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James R. Wood

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James R. Wood, 88, of Franklin, died peacefully, Monday, Feb. 17, 2014 at the Kindred Transitional Care & Rehabilitation Center in Franklin, following an illness. He was the husband of the late Angelina (Stracqualursi) Wood, a well known artist and founder of the Woodshed Galley in Franklin. Born July 30, 1925 in Boston, a son of the late William and Ida (Chase) Wood, he was a Franklin resident for over 40 years. He served his country honorably in the United States Navy during World War II and attained the rank of ship fitter 3rd class. He served as a SeaBee on Banika Island in the Pacific and was honorably discharged in December 1945. He was a retired engineer who worked for Gorham Silver in Waltham and was Director of Engineering at the New England Aquarium, where he supervised its original construction. He advanced to be Acting Director of the Aquarium. In 1968, along with his late wife he started the Woodshed Gallery in Franklin, specializing in picture framing, jewelry and exhibitions of fine art. The Woodshed Gallery is now being operated by their children. James was known as Mr. Fix It, and enjoyed woodworking, camping, being outdoors, bird watching, playing blackjack, and eating chocolate. He is survived by his children; Bruce Wood and his partner William Janosco of Franklin, Mary-Ann Wood Besnia and her husband Mark of Franklin and Lois Wood and her husband Lawrence Curtis of Sarasota, Florida, a granddaughter Faye Walkiewicz of Sarasota, Florida, and a brother Frank Wood of South Yarmouth. Friends and family are invited to attend a Celebration of Life Sunday, March 2nd, from 1 - 3 p.m. at the Woodshed Gallery, 1243 Pond St., Franklin, MA 02038. Arrangements are under the care of the Charles F. Oteri & Son Franklin Funeral Home 33 Cottage St. Franklin. Guestbook www.oterifuneralhome.com.

Published in The Country Gazette from Feb. 23 to Mar. 2, 2014
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