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Neal Harry Wood

February 4, 1934 - July 22, 2020


Neal Harry Wood
1934 – 2020

On Wednesday July 22, 2020 Neal Harry Wood passed away peacefully at the age of 86, at Kootenay Lake Hospital in Nelson, BC.

If you asked 100 people who Neal Wood was, they would all give you a different answer.

He is a Husband, a Father, a Father-in-law, a Grandfather and a Great Grandfather.

He is also Dad, Papa, a Best Friend, a Teacher, a Role Model, a Superhero, a Gardener Extraordinaire, a Fisherman, a Collector, a Comedian, a Story Teller and to us he is all of this and more.

Neal was born in Stettler Alberta and lived in Alix for his early years. He lived in many places throughout his life from Edmonton Alberta to Peterborough Ontario and finally came to BC where he made Nelson his forever home. All his life he worked in the Service Industry where he started working at a young age for Alberta Fruit where he met his wife Joan. Neal owned and operated A&W’s in Camrose, Peterborough and Lindsay, was an area supervisor for KFC in Edmonton and finally came to Nelson to manage KFC. Upon retirement Gardening was his true passion and it showed in his love for growing Tomatoes, Begonias and soft pink Geraniums for his wife Joan. His love of Collectibles and the hustle of the Saturday morning Garage Sales brought to him a wonderful group of friends that shared many stories and laughs. He greatly missed his dear friend Donna and his best friend Earle but now they are all together once again.

Neal is survived by his caring wife Joan, he is the loving father of Judith Wood (St. Clair Morris) of Peterborough, Tracey (Reid) Walper of Calgary, Trevor Wood of Edmonton and Shannon Wood (James Haight) of Nelson. He is the cherished Grandfather of Jessica and Katie Walper, and Christopher, Brandon and Breanna Wood. He is the proud Great Grandfather of Cecilia Baty.

Neal is predeceased by his Father Samuel and Mother Irene, his brothers Barry, Ken and Larry Wood and his son-in-law St. Clair Morris.

At Neals request a Cremation has taken place and a burial to take place at Fort Steele near Cranbrook BC.

A celebration of life will take place at a later date due to current restrictions.

Our family would like to extend our heartfelt thank you to Louie, Julia, Gerry, Dr Boyd and all the rest of the staff at KLH who were caring and compassionate in Neal’s final days. You are invited to leave a personal message of condolence.


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From: Thompson Funeral Services Ltd.

Thompson Funeral Service Staff send our condolences to family and friends.

From: Carol Wagner Beadman
Relation: Sister-in-law

It is with great sadness that you have moved on, but to bigger and better adventures. I am grateful to have seen you several times on Face Time in the past few months.
I sent my love and deepest condolences to my sister, Joan, as well as his children and their families.

From: Lonnie and Norm Facchina
Relation: Friend

We loved meeting for coffee every Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 2 in the mall with Neal and Joan and a large group of wonderful people (until March, due to the pandemic). It won’t be the same when we are able to start up again. Neal was funny, fun, smart and interesting to chat with and he and Joan obviously adored each other. Norm and I are really going to miss him and send heartfelt hugs to his family. RIP Neal…

From: Mildred j. Harper
Relation: Just a good friend

Joan and family, you are in my thoughts and prayers, I am very sorry for your loss.
A family friend. Millie Harper

From: Natalie Petersen
Relation: I knew him from KFC, Java Garden and knowing him from living in Nelson.

My condolences to Joan, Shannon, and Trevor. Also to Christopher, Brandon, and Breanna. I would always see Joan and Neal when they were having coffee down at Java Garden. It was always nice to see them. I also remember Neal from the days of KFC. A very nice couple. May Joan and the rest of her family be comforted by their memories.

From: Hollie Wheeler
Relation: Friend

Dear Joan
Sending you loving hugs as you say farewell to Neal, your partner of many years, and many adventures. Remembering Neal for his kindness and always cheery greetings. Best wishes Hollie & Sam (at the Chocolate kitchen)

From: Rhonda Comeau
Relation: Worked for Neal at KFC

So sorry for your loss.

From: Patricia Armstrong
Relation: My Dad's Best Friend

To my Dad’s best friend we will miss you always, for all the good times we spent with you and Joan at the many birthdays, anniversaries and just plain good times.

Service Schedule

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A celebration of life will take place at a later date due to current restrictions.

Memorial Gifts

The family has not designated a preferred charity at this time.

Thank You Notice

Our family would like to extend our heartfelt thank you to Louie, Julia, Gerry, Dr Boyd and all the rest of the staff at KLH who were caring and compassionate in Neal’s final days.

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