The OPA offers its deepest sympathy and condolences to the family of John Wood who passed away at his home in Castle Eden on Friday 12th May after a short illness.
John was born in West Hartlepool in 1931, the only son of Daniel and Nellie Wood. John’s early schooling was in West Hartlepool, then, aged fourteen, he was sent to Pocklington and afterwards went straight into National Service in the RAF serving in the accounts branch for two years.
After demob John went up to Oxford, where he graduated in Politics, Philosophy and Economics at Keble College. After Oxford he started his career in personnel with British Rail in East London. He was transferred to Sheffield and then to York, which became home until he retirement in 1997. He enjoyed travelling, classical music, horse racing and cricket. He was a member Yorkshire CC and latterly Durham CC after he moved from York to Castle Eden to be near family.
He was an avid reader of most subjects under the sun and had a large private library which could give the Bodleian at Oxford a run for its money! He will be greatly missed by his family and friends.