June 17, 1934 – July 10, 2019
It is with great sadness that we share the news of the passing of Lolly Wood on Wednesday July 10th, 2019.
Lolly’s husband of nearly 65 years, John Wood, is deeply mourning the loss of the love of his life. Their love began virtually at first sight and became the foundation of a happy life for them and their three children.
Lolly’s loss is also being felt by her three children; Susan Wood (Bob) of Ottawa, Andrew Wood of Langley, and Irene Wood Davidson (Peter) of Whistler. Lolly is also being mourned by her grandchildren Jonathan, Genevieve, Jessica, Erin, Kerry, Michelle, Bobby, Tonnyiel, Cassandra, Natalie, Erin, and Ian as well as seven great grandchildren.
Born Mary Crawley on June 17th, 1934 in Belfast, Northern Ireland to Andrew and Margaret Crawley, Mary was one of six sisters, all of whom predeceased her. Although she was raised in relative affluence and could have chosen to remain living such a life, Mary Robb imagined a life with less social constraints and more opportunities for an independent minded young woman. So, at age eighteen, she left Ireland to start a
new life in Canada. That decision brought her to Toronto and into the life of John Ernest Wood, who won her heart. It was not long before they were married, October 8th, 1954. John became a soldier and Mary, now Lolly, began life as an army wife. First to Germany for two years, then a move every few years within Ontario. During those years, Lolly (with her incredibly supportive husband) raised three children while holding down one job or another until she eventually became a public servant with Revenue Canada.
Lolly was well known and loved for her friendly approach, good humour, and affable nature. She was an extremely gregarious person with a wonderful and playful sense of humour which never wavered right up until the end.
Like so many of the Irish, she was a storyteller and loved to tell her friends and family of life growing up in Ireland. Lolly and John, due to their many moves and friendly natures, made literally hundreds of friends across Canada, providing fodder for Lolly’s storytelling.
Lolly gave the gift of laughter and good humour to her three children and her grandchildren. Lolly left an indelible impression in the hearts of those lucky enough to have known her.
After retiring in Ontario, Lolly and John became snowbirds, travelling between Ontario and Florida for several years before embarking on their last big adventure-one last move-to British Columbia! Lolly’s last fifteen years were spent with her husband in Comox where they very much enjoyed their new life. Lolly was a very creative person who sewed, knitted, took up paper tole, Brazilian embroidery, and piano at one time or another. Many of her creations are treasures in the hands of her loved ones.
Lolly’s last year was spent at Comox Valley Seniors Village in the residential care wing. She enjoyed many moments with her husband and three children there in the days leading up to her passing.
On behalf of Lolly and her family, we would like to express our appreciation for the compassionate, loving and professional care she received from the dedicated staff in wing 1D.
At Lolly’s request there will be no celebration of life but those who knew and loved her are encouraged to make a donation to the Alzheimer Society of Canada.
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