July 22, 2020
On Wednesday July 22, 2020 Neal Harry Wood passed away peacefully at the age of 86, at Kootenay Lake Hospital in Nelson BC.
If you asked 100 people who Neal Wood was, they would all give you a different answer.
He is a Husband, a Father, a Father-in-law, a Grandfather and a Great Grandfather.
He is also Dad, Papa, a Best Friend, a Teacher, a Role Model, a Superhero, a Gardener Extraordinaire, a Fisherman, a Collector, a Comedian, a Story Teller and to us he is all of this and more.
Neal was born in Stettler Alberta and lived in Alix for his early years. He lived in many places throughout his life from Edmonton Alberta to Peterborough Ontario and finally came to BC where he made Nelson his forever home.
All his life he worked in the Service Industry where he started working at a young age for Alberta Fruit where he met his wife Joan. Neal owned and operated A&W’s in Camrose, Peterborough and Lindsay, was an area supervisor for KFC in Edmonton and finally came to Nelson to manage KFC.
Upon retirement Gardening was his true passion and it showed in his love for growing Tomatoes, Begonias and soft pink Geraniums for his wife Joan. His love of Collectibles and the hustle of the Saturday morning Garage Sales brought to him a wonderful group of friends that shared many stories and laughs. He greatly missed his dear friend Donna and his best friend Earle but now they are all together once again.
Neal is survived by his caring wife Joan, he is the loving father of Judith Wood (St. Clair Morris) of Peterborough, Tracey (Reid) Walper of Calgary, Trevor Wood of Edmonton and Shannon Wood (James Haight) of Nelson. He is the cherished Grandfather of Jessica and Katie Walper, and Christopher, Brandon and Breanna Wood. He is the proud Great Grandfather of Cecilia Baty.
Neal is predeceased by his Father Samuel and Mother Irene, his brothers Barry, Ken and Larry Wood and his son-in-law St. Clair Morris.
At Neal’s request a Cremation has taken place and a burial to take place at Fort Steele near Cranbrook BC.
A celebration of life will take place at a later date due to current restrictions.
Our family would like to extend our heartfelt thank you to Louie, Julia, Gerry, Dr Boyd and all the rest of the staff at KLH who were caring and compassionate in Neal’s final days. You are invited to leave a personal message of condolence by visiting the family’s online register at www.thompsonfs.ca
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