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James Patrick Wood

1949 - 2016 Obituary Condolences
James Patrick Wood Obituary
JAMES PATRICK WOOD (PATRICK) was born November 12, 1949, in Pasadena, California, to James A. Wood and Barbara DeVean Wood. He died in Claremont, California, May 30, 2016 from acute leukemia. When he was two the family moved to Riverside, CA, where they built a home surrounded by orange groves on Victoria Avenue. The family grew with additions of three younger sisters - the four of them fourth generation of their Wood family to live in Riverside. Patrick graduated from Poly High, and later received his BA in Anthropology from the University of Arizona. He then joined his father in the life insurance business in Riverside. In 1996, Patrick married Jane Gibbons, a fellow Sierra Club member. Their active life included bike tours in Italy, Belgium, Holland and New Zealand. They lived in Sweden, Maine for eleven years before moving back to California and living at Pilgrim Place. In Claremont they joined a senior bike group and also, Patrick participated with the Pilgrim Pacers race walking group. Patrick is survived by his wife, Jane Gibbons; his mother, Barbara Wood Pafe; step father, Basil Pafe; his sisters, Julia Wood Hirsch, India Wood Moren, and Jean Wood; two step-daughters, Jenny and Tina, and one granddaughter. Survivors also include nephews, nieces, aunts and many Wood, Doering and Purviance cousins. Memorial Services were held June 2 at Pilgrim Place. Donations in Patrick's memory can be made to Pilgrim Place Resident Health and Support Fund, 625 Mayflower Road, Claremont, CA 91711 or Jubilee Partners, Box 68, Comer, GA 30629. (support group for refugees)

Published in Press-Enterprise on June 5, 2016
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