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Born: Apr 28, 1937

Date of Passing: Feb 27, 2018

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JOHN (CRAIG) WOOD It's with great sadness that we announce the passing of John "Craig" Wood on February 27, 2018 at Grace General Hospital, surrounded by his love of his life Gail and son Trent. Dad succumbed to a serious medical condition that occurred on February 10 at home. Dad was born in Winnipeg on April 28, 1937 and grew up on Furby Street, Fort Garry and St. James. He was an avid sports fan who loved the Winnipeg Jets, Detroit Red Wings and of course his beloved New York Yankees. Dad loved to talk sports while making satirical comments of other teams that we shared. He started his working career with T.E. Eaton Company in 1955 and after a few years moved to TCA where he worked in finance but found that this was not his passion. This developed into what Dad always said was the greatest job he could ever imagine. He joined the H.J. Heinz Company in 1962, as a superior salesman. Dad made so many friends with his infectious smile, honesty and integrity. He was committed to the company that he took pride working for. Dad was passionate about golf whether it was watching or participating. The countless friendships that he fostered and his accomplishments were many. Dad was the Captain of Southwood's Mundie Putter team that took the title in 1972. He was a team member of the Manitoba Senior team in 1994 and 2001 as well as the Senior Club Champion at Southwood Golf and Country Club in 2005. Competing in these events was something he was so proud of, but what was even more important was that he was representing Southwood Golf and Country Club where he was a member for 55 years. He cherished every moment that he could playing with Gail whether it was in Texas or Florida and even more after the round discussing, in detail, shot by shot over a cold one. We would like to express our sincere thanks to the staff at the Grace Hospital for their compassion, care and effort. We also would like to thank Ainslie, Tyler and Andrea for without their support we would have surely been lost. Craig leaves to mourn his wife of 54 years, Gail, his son Trent (Julie Sue), granddaughter Riley, sister Myrna (John), sister-in-law Janice (Ken), brother-in-law Paul, brother-in-law Reg (Josie), niece Andrea, niece Ainslie (Tyler), and many friends and extended family. He was predeceased by his mother Elsie, father John, and stepmother Vera. A Celebration of Life will be held on Tuesday, March 6 at 2:00 p.m. at Southwood Golf and Country Club, 80 Ruines du Monastere, access off of Waverley Street south of the perimeter. In lieu of flowers, please make any donations to the Winnipeg Humane Society in Craig's name. (204) 782-3541

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Mar 03, 2018

Condolences & Memories (9 entries)

  • Gail, Trent and family, Glenna and I are so, so sad to learn of Woody's passing. Our thoughts are and will be with you always. I have so many fond memories of Woody, Mark and me golfing at tournaments in Titusville, Texas and all around Winnipeg. The fun, the laughter, the grinding and the 7 point game will never ever stop. The memories will last us (me) for ever. Have a great new game Woody. Glenna Kari & Bob Faraci - Posted by: Glenna & Bob (Friend) on: Mar 06, 2018

  • Our condolences to you and the family Gail. He was such a fun guy and became our friend when I was a Salesrep in the early 80's .I remember when he joked that women should not be allowed on the golf course when you started golfing,but he was so proud of you. We have all lost a dear friend but you have lost a lifelong partner. God bless Gail and out prayers and thoughts are with you on your days ahead. Much love. - Posted by: Richard and Donna Jupp (Friend) on: Mar 05, 2018

  • Gail and family-My sincere condolences on the passing of Craig.”Woody” was one of those colourful characters that are few and far between! His passion for golf and his wonderful story telling will always be remembered by all who were fortunate to cross his path. He will be greatly missed! - Posted by: Don Corner (Friend) on: Mar 04, 2018

  • The Captain will be missed by all who had the pleasure of knowing him. It was a pleasure and honor to have played uncountable rounds of golf with my friend and partner. - Posted by: Terry More () on: Mar 04, 2018

  • Our memories of Craig are from 50 years ago. He is remembered as a kind, caring and generous man. You were always smiling when you were with Craig. Keith and Christine Merlin - Posted by: Keith and Christine Merlin (Friends) on: Mar 04, 2018

  • I worked with Craig for many years during his time at Heinz. Linda and I have fun memories of Gail and Craig (Woody) from various company trips. Craig was a wonderful person and a real stand up guy. One particular business event I recall making a speech where I had to single out one member from our Heinz team to support a new initiative we were introducing (Cognoscenti), Craig was that guy. I didn't tell him before hand, yet I knew he would not let me down. I was not disappointed. Hit em straight Woody⛳️ - Posted by: Terry and Linda Doyle (Friend and work colleague ) on: Mar 04, 2018

  • I'm am saddened by the passing of a mentor,a friend,and someone I loved so much!😢To Mrs. Woody and my man Trent, you are in our hearts. I have been in Woodro's life since I was 12, that was 44 years ago,and I am grateful for every minute that I spent with him and the family! He will always have a special place in my ❤️,,,u will never be forgotten Woodro!❤️DC and family xoxo,,, - Posted by: Daryl Currie (Friend) on: Mar 04, 2018

  • Sorry for your loss Mrs Wood. I will be thinking about you and your family at this tough time. All the best and take care. - Posted by: elaine chlopecki (friend) on: Mar 03, 2018

  • Gail; So sorry to hear about Craig. He was a fantastic guy who embodied the great culture that was Heinz Canada in “the good old days”. Susan and my thoughts are with you and the family. John Lewarne - Posted by: John Lewarne (Heinz work colleague ) on: Mar 03, 2018

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