William Allan Wood

(Jun 27, 1904 to Sep 29, 2011)

William Allan “Woody” Wood died Thursday, Sept. 29, 2011.rnrnHe was born June 27, 1904 in Camden and raised in Haddonfield. He graduated from Drexel as an engineer in 1928. His career included 35 years as chief engineer at Florence Pipe Foundry and then 46 years working with a sailing friend at C-Lec Plastics, where he was a valued and productive employee until age 105.rnrnAlways concerned with the community, he served on boards and as Commodore at the Red Dragon Canoe Club and was active in First Presbyterian Church.rnrnWoody raced his Comet with his family or friends as crew and later cruised with his beloved wife along the Delaware River and Chesapeake Bay. He said, “The time a person spends sailing is not deducted from his life span.” rnrnHe was married to Virginia (Boner) Wood in 1937. They raised and are survived by two children, Carol Durkee (Dave) and Bill Wood (Maisie); three grandchildren, Mark Durkee and wife, Julie, Kristin Jorgensen and husband, Ben, and Scotti Bernal and husband, Joe; and great-grandchildren, Gedrek and Durk Jorgensen, Olivia and William Durkee and Cooper Bernal.rnrnWoody will be greatly missed by his family and friends.rnrnPlease come celebrate Woody’s long and wonderful life (June 27, 1904 to Sept. 29, 2011) on Monday from 11 a.m. at the First Presbyterian Church of Delanco, 505 Union Ave., Delanco, where there will be a gathering from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., followed by a short service and light refreshments. Very casual and informal dress is requested. Interment later in the day will be private.rnrnIn lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, 6 Herndon Ave., Annapolis, MD 21403.rnrn

3 thoughts on “William Allan Wood

  1. Richard Pattanite, Jr.

    My condolences and sympathy to the family of Mr. Wood.rnI remember Mr. Wood at Delanco’s Memorial Day Parade 2010 when he was Grand Marshall. It was a day I will also treasure to meet a man that had a work ethic and wisdom that will forever be a part of my life.Mr. Wood shared what was life was really like in the 20th century and made it so real and confirmed many facts and legends of Delanco and the surrounding area that it felt it was only yeaterday not decades past. He will be truly missed and was among the Best of Delanco citizens. Sorry I can not attend the services Monday but will think and pray for Bill during my day.

  2. Keith S. Letizio

    I had the pleasure to invite “Woody” to be the Grand Marshal of the 2010 Delanco Memorial Day Parade. It was amazing to see how full of live he was and very excited to be the Grand Marshal.rnrnDelanco will surely miss him!rnrnhttp://www.delanco-recreation.org/

  3. Sandra R. Martin

    I never met Mr. Wood, your father/grandfather/great-grandfather, but when I read his obit in the paper and noticed the Drexel connection, I had to write. Yes, back in the day when it was still “the Institute” your “Woody” studied during the heady first days of co-op education, when Kenneth Matheson was president and Curtis Hall was under construction, when Disque was dean and Wagenseller was comptroller. My late father oversaw planning and construction at Drexel from 1945-1974, so I knew the history growing up. I visualize your “Woody” as a young man on what was then a tiny campus, gaining engineering knowledge for a long and productive life. May your memories and love for him stay with you all, always.

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