Dr. Thomas Ericson Wood
WOOD Thomas Ericson Wood, MSc MD FRCPC (1934 - 2006) died September 30th, London Ontario of acute myelogenous leukemia. Tom was born in Chatham, Ont., and graduated from the University of Western Ontario, Meds '61. He interned at St. Joseph's Hospital in London, Boston City Hospital, and the Royal Victoria Hospital, and the Royal Edward Hospital, both in Montreal. He practised respirology and taught at St. Joseph's Hospital and the University of Western Ontario since 1968. Retiring from St. Joseph's Hospital staff in 2002 he entered private practice in 2003 and continued working until his illness was diagnosed in August 2006. Tom is survived by his wife of forty-five years, the Reverend Mary McDowell Wood of Shawville, Que., and their five children, Judith (Sigurd Eidsmo) of Denmark, Jane (Blair Crawford) of Ottawa, Sarah (Rob Ballantyne) of Toronto, Pete of Hubbards, N.S., and James (Christine Thorpe) of Toronto. Grandchildren are Julia, Thor and Jarl Eidsmo, Annie and Liz Crawford, and Mark, Ben and Sam Ballantyne. Tom is also survived by his sister, Mrs. Ida Jean "Terry" (David Martin) of Ottawa. Tom returned to university recently and received his Honours BA in Art History and Criticism (with distinction) from the UWO. Tom lived life to the fullest, and he lived it in style. Some of his essays have appeared in the Globe and Mail. He traveled widely, including extensive walking tours in Europe. He supported the arts and he cherished friendship. Tom was an entirely generous and adoring husband; he was a father who delighted in, admired and respected each of his children; and he was a faithful brother. He was a fair and gracious colleague, and a kind and astute doctor who practiced and taught the art of medicine. He was a perceptive and eloquent teacher. In all things, Tom was "A good and faithful servant to his life's end". Our family feels a profound gratitude for the superb care Tom received in Oncology and Palliative Care at Victoria Hospital from Dr. Jo-Anne Hammond, her Resident Dr. Yishai Wise, the support staff, and the wonderful nurses for their infinite kindness to us. Friends may call on Thursday, October 5 from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. at the James A. Harris Funeral Home, 220 St. James Street at Richmond, London. The funeral service will be conducted at St. James Westminster Church, 115 Askin Street, London, on Friday, October 6 at 11:00 a.m. Memorial donations may be made in the name of Dr. Tom Wood to the St. Joseph's Health Care Foundation, 268 Grosvenor Street, London, ON N6A 4V2.
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