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Charles William Wood
1926 - 1979
Charles, Caroline, Clara, John, Aaron, John, Jonathan, Samuel, Isaac
Charles was born June 30, 1926, at home Bathurst, NB. Died: Wednesday, June 19, 1979. He was found dead at work in Atholville, Restigouche Co., NB. from a massive heart attack. Married: Mary Eleanor Beek in 1948 in Edmundston, Madawaska County, NB. Mary born; October 14, 1928, Edmundston. In Memory of Charles William Wood Services: First United Church, Bathurst, NB. at 2:00 p.m.June 22, 1979 Pall Bearers; Don Williams, Edwin Scott, Rolly Lavoie, Clary Furlong, Garfield, Wood, Ernest Moses Officiating Clergy: Rev. Ray Francis Hymns: How Great Thou Art The Lord’s My Shepherd (Charles’ favorites) Choir: Under direction of Lorne Poitras Interment: Highland View Cemetery (Grave Site 40---Grave Plot C) Bridge Street, Bathurst, NB. Charles is a WW11 Veteran of The Royal Canadian Corps of Signals. (War Service Badge, General Service Class # 782305) Charles is a graduate of Bathurst High School After war services, Charles joined the Canadian National Railway in 1945 first as a telegraph operator of the Moncton Division. He worked at various locations throughout Moncton, Campbellton and Edmundston in different positions. A Bathurstborn railroader (one of five in the Wood family) with extensive experience in the movement of freight traffic had been promoted and place in charge of all phases of freight car movement in Canadian National’s Atlantic Region. Charles’ responsibilities included expediting the movement of boxcars to speed the flow of export grain and flour through the ports of St. John and Halifax. E. L. Hewson, General Superintendent of Transportation for the Region, announced Charles’ appointment. The position, Regional Superintendent of Car Services, is a new one, established to cope with the increasing responsibilities of getting cars quickly to the railway customers when they want them. Charles’ responsibility included car tracing and expediting as well as training the personnel and installing a new electronic computer controlled system of freight car distribution and quality control. In 1961, was named superintendent of car service for the Chaleur area, and later in 1963 was appointed system freight car controller at Montreal. Charles crossed the continent several times, visiting every terminal in the Canadian National’s System while assisting in the development of new car distribution methods. On May 1, 1965 he became regional supervisor of car services in Moncton. Charles’ 28 years of service with C.N.R. began as an operator and ended as Superintendent of Car Services for the Atlantic Region. Charles belonged to First United Church, Bathurst and the Herman J. Good V.C. Branch #18, Royal Canadian Legion in Bathurst, he joined Bethel Masonic Lodge, Edmundston, NB. No 40 on Feb. 7, 1962. Passed March 6, 1952 Raised: Apr. 3, 1952, Royal Arch Mason, Edmundston, NB. Was Worshipful Master of the same lodge. He was a member of the Canadian Association for Intellectually Disadvantaged Adults, Bathurst, NB. A recognized cook; a talented singer and could boast of a hole-in-one at the Gowan Brae Golf Course in Bathurst, NB. A graduate of Bishop’s College, Lennoxville, Quebec. He was also a member of the Sportsman Club of the Maritimes. After retirement from the railroad; he joined the Veteran’s Legionaries working from 12 midnight to 8 a.m. in Atholville, NB. He was found dead Tuesday morning, June 19, 1979 of a massive heart attack (11 days prior to his 53rd. birthday) Charles was brought home to Bathurst and rested at Elhatton’s Funeral home where a Royal Canadian Legion Service and also a Masonic Service (Harry W. S. McLean officiating) was held. . He is buried in the Black River Bridge Cemetery, NB Contributed by Geraldine Harris
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