Jack Dempsey “Woody” Wood Sr., 85, work ethic lead him to path of self-employment

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Jack Dempsey "Woody" Wood Sr.
Jack Dempsey “Woody” Wood Sr.

On Thursday, Feb. 9, 2017, Jack Dempsey “Woody” Wood Sr., 85, woke as he did every day, giving thanks to the Lord for another day. Though his body was frail and tired, his spirit and will were strong. He lived life on his terms and left when the Lord had finally called to him. Woody passed away peacefully to join his beloved wife, Kathleen.

There was never a dull moment with him, as he enjoyed life to its fullest. Until the end of his time, his sense of humor remained with him and shared his fond memories. He enjoyed sharing funny stories and adventures he had been on throughout his life. Jack grew up in Alexandria, Va., and under his father, Melvin, Woody learned the meaning of work ethic to lead him on his path of self-employment as a general contractor, along the East Coast, as far north as Pennsylvania to as far south as Florida. As a young man he served in the U.S. Army and was a combat veteran of the Korean conflict.

He married and fathered two children, divorced later met the love of his life, Kathleen. They married and had six children together and raised a granddaughter as their own over their 53-year journey together. During his lifetime Jack was a proud Republican. He was an avid member of the NRA, former Pennsylvania State constable, and a wonderful neighbor and friend in his community. He loved the Lord and practiced the Lutheran faith. His fondest memories were of his wife and their life together. He loved West Palm Beach, Cadillac’s, playing cards, apple pie and enjoyed antiquing. Jack was greatly loved by all of his family and friends and will be missed by all.

Jack was preceded in death by his father, Melvin Wood Sr.; mother, Sara Wood; brother, Melvin Wood Jr.; sister, Betty Wood; son, Joe Wood; grandson, Jesse Wood; and his beloved wife, Kathleen Wood.

He is survived by his children, Sara Ann Wood-Zerega, Jack Dempsey Wood Jr., Judith Diane Wood, James David Wood, Joann Denise Wood Matruski, Janet Dolores Wood and Jacob Daniel Wood; 14 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren; nieces, nephews and cousins; and best friend and faithful companion, Cookie.

The family will receive friends from 3-4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 18, at Hollomon-Brown Funeral Home, Great Neck Chapel, 1264 Great Neck Road N., Virginia Beach. A memorial service will be held at 4 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home chapel, where the family will remain until 5 p.m. to greet friends.

Condolences may be offered to the family at www.hollomon-brown.com.