Alan Douglas Wood

March 29, 2018 19 Condolences Print Obituary

On March 21, 2018 Alan Douglas Wood of Sherwood Park, AB, passed away peacefully at the age of 74 years.

He is survived by his loving wife of 40 years, Elizabeth, his children Jennifer (Tyson), Jonathan (Jenn), and Joanna (Jesse); and 5 beautiful grandchildren Hailey, Emma, Nicholas, Leah, and Kellan; his brothers Larry, and Kevin (Heather); parents-in-law Harry and Linda Lemke, as well as numerous relatives and friends.

He was predeceased by his father and mother, Gerry and Ruth Wood, sisters Fiona and Erica, and sister-in-law Patti.

Memorial Service
Thursday April 5, 2018 at 11:00am
Glory Lutheran Church
22577 Hwy16 Sherwood Park, AB

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to Glory Lutheran Church Memorial Fund (www.glorylutheran.ca) or to the Strathcona Community Hospital Foundation.

  1. Dear Elizabeth and family I am deeply sorry for your loss,I figured out I’ve known the Wood family 58years. He was a true gentleman and I will cherish his memory. I’m so glad we had a chance to visit when you came to Victoria . In sorrow Pat Eassie (Dowse)

    • Hi Pat, I am so sorry that I have not replied to your kind thoughts regarding Alan’s passing. This all happened so fast that it was and still is hard to come to terms with. I miss him so much and I thought that as each day goes by, it will get easier, but I was wrong. Some days the grief takes hold of me in ways I cannot describe. I am happy that Alan had an opportunity to reconnect with school friends. He loved people and was loved by many. Thank you. Elizabeth Wood

  2. We send our love and prayers to the Wood family during this difficult time.

  3. Alan was one of the true good guys. I had the great good fortune of growing up next to the Wood family on Castle Road in Calgary and even though I have lived in Australia for many years, in addition to past ‘coffee’ visits, I was able to talk with Alan on the phone in December when I was in Calgary visiting Dad and my family and friends. As always, he took the time to patiently and with his usual good humour, help me out with some personal matters. He sent me puns and jokes by email and we often ‘spoke’ about music or the state of affairs of the world, as recently as the end of February. I didn’t even know he was ill and that sure speaks volumes as to the type of person he was. A giver, not a taker; and he will be truly missed by family, friends, members of the church, his clients, and the community. I am so truly ‘gutted’ to hear of Alan’s passing. My deepest sympathies to you, Elizabeth, and to all the family. I hope you take comfort in the many wonderful memories you have of such a special man.

    • Hi Leigh,I am sorry that it has taken me this long to reply to your kind thoughts. It all happened so fast that and I am still completely baffled and at a loss for words to describe how I feel. All I do know for sure is I miss him so much–more and more each day. I know how much you and your Dad meant to Alan and also to me. I hope we can keep in touch. Take care, Elizabeth Wood

  4. Dear Liz, Cathy and I are in Phoenix and just heard the sad news of Al’s passing. I am so sorry to hear and our heart goes out to you and the family. I had a tremendous respect and admiration for Al, having known you both since 1976 after taking over from Bill at the Century, he made me feel so welcome as another Easterner moved West. Please accept our deepest condolences to you and the family, I will remember with fondness the memories he has left with me including his unique sense of humor.
    Sincerely.

    • Hi Chris and Cathy. Sorry it has taken me this long to reply to your kind words about Alan. I still cannot believe this has happened and sometimes I feel that he is simply out of town and should return soon. Words cannot describe what I feel and how much I miss him. Thank you for thinking of us.
      Liz

  5. Dear Liz, we have just heard the sad news, our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
    I remember so well when Al and you started courting during our time working at Century Insurance.
    What a legacy he leaves both as a Leader in our insurance industry and during his passion at IBC. He was highly regarded by all in the insurance industry as well as by those in our Governments.
    Al always found the time to listen to everybody. His gentle voice and sense of humour are memories we will cherish.

    • Dear John and Janice. Thank you for your kind words about Alan. I still cannot believe he is gone. This happened so fast that I did not have time to true process it all, and quite frankly I am still in disbelief. Alan was truly unique and loved by all. I have always admired him from the day I first got to know him, and my admiration and love grew stronger each day. Not sure how I am going to carry on without him.
      Liz

  6. Dearest Liz and family, My sincere and deep condolences on Al’s passing. He was a true gentleman and a scholar highly respected by all who knew him. I’m not the only one who reached out to Alan to pick his brain! You and Alan were two of the first people I had the honor to get to know early in my insurance career back in Thornton Court. May he rest in peace and may you find comfort in your family and friends.

  7. Lipsi, So sorry for your loss. Both our hearts share your sadness. Our deepest sympathy to you and your family. May our prayers and thoughts comfort you and may peace be present in this time of grief. Love’s last gift…remembrance.

    • There is only one special person who remembers my nickname. Thank you so much for your condolences. Sorry it has taken me this long to reply. I still cannot believe this has happened to me. He went so fast–14 days from the day of diagnosis. I love him and miss him so much. Not sure how I will get through this but keeping busy with Mom and Dad does help. Keep in touch.

  8. Liz, Doreen and I just learned of Al’s passing and want to convey to you our profound sympathy.
    We have known Al for almost 50 years and he was super to work with. He brokered our first computer purchase and helped to maintain it for many year.
    He will be truly missed.

    • Hi Doreen and Larry, sorry it has taken me this long to reply to your kind words regarding Alan. He truly was unique, smart and a lovable character. I have admired him since I got to know him and still was in awe of his nature and love for the insurance business and all the people in his life. I love him and miss him so much. Not sure how I will cope without him.

  9. Just heard of the sad news of Al’s passing and am sorry for your loss. He was a real gentleman and was certainly highly regarded by all in the insurance industry. May he rest in peace.

  10. Dear Liz and Family,

    We are still reeling from the news of Al’s passing, and are just heartbroken. Al was truly one of the greatest examples of a good person, and he will be sorely missed by all who knew him. We are so very sorry that we cannot be there today to attend Al’s service but are unfortunately out of country until mid June. Please know that our hearts are with you today with love and prayer. May God touch you with his healing hands and help you through your sorrow.

    • Hi Kevin and Denise. Sorry it has taken me this long to reply. Yes, it did happen too fast and I am still in disbelief and shock. Alan was truly unique and loved by many for his talents, his business sense and his love for all he met throughout his life. I love and miss him so much and do not know how I will live without him. This is all too hard.

  11. So sorry for your loss, Al will be greatly missed.
    Al & Mary Hegge

  12. Thank you Al for your condolences. I am finding it very difficult to comprehend how fast it all went and that he is no longer with us in body. I truly miss him so much and love him more than anyone knows.

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