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Wood, R. Norman Of Manchester, MA passed away at Kaplan House on February 19, 2015, age 84. Norm was the beloved husband for 53 years of Mary Anne Bonham Wood. He was the devoted mentor and father of sons Randolph Bonham Wood and his wife Cheryl and Ian Robinson Wood and his wife Debra, both of Manchester. Norm's grandchildren include Tyler, Miles, Elsa, Hudson, and Hayden Wood and step-grandchildren Dustin, Wesley, and Ashley Temple. His brother Richard R. Wood of Boston predeceased Norm. A native of Marblehead, Norman graduated from St. Mark's School in 1949 where he lettered in soccer, baseball and hockey. Norm captained the hockey team his senior year and was awarded the John Tudor Trophy as team's most valuable player. Wood went on to play hockey at Harvard University. He served as Harvard's freshman hockey captain and senior year captained the varsity squad that won the inaugural Bean Pot Tournament in 1954 and captured Harvard's first Ivy League Championship in seventeen seasons. Norm was awarded the John Tudor Memorial Cup in 1954, emblematic of Harvard's most valuable player. Following his military service in Germany, Norm spent seven years as head varsity hockey coach at Princeton University. At the same time Wood was also associated with the Boston real estate firm of Hunneman & Company that he subsequently joined after leaving Princeton to pursue a career in real estate. In 1969 Norman Wood was elected president and CEO of National Realty Investors, a real estate investment trust listed on the NYSE. Norm was later appointed President of Moors & Cabot Properties, Inc., heading real estate operations for that diversified New York Stock Exchange firm. He went on to form his own real estate investment company, Renwood Realty, now managed by his sons Randy and Ian. Norm shared his love of athletics--boating, skiing, hockey and tennis--with his family. He and his wife Mary Anne enjoyed playing tennis together in tournaments at the Essex County Club in Manchester, MA and at the Gulf Stream Bath and Tennis Club when they visited their home in Delray Beach, FL. When his boys were young, Norm volunteered for years as a youth hockey coach. As time went on, he loved nothing more than watching his sons and grandsons play hockey for their prep school, college, and professional teams. Norm will be remembered for his informal piano/organ concerts, his sense of humor, and his love and devotion to family and friends. Services will be private. Arrangements by Campbell Funeral Home, 525 Cabot Street, Beverly. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Parkinson's Disease Association, 72 East Concord St, Boston, MA 02118 or to Care Dimensions, 75 Sylvan Street, Suite B102, Danvers, MA 01923. Information, condolences at www.campbellfuneral.com
Published in The Boston Globe on Feb. 22, 2015
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