PLATTSBURGH -- William Henry Wood Sr., 93, of Plattsburgh, died at CVPH Medical Center on Dec. 23, 2005. He was born in Westminster, Vt., on Jan. 11, 1912, son of Charles Wood and Ethel (Butterfield) Wood.
Early in life he moved to Plattsburgh and was raised by foster parents, residing on Cumberland Head. He attended Plattsburgh High School and told many stories of crossing the ice on Lake Champlain to get to school. He enlisted in the U.S. Army in November 1943 and served his country for four years in the active army, serving in World War II in Burma and India. He retired in 1972 after a total of 26 years service. He retired as Sergeant E-7. He was extremely proud of his service and that his sons followed in his footsteps, including serving in his own reserve unit.
Mr. Wood was a plumbing and heating salesman for 40 years before retiring from E.J. Monroe to devote his time and energy to full time volunteering. He was a member of the First Baptist Church in Plattsburgh for over 70 years and served as a deacon and trustee as well as superintendent of Sunday Schools. He was a life member of the Military Retirees Association, the Elks Club and the American Legion. He was one of the first volunteers for the Hospice Program in Clinton County in 1984, and served as an active volunteer for over 20 years. He gave countless hours to public speaking on Hospice, fundraising for Hospice and serving as a Hospice Board Member, as well as working directly with patients and families.
At the age of 83 he was named 1995 United Way of Clinton County's Distinguished Citizen Award for his volunteering in his church, the Elks Club and Hospice. One article written on Mr. Wood said, "Bill Wood exemplifies volunteering at its finest. With unflagging commitment, energy and humor, he teaches us all how to live life generously and wholeheartedly."
Bill married Jewel Catherine Smith of Yonkers, N.Y., in 1941 and together they raised five sons and two foster daughters. He later cared for three foster sons. He is survived by five sons, William H. Wood Jr. and his wife Carlene of Cincinnati, Ohio, Leonard D. Wood and his wife Joanne of Peru, N.Y., Richard S. Wood and his wife Jill of Keeseville, N.Y., John L. Wood of Brighton, Mich., and Robert G. Wood of Plattsburgh, N.Y. He also leaves nine grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
He is predeceased by his brother George of Westminster, Vt.; and his daughters-in-law, Bonnie Wood and Lynn Wood.
Calling hours will be held on Tuesday, Dec. 27, 2005, from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. at the R.W. Walker Funeral Home in Plattsburgh. A funeral service will be held on Wednesday, Dec. 28th, at 10:30 a.m. at the First Baptist Church. Burial will be in Riverside Cemetery in the spring.
Donations in Mr. Wood's memory may be made to Hospice of the North Country, 43 Durkee St., Plattsburgh, NY 12901 or to the First Baptist Church, P.O. Box 27, Plattsburgh, NY 12901.