ARRL East Bay Section


Posted by af6aq on March 25th, 2009

James F. Wood

Dec. 28, 1931-March 24, 2009

Jim passed away peacefully at home after battling leukemia since Nov. 07.

Raised in Richmond, CA, attended Richmond High School, Class of ‘49 and graduated Cogswell Polytechnical College, 1952. Jim was an Eagle Scout & served as a Sgt. in the U.S. Army Signal Corps, Korea. He was employed as a Structural Engineer in Metal Manufacturing for 40 years, a member of Richmond Yacht Club since 1952.

Jim met Joann Howard met doing a folk dance and they married in 1958 in San Francisco. They continued to enjoy folk dancing and folk music together. Jim was an active member of the Peninsula Ski Club since 1957. He was also a member of the South Bay Amateur Radio Assn. (KE6IVA), and had volunteered with the Fremont Police Department since 1997; as well as the first CARE volunteer police program in 2007.

“Big Jim” was the head electrician for the Niles Canyon Railway Train of Lights. He enjoyed working with all the volunteers of the Pacific Locomotive Association.

Jim loved fishing, camping, birding, sailing, and traveled extensively through Europe with Joann. He was a skilled card player and passed that talent down to his family. Friends and relatives did not hesitate to call with any project, from building a deck to solving a plumbing or electrical problem.

Jim will live on through his daughters Elaine and Christy, sons-in-law, John and Tom, grandchildren, Steve, Heather, Holly, and Ryan.

Services will be held Friday, March 27, at Berge-Pappas-Smith Chapel of the Angels, 40842 Fremont Blvd., Fremont. Viewing 10:30 am, Celebration of Life 11:30 am, reception to follow.