Wood, David Lloyd, March 21, 1927 to February 27, 2013. After a courageous battle with cancer, David passed peacefully at home with his loving wife, Tess, by his side. A Native Miamian, born March 21, 1927, in Victoria Hospital, he was the second of the Wood Brothers of Shenandoah Park. David graduated from Ponce de Leon High School and enrolled in the University of Miami. He was called into service during WWII and served as a Technical Sergeant and an engineer in the U.S. Army Air Corps, stationed at Shepherd Field, Texas and Geiger Advance Air Base in Spokane, Washington. After the war, he returned to the University of Miami, graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Engineering. David was an excellent musician and organized the Dave Wood 16-piece dance band which entertained music lovers at many venues including several Miami Beach hotels. His engineering skills earned him senior positions with Frank Magnuson Co., Aramco and Miami-Dade Aviation Department where he served for 27 years until retirement in June of 2012. During the nine years he served as a Senior Engineer with Aramco in Saudi Arabia, he enjoyed travel. While staying at the Manila Hotel, he developed a major toothache and was advised to see the local dentist on the ground floor. The dentist turned out to be the beautiful young Teresita (Augustin), who became his wife of 31 years. Predeceased by his father, Hayes Wood; mother, Bernice Wood; and his brothers, Hayes and Hugh; he is survived by his wife, Tess; daughter, Bernice; son, David (Kate); grandchildren, Ella Grace and Evan; brothers, Tom (Virginia), Pete; sisters, Georgiana, Letitia (Joe); sister-in-law, Pat; and eleven nieces and nephews. David was a devout Christian, a sea scout leader, a wonderful husband, father and grandfather, brother and uncle. A celebration of his life will be held on Saturday, March 23, 2013 at 10:30 a.m. at the New Testament Baptist Church at 6601 N.W. 167th St., Miami, FL 33015, In lieu of flowers, it is requested that donations be made to the New Testament Baptist Church or to the U.M. School of Engineering at 1251 Memorial Drive, Room 255, Coral Gables, FL 33146.
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Published in Sun-Sentinel on Mar. 18, 2013