Richard "Rick" Wood
1949 - 2022
Richard "Rick" Wood
Visitation Information
Visitation
Sunday, November 13, 2022
Visitation Time
2:00 - 4:00 and 6:00 - 8:00 pm
Visitation Location
Fergusons Funeral Home
Service Information
Service Date
Monday, November 14, 2022
Service Time
11:00 am
Service Location
Fergusons Funeral Home Chapel
Burial Information
Burial Date
Nov 15, 2022
Burial Time
11:00 am
Burial Location
Fernhill Cemetery, Saint John NB
Requested Charity
Luxor Shriner Transportation Fund, the Lutz Mountain Heritage Museum Foundation, or a charity of the donors’ choice.
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Friends and family of Richard (Rick) Edward Wood of Moncton, N.B. age 73 years, regret to announce that this dear, charitable and convivial man died on Monday, November 7, 2022 suddenly but peacefully and without pain only steps away from where his Twin Flame Debbi (Steeves) Wood died three years ago this same month. Despite his jolly disposition and extremely active life, Rick was devastated by the unexpected loss of his best friend, spouse and life partner of half a century. He was not unacquainted to loss and tragedy in his life, coming face to face with his own mortality as a 16-year-old boy on the cold Cape Breton waters with a family friend, his father George and his 14-year-old brother Robert. Richard was the only survivor on that fatal day and was recognised with a distinction by Governor General Mitchener for his bravery tying the three bodies to the vessel and getting to shore to comfort his mother Pauline (Gould) Wood. 

Debbi had competition for Richard’s heart; his passion for the internal combustion engine was a lifetime love affair that may have faded only slightly when he purchased his first all electric car this year. Rick was a "GM Man" and made countless friends and lifetime relationships through his affection for cars. Too many to count, he has assembled and disassembled cars and trucks from all vintages and years. Hot Rods to Corvettes, Monte Carlos to Mazda Miatas he loved them all and was always happy to regale anyone with stories of the latest deal he got on a trade-in or sale. Despite his expensive hobby he was known to be a frugal man leaning towards parsimony but never meanness. He was generous with his friends, charitable with strangers and extremely giving of his time and work ethic to causes he believed in despite his ongoing health issues.

He was born to be a teacher and was loved by his students and colleagues of that noble and honourable profession. Many of his former students have grown up, had their own families and kept in touch with him until this year. From Driver’s Education to the Quadratic Formula, Mr. Wood taught it all but found the greatest joy in his career from volunteering with the kids in many extracurricular activities. Concurrent with sharing his knowledge he too learned from his students and colleagues from each of his former schools in the greater Moncton area. 

Richard was Past Master of Keith Masonic Lodge #23; he was a proud member of the Shriners and was recently honoured to become Director of ROJ. He served a plethora of charitable causes including but not limited to Lutz Mountain Heritage Museum, Maritime Motorsports Hall of Fame, New Brunswick Antique Auto Club, the Maritimes largest flea Market in Sussex, NB and many more. He was recognised by Governor General Johnston with the "Sovereign’s Medal for Volunteers" in 2015.

Rick had many honours, distinctions and affiliations but the title he wore with pride was that of "friend". He was blessed to have deep friendships; many of which endured for decades. It is for those who loved him so much that he is being celebrated by his community despite him not wanting "all that fuss". He may come back to haunt us for going against his wishes of being "cast into a hole" but as the wise Hebrew trope states, we should "Honour the Dead and Comfort the Mourners". Please join us at Fergusons Funeral Home, 1657 Mountain Rd., Moncton NB (506.858.1995) for public visitation on Sunday from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. or from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. preceded at 5:30 p.m. by a Masonic Service of Remembrance.

A funeral service and celebration of Rick’s life will take place at the chapel on Monday, November 14, 2022 at 11:00 a.m. Following cremation, a graveside committal of his ashes to be laid alongside Debbi will take place in Saint John, NB at Fernhill Cemetery on Tuesday at 11:00 a.m. (please meet prior to that at the Fernhill office to process together). All are welcome and encouraged to attend. Rick was predeceased by his wife Debbi Wood, his parents George and Pauline Wood, brother Robert Wood, aunts and uncles, special aunt (Katie) Catherine Wood Hayward, cousins and close friends.

Rick is survived by his sisters-in-law Carol MacWilliam (late John) of Woodstock, OT and Dawna Lund (Jim) of Charlottetown, PEI as well as cousin/neighbour Dan Gould, second cousins David N. MacKenzie (Sherry) of Vancouver Island, BC and D. S. Mack MacKenzie (late Fred C. Rowe) of Saint John, NB and many close friends, too many to list here sadly (or happily) but you know exactly who you are. Thank you for being there for him.

Remembrances may be made to: Luxor Shriner Transportation Fund (luxorshriners.com), the Lutz Mountain Heritage Foundation ([email protected]) or a charity of the donors’ choice.

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Richard "Rick" Wood