 1st class. In 1944, while on leave in Baltimore, Maryland, the day after he turned 21 and became “legal”, George married the love of his life, Nathalie Goldstein (1923-2008). Together, George and Nat built their life in Holliston and raised three children.
Following his time in the service, he worked for many years at Draper Corp., and then Prime Computer as a prototype designer. He took great pride in doing any job the best he could. He was a master craftsman. He designed and built his family’s home. He enjoyed spending time with his family and his friends at the pool and loved working around the house and yard while listening to the Red Sox, Patriots, Bruins and Celtics games on the radio. George was a founding member of the Holliston Senior Center, and helped drive the bus, along with working in the senior center.
George had a rich and wonderful life with his wife Nathalie. They loved traveling and enjoyed their trips to Alaska, the Grand Canyon, many National Parks and Florida over the years. He is survived by his daughter Bonnie Bradford and her husband Richard Sawash of Holliston, Harry Wood and his wife Ann Prete, also of Holliston, and Randy Wood and wife Susan of Medway. He also had three grandchildren, Ryan, George and Al Wood who loved to spend time at their grandfather’s home.
Visitation will take place on Saturday, March 9, from 10:00 to 12:00 at the Chesmore Funeral Home in Holliston, 854 Washington Street. www.chesmorefuneralhome.com. After a private service, George will be laid to rest beside his wife in Lake Grove Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Senior Support Foundation, c/o the Holliston Senior Center, 150 Goulding Street, Holliston, MA 01746.
|Posted by Angela Matthews on March 8th, 2013, 12:57 pm|
|What I remember most about your father was his complete dedication to family. He seemed his happiest when his grandchildren were nearby. Always kind and caring George lived with the fullest gratitude for every day - a model for how to be in this world. With sympathy, |
|Posted by Maureen and Gene Zicuis on March 6th, 2013, 5:15 pm|
|What a fine man George was and a " real gentleman " also. His marriage to Nathalie was a true "gem"-one that meant so much to both of them. I am so glad I was able to meet them so long ago when I cared for them as a nurse. Gene and I will always remember George walking by our house with his beloved "BUSTER" swinging the dog's -------he would always stop and talk to us! Remember the memories Bonnie,Randy,and Harry.|
|Posted by Susan and Roy Rowe on March 6th, 2013, 7:02 am|
|Dear Woody, Sue and family,|
Sorry to hear of your loss. May the wonderful memories help you through these tough times. Love, Sue and Roy
|Posted by Ron, Elaine Goldstein and Family on March 5th, 2013, 11:16 am|
|Dear Randy, Bonnie and Harry,|
We want to express our deep condolences to you on the passing of George. He will be remembered by us as the wonderful, talented, all around good man that he was.
Ron Elaine and family
|Posted by Bob Palmer on March 5th, 2013, 11:16 am|
|To the Family,|
My deepest sympathies to your family. George and Nathalie were the best next door neighbors we ever had, welcoming us to the neighborhood and to Holliston. At the time we rented the little red carraige house at the intersection. George always had a good word to say whenever we met around town for years after. I'll always remember him. Bob Palmer
|Posted by Tina (Bennett) Fuller on March 5th, 2013, 9:51 am|
|Dear Randy and family,|
I am very sorry for your loss. You are all in my thoughts and prayers at this time.
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