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Stephen Wood

1942 - 2014 NORTH ADAMS Stephen Allen Wood, 71, of Armonk, N.Y. passed away this past Monday, September 8, following a courageous battle with cancer. Steve was born Sept. 20, 1942, in North Adams, Mass. where he attended Drury High School graduating in 1960. He proudly served in the U.S. Coast Guard for four years and graduated from Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts in 1971 with a degree in history. He completed post-graduate work at Arizona State University. Following 7 years in life insurance sales, he founded an employee benefits administration company in 1978 in Phoenix, Ariz. that eventually became one of the most respected and nationally recognized firms of its kind. He served for over 20 years on the board of directors of the Sun Angel Foundation, a philanthropic organization benefiting Arizona State University including a term as its Chairman. He was a passionate entrepreneur, colleague, friend, husband, father and family member, well known for decades as a leader in the health insurance industry. Hard work, good friends, good food and wine, family activities. He enjoyed it all! Steve was a life-long skier, golfer and sports enthusiast, especially when following his beloved Red Sox, Celtics, Patriots and Sun Devils. Steve is survived by his wife, Paulina Wood; their son, Daniel Wood, and his step-daughter, Sophia; his mother, Gladys Wood; his sister, Judy Embry; his three children, Scott Wood, Christy Wood, and Karrie Muller; and their mother, Lorraine Wood; and his grandchildren, Garrett, Grady, Griffin, Keilee, Ashton and Kathan; as well as his niece, Margaret Smith from Wilmington, Del.; and nephew Peter Trowill of Lenox, Mass. FUNERAL NOTICE: The family will be holding a small, private service for friends and family in Mount Kisco, N.Y. on Saturday Sept. 13, and a memorial celebrating his life will be planned in Phoenix in the coming weeks. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Childhood Brain Tumor Foundation (CBTF), Team Alicia, a cause very close to our family. You can access the CBTF website through this link: http://tinyurl.com/nklcp4y
Published in The Berkshire Eagle on Sept. 13, 2014
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