OBITUARY: Pat (Wilcox) Wood, 84

Below is an obituary from Nichols Funeral Home:

WILMINGTON, MA — Pat (Wilcox) Wood, 84, passed away June 26, 2021, after a sudden illness.

Pat was the beloved oldest child of Millie and Giff Wilcox and was raised in Revere. Pat had many fond memories of growing up with her two siblings; Linda and Joe of Revere, and her work as a telephone operator.

In 1959, Pat married Richard Wood, her lifelong love and a career Navy submariner. Rich and Pat raised four children; Kay, Colleen, Mike and Richard, together, mainly in Groton,
CT and Wilmington, MA.

Pat was a dedicated Navy wife and was very active in her children’s schools as a room mother, volunteer, and scout leader. After retirement, the family moved to Wilmington.

In her late 30s, Pat matriculated at the University of Lowell, where she received her Master’s Degree. In her 40s, Pat began a new career committed to helping victims of domestic violence. She served as the Executive Director of Alternative House Domestic Violence shelter for twelve years. Tragically, Pat lost her beloved Rich in 1988 and became a widow.

Pat was a cherished and devoted grandmother to her grandchildren; Kay’s son Shawn Connor and Colleen’s daughters Stephanie MacDonald and Michelle LaBonte. When her daughter,
Colleen became ill, Pat decided to sell her house in Wilmington and move to Derry to be near her and her two daughters.

After her grandchildren were grown, Pat and her son Mike decided to move to Litchfield, where she continued to be active in her community. Pat continued in her lifelong efforts to champion those in need as she served as a Guardian ad Litem for Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) where she advocated in the courts for children who were involved in legal issues. She was a volunteer at the hospital for many years and was active at the Senior Center and her Book Club.

Pat was a beloved daughter, sister, wife, mother and grandmother. She was eagerly awaiting the birth of her first great-grandson, She will be greatly missed by her family, friends and all
those whose life she touched.

She is survived by daughter Kay and her husband David Reed and their son Shawn Connor his fiance Natanya Silverman, son Michael Wood, step-son Rich Wood, his children Chrissy and Richie Wood and late daughter Colleen’s widower Scott Youngand their children Stephanie and her husband Chris MacDonald as well as Michelle and her husband Corey LaBonte.

The family will gather for Visitation at Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave, (Rte. 62), Wilmington, MA on Saturday, July 10th at 12:30 p.m. followed by a Funeral Service at 1:30 p.m. Interment will follow in Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington.

Memorial donations may be made to the American Cancer Society, 30 Speen St., Framingham, MA 01701, in honor of Pat’s late daughter, Colleen.

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