Donald Ray Wood

May 31, 1929 ~ May 4, 2020 (age 90)


Donald Ray Wood passed away at home Monday May 4 2020 in Sun City West, AZ at the age of 90. He was born on May 31, 1929 in North Adams, MA. He was the son of the late Ray Wood and Laura (Gauthier) Wood of Clarksburg, MA.  He remained a resident of Clarksburg for 68 years, serving in US Marines for 4 years. He was employed by General Electric Co. of Pittsfield for 42 years. Active in the Northern Berkshires Men’ Association, he continued to enjoy his retirement years in Arizona while spending his summers in Maine. He enjoyed golf, lawn bowling, church suppers, seafood dinners and striking up a conversation with anyone he met.

Married on October 23, 1954 to Alta Lavanway, they recently celebrated their 65th anniversary. He is survived by his wife, two sons, Dennis of Sun City West, AZ, Gary and partner Vicki Richardello of Adams, MA and daughter Beverly Chipman of Poland, ME. Two granddaughters, Amy Finley and husband David of Binghamton, NY and Heidi Chipman of Albany, NY. Two great grandchildren, twins Evan and Catherine Finley. Five nieces and nephews plus many grand and great grand ones.

He was predeceased by his sister Virginia in 2013, his brother Warren in November 2019 and his sister Claire in March 2020.

Private services are planned at a later time.

Donations in his memory can made to Hospice of The Valley Arizona, The North Adams Hospice or the Clarksburg Volunteer Fire Department.

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