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Wood, James

Funeral Report for the late James (Uncle Jimmy) Wood The funeral was held on 22nd December 2008 for the late James Wood, who died 11th December aged 89 years. Jim was born on 29th July 1919 in Molyneux Place, Northwich to Tom & Kate Wood. He was one of seven children having five brothers and a sister. He was an avid sportsman and in his younger days played football with his brothers for the local football team the “Casuals”. Throughout his life he enjoyed all kinds of sport, but his passion was without a doubt horse racing. At the outbreak of World War II Jim joined the army following his brothers into the services. During the war years he saw action in North Africa, the Middle East and Italy. At the end of the war he returned to Northwich and had a number of jobs. He worked in a hotel in Altrincham for a number of years as a second chef, before moving to the Fourways Restaurant. Later he changed direction and worked for several local builders. He finished his working life with Cheshire County Council based in Northwich and later Winsford. Jim was a bachelor but had a long standing relationship with the love of his life Elsie who was his companion for 35 years. When his brother Ron’s marriage broke up he moved into Marshall Lane and helped Ron bring up the family. When Ron passed away in 2003 Jim moved to Bournemouth for about eight months to live with his Niece Noleen and her husband Andy. In 2004 he returned to Northwich and moved into Fountain Court in Davenham. He used to go into town to do his shopping where he always visited his friend Karen on the cheese counter in the market. In 2007 Jim had to go into residential care at Daneside Court, then in 2008, needing specialist care, he moved to Avandale Lodge where he used to look forward to his visits from Karen, Noleen & Andy. Jim had a number of great nieces and nephews and always referred to them as “the bambinos” when asking and talking to them, this comes from his time in Italy. Uncle Jimmy will be sadly missed by all the family and especially Karen. The funeral service and committal held at Altrincham Crematorium were conducted by Rev Brian Peace. Family flowers and donations were received.

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