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Errol Wood


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Errol Wood

1926 - 2016 Errol Wood, 89, of Putney, passed away peacefully on February 10, 2016, at Pine Heights in Brattleboro after living there for the last 3 years. Errol was born on West Hill in Putney to Willis and Nellie Wood on October 28, 1926, the youngest of three siblings. He was predeceased by Dorothy Bastille and Cecil Wood and his wife of 60 years, Elberta Wood. Errol attended the little red schoolhouse on West Hill in Putney, and began working for the Brailey Farm in his teens. He went on to work for the Town of Putney road crew in the 1940's. He had plenty of stories about plowing snow with the track bulldozer with the V plow and 2 wing plows, he loved to tell how the exhaust pipe would get cherry red by the time he reached Dusty Ridge. In the 1950's he bought a log truck and hauled logs to saw mills in Putney and Vernon. His first bulldozer was purchased in 1963 and Errol was firmly in business for himself. He was very proud of his many ponds and roads that he built during his career as an excavator. He was a very skilled bulldozer and grader operator. In 1972 his son Philip joined him in the family business and continues to operate from Errol's shop on Black Locust Rd in Putney. Errol continued to work with his son into his 80's. Errol had a special team of Oxen that he raised as calves. Errol and his big Brown Swiss team were often photographed as they plowed a field or hauled logs. He also hauled sap with the oxen every spring for Quintard Farm sugar house. Snowmobiling, ATVing and Jeeping were some of Errol's favorite pastimes. Getting outside, going over the mountain, and spending good times with good friends was what meant the most for An avid deer hunter, the 16 days of the hunting season were time to shut down work and load up the '46 Jeep to go hunting with his brother, Cecil. His stories are legendary and his successes are visible in the large collection of antlers in his home and on the barn. Errol and Elberta spent a lot of time together, but we remember them most fondly in their enormous gardens. They spent the summers growing enough vegetables to feed everybody that could or would take some home. Errol is survived by his son, Philip Wood and his wife, Saskia Whallon, and his nephew, Patrick Wood. SERVICES: The family is planning a graveside service this spring at the Baldwin Cemetery on West Hill in Putney. In lieu of cards or flowers, please send donations to the Putney Fire Dept. To sign an online register book with messages of e-condolence please visit : www.atamaniuk.com
Published in Brattleboro Reformer on Feb. 13, 2016
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