David Nelson Wood

May 04, 1970 - September 30, 2014 

David Nelson Wood

May 04, 1970 - September 30, 2014 

Obituary for David Nelson Wood

David Nelson Wood, 44, of Manchester, Mass., an attorney and lifelong, beloved local resident, passed away suddenly at Beverly Hospital on Tuesday, September 30. He is survived by his wife, Maryann (Dillon) Wood, and their three adored sons - Frank (11), Daniel (9), and Felix (6).
The son of Frank and Gretchen (Willwerth) Wood, Dave was born on May 4, 1970, and grew up in Manchester as the second of four children. He graduated from the University of Massachusetts Lowell with a B.S. in plastics engineering, and went on to earn his law degree from Suffolk University School of Law in 2001. He practiced law in Manchester for a number of years before opening his own practice in Beverly, where he specialized in local real estate transactions and helped countless area residents with their home closings. He was also very involved in establishing the Gloucester-based distillery Ryan & Wood, and with his wife, he owned and managed Al’s Café in Manchester for a number of years.
Dave was widely known and well loved around his town for his community involvement, his easygoing manner, and his rollicking sense of humor. He was someone affectionately thought of as the fun dad, the fun friend, someone you could always count on to get an entire party or dinner table laughing. He coached many of his sons’ sports teams, including the Junior Hornets football team, and was also active with their scout troop. He was a lifelong member of Sacred Heart Parish, and also belonged to the Manchester Club and the Sons of the American Legion.
In addition to his wife, his children, and his parents, Dave is survived by his three sisters, Peggy Russo of Manchester, Colleen Wood-Bell of Beverly, and Mary Spencer of Westborough and their spouses; several nieces and nephews; his father-in-law, Daniel Dillon of Revere; his two brothers-in-law, Malachy Dillon and Douglas Dillon; a tight-knit extended family that includes many aunts, uncles, and cousins; and a wide circle of friends.
A funeral Mass will be celebrated at Sacred Heart Church, 62 School Street, Manchester, on Monday, October 6, at 10:00 a.m. Visiting hours at the Campbell Funeral Home, 525 Cabot Street, Beverly, on Sunday, October 5, from 2:00-5:00 p.m. Burial will be private. In lieu of flowers, contribution may be made in his memory to the Wood Children College Fund, c/o Cape Ann Savings Bank, Manchester Office, 17 Beach Street, Manchester, MA 01944. Information, directions, condolences at www.campbellfuneral.com.

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