Douglas Edwin Wood


Douglas Edwin Wood, died peacefully Friday, October 2nd, 2020, at Chatham-Kent Hospice with family at his side.

He was born December 6, 1949, the son of the late Russel and Theresa (nee Wolfe) Wood.  Brother to Patricia Wood, Gary Wood (Sue), Karen Parent (Randy), uncle, great uncle, faithful friend, kind and thoughtful neighbour.

Doug was a graduate of Blenheim District High School, and following a brief stint in the Canadian Armed Services, attended St. Clair College where he took accounting.  He retired from Securatis in 2014, and has since enjoyed the freedom to visit with family and friends, bowl weekly, and attend bowling tournaments with the ‘Club 55+’ group from the Blenheim Bowling Alley.  

He was the family genealogist, keeping the family tree up-to-date and ensuring immediate family were informed of who had passed and their relationship.  He was an accomplished bowler (except for the occasional gutter ball) and his favourite annual activity was to attend the Zimmerman family reunion in Michigan, where he would catch up on the lives of his mother’s side of the family.

Doug’s love for family was demonstrated with his nieces and nephews, Rick, Pam, Michael (Pat), KC and Alex (Gary & Sue), Victoria Stewart, Stephanie Glogowski, Amy Parent-Jacobs, Jason and Jon Parent (Karen & Randy), and loved surrounding himself with photographs of his twenty great nieces and nephews.  His consideration of friends and neighbours was often demonstrated through his willingness to transport those who could no longer drive to medical tests and appointments, and to spend time with them playing cards and just being a companion while watching a television program.

  “It is a far, far better thing that I do, than I have ever done; it is a far, far better rest that I go to than I have ever known.” ― Charles Dickens

Douglas will be cremated and interred with his parents at Craford Cemetery in a private service.  A link, to a personal memorial video, will be distributed to family and friends, and also placed on the Life Transitions website.

The family extends their heartfelt gratitude to the nurses, support workers and volunteers from Medicine A at Chatham-Kent Health Alliance, and at the Chatham-Kent Hospice.  Thank you from the bottom of our hearts.  Donations to Chatham-Kent Hospice would be much appreciated.

36 Comments on “Douglas Edwin Wood”

  1. Karen, Randy & Family
    So sorry to hear of the loss of your brother….thoughts and prayers to you and your family

  2. Doug visited the Blenheim Libray several times weekly during the years I worked there. He worked diligently keeping bowling information updated. We reminisced about our days at BDHS. He was always enthusiastic about sharing his nieces and nephews activities. Hope you are finding solace in sharing your memories of good times with Doug. Sincere condolences: Elaine Warriner

    1. Thank you Elaine for that memory. I just discovered his library card in his wallet yesterday. Well worn. ❣️

  3. To Doug’s family my sincere sympathy. I have known Doug for 30 years from him bowling. He was a special friend. I will miss him. His kindness towards others will not be forgotten. No more suffering my friend. Terry Ouellet

    1. Thank you Terry. We appreciated you spreading the word when he became hospitalized. He was then able to receive calls and enjoy a few friends company is his final days. You have been a good neighbour and friend and we shall always be indebted to you. ❣️

  4. Pat, Gary, Karen, my thoughts and prayers are with you in the loss of your brother, Doug. I remember your parents and family from Blenheim days and was pleased to read of your families and Doug’s special place in your hearts and lives. Prayerfully, Marg

  5. We knew Doug for many years through +55 bowling club! He will be missed by many!
    RIP Doug
    Sincerely George and Linda Paling

    1. Thank you George and Linda. He loved bowling, and the social network he belonged to with your group. We are grateful he had all of you in his life.

  6. You are now at peace and with Grandma and Grandpa. Who I still miss to this very day. Until we meet again.

  7. You can now travel to be with grandma and grandpa. I will miss you. I remember being on my knees and proving I could latch my hands around your neck. HeeHee. Say hello to grandma and grandpa for me . I miss them so much. I am glad I took that last picture when I did.

    1. Thank you Randy. Doug told me you are still going out to the lake. What a pleasant surprise to hear he had been talking with you. ❣️

  8. We hope that knowing that others care will bring strength and comfort to all the family. Remembering with fondness our connection with Doug as cousins (distant) and his memory of our family tree.

    Marney Nichols (Read) and Heather Hunter (Read)

    1. Thank you for Marney and Heather. Doug was the keeper of our family tree and demonstrated his love for family through the care he took of these records.

  9. Our thoughts and prayers are with Doug’s family at this time. Many fond memories of him over the years.

    1. Thank you for your kind words. Our family is thankful, especially over this weekend as a time to celebrate the things we are grateful for. We are grateful for your friendship with Doug.

  10. Doug and I were in high school at the same time but i never really had a chance to get to know Doug until we owned the bowling alley. Doug was definitely a fixture there. He was very kind and respectful of others. it has been difficult to see his health deteriorate recently. He always spoke so fondly of his family. Mike and i hope he is at peace and our most sincere condolences to his family.

    1. Thank you so much for those kind words. As our parents did, Doug loved bowling. His opportunities to go to seniors games, around the province, were special highlights in his life. Thank you for supporting him while doing what he loved to do.

  11. Sincere condolences to the Wood family and extended family and friends. Art and I got to know Doug thru 55+ bowling and always chuckled with the good spirited competition between Art and Doug for high single/triple. May he rest peacefully

    1. Now there’s a side of Doug the family seldom saw. Competitive! Just when you think you have a handle on who Your brother was, one of his friends tell us of a side family doesn’t see. Thank you for your friendship with Doug.

  12. So sorry to hear of the passing of another dear friend and member of the Blenheim Senior Centre. Doug will be greatly missed, it was always a joy to play cards with him and sit and have social time. May the Lord Bless and keep him in His ever loving arms.

  13. Doug spoke often of the times he spent at the Blenheim Senior Centre with friends, socializing and playing cards. We appreciate your support.

  14. I’ve known Doug since high school a long time for sure. He was my neighbour in the building and we talked often. Going to miss you Doug.
    God Bless you Doug.

    1. He told me the two of you were neighbours and that you went a long way back. I recall hearing your name often when I was young. Your thoughts and support are appreciated.

  15. Karen, I enjoyed our chat. I will surely miss Doug’s visits as I relayed to you. It was difficult for us to see him deteriorating so quickly and may God rest his soul and my deepest condolences to your family at this time.

    1. Thank you so much for the friendship and kindness you have given Doug over many years. He always spoke kindly of you and Randy. Personally, I will always be grateful for you contacting me when you noticed how quickly he was declining. Karen

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