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William A. Wood, age 90, passed away Tuesday, January 17, 2017, after a long life of love, family, friends, and service to community and country. He was born February 18, 1926, in Moncton, New Brunswick, to Amy (Little) Wood and Frank Wood. He leaves behind two sisters, Thelma Steeves, and Nancy Johnson with husband Edgar Johnson, along with one brother, Allie Wood with wife Joyce Wood. Bill was predeceased by three brothers: Lorne, Chesley and Roy Wood.

Bill was as proud of his Canadian heritage as he was his United States citizenship. He married his wife Mary (Shortall) Wood in 1954. Although they moved to Rowley, where they raised a family and have remained since that time, they maintained a homestead in Canada. Both homes provided rest, respite, and recreation to all and served as the gathering place for many a happy reunion. Bill owned a business in Ipswich, MA, worked as a Police Officer in Rowley, MA, and worked for the Essex County Sheriff's Department. He was gentle enough to bring home an abandoned kitten, and yet strong enough to carry many a heavy load. He was a very good man.
Bill and Mary have one son and three daughters: Gary Wood and his wife Kathy (Walsh) of Kensington, NH, Ann Wood of North Andover, MA, Kathy Lee and her husband David of Byfield, MA, and Linda Rock and her husband Peter of Byfield. Grandchildren include Daniel Lee, with wife Jenni and daughter Ava, of Greenwich, CT, Peter Rock Jr., of Somerville, MA, Kelsey Rock of South Boston, MA, Gary Wood Jr. of Tuftonboro, NH, Emily Wood, of Peabody, MA, and Patrick Wood, of Kensington, NH. He will also be missed by nieces, nephews, and many life long friends in the U.S. and Canada.
Family and friends are kindly invited to attend his Funeral Mass on Saturday, January 21st at 10 a.m. in St. Mary's Parish, 202 Main Street, Rowley. Interment with Military Honors will follow in the Main Street Cemetery, Rowley. Calling Hours will be held on Friday from 4 to 8 p.m. in the Conte - Giamberardino Funeral Home, 14 Pleasant Street, Georgetown. For those who wish, Bill may be remembered through donations to St. Mary's Parish, 94 Andover Street, Georgetown, MA 01833. For funeral home directions, florists or accommodations, please visit www.cgfuneralhomegeorgetown.com.
Published on  January 19, 2017
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