Died at the home of his mother, Mrs. Maria Wood, four miles west of Rogersville, on the
5th inst., Fernando Wood, aged 41 years, 7 months and 29 days. Bright's disease was the
cause of his death. He was born at Holbrook on August 6, 1860, and was a son of Jesse,
now deceased, and Maria (nee Fordyce) Wood, and was the fourth in a family of eight children.
He left this section when quite young and after spending a few years in West Virginia went
west and for the past twelve years has been a resident of South Dakota, returning from there
less than a year ago. He was unmarried. The deceased was a gentleman in the truest sense of
the word - honest, true-hearted, modest and unassuming, and was beloved by all who knew him.
He lived an exemplary life, worthy of the highest emulation, and though we shall meet him on
earth no more, he will ever live in our hearts and we hope some day to greet him in that
heavenly home above. Funeral services were held Sunday afternoon at the Willow Grove
Christian church, conducted by Rev. W. F. McKain, after which his remains were laid to rest
in the old Fordyce cemetery.
Waynesburg Republican, April 10, 1902 (Greene County, Pennsylvania)
Composed in loving memory of Fernando Wood who departed this life in the home of his mother, in Center township, Greene county, Pa., April 5th, 1902, by Spencer S. Fordyce
Dear brother of our childhood days,
Born mid the Pennsylvania hills
At Holbrook, on old Tenmiles stream,
There on the hill side thou has played
And when by duty called away
Thy love of beauty hath been blest
To the Dakotas next he goes
And for eight years with might and main
But e'er a year, behold a cloud
Fit emblem of a stainless life
Where all our loved and lost we'll meet
Newspaper obituary, date and source unknown (Greene County, Pennsylvania)
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