WOOD (AO)  David George

15.12.1937 – 26.10.2021

It is with great sadness that we announce the death of David Wood (AO), aged 83 years.
Dearly loved husband of Elene, he also leaves behind his children Michael, Alison and daughter in law Sue.
Loving grandfather of Rachael, Joshua, Rhiannon, Lucy, Kymberley and siblings Audrey, John.

Many thanks go out to the Doctors and Nurses at Alpine and Palliative care team at Mount Beauty Hospital for the love and care given to David.

Sweet is the sleep that ends all pain.
I would not wake you to suffer again.
In God’s hands you rest above.
In our hearts you rest with love.

Family and friends are invited to attend the celebration of David’s life which will be held at Tawonga Memorial Hall, 44 Kiewa Valley Hwy, Tawonga on Saturday 13th November 2021, commencing at 11.30am.
At the conclusion of the service a private family burial will be held at Tawonga Cemetery.

Due to Covid restrictions all persons 16 years and over must be double vaccinated to attend.

Livestream of the service will be available through www.ovrlstream.com.au/wood-2/

Please donate to Cancer Research or Red Cross – envelopes will be available at the funeral service.


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  1. Peter Symes  November 9, 2021

    As a graduate of David’s Class of ‘78 I was saddened to hear that he has passed away, at such a seemingly young-at-heart age. Dr Wood was an inspiring person, a great lecturer and a good friend to so many of us. He provided so much encouragement to me and everyone in our classes, and “breathed” inclusion & diversity long before it was correct to do so, because that’s who he was.
    R.I.P. David; I can’t help but feel your lovely family deserved you for many more years beyond all that time you gave to me and others so unselfishly. We will miss your timeless personality at our next class gathering, but we’re so pleased we were able to catch up and you could be part of a number of our dinners in recent years.

    • Elene Wood  November 14, 2021

      Dearest Peter.
      Your description of him was spot on! Thank you for your kind words.
      David was genuinely proud of each and everyone of you and he loved the fact that despite not always being able to attend, you kindly always remembered to invite The Young at Heart man that he was!
      I hope you and your classmates are travelling well in life.
      Regards Elene

  2. Kavita Brown  November 10, 2021

    “Dr Wood, Dr Wood…” There weren’t too many days in the “ChemEng” department that you wouldn’t hear me chasing him. He always greeted me with a smile and I spent plenty of time chatting with him – my insecurities and fears all laid bare – he always responded with pragmatic support and care particularly when my grandfather passed away in 3rd year. I wish I’d taken the opportunity to reach out when I was in country

    • Elene Wood  November 14, 2021

      Dearest Kavita
      Thank you for your kind words. You have beautifully described many of the reasons why I fell in love with him. Always know that if he was giving you sage advice, it was coming from the heart because he genuinually cared.
      I hope you are travelling well in life.
      Regards Elene

  3. Mary Pappa  November 11, 2021

    David you were a mentor and a great friend and I looked forward to your visits to National Office with Elene.

    Will miss you dearly

    Mary Pappa xxx

    • Elene Wood  November 14, 2021

      Dearest Mary,
      Thank you for your kind words. You were a First Class Receptionist, proficient and thorough in your work, who always made David and myself feel most welcome. He loved your effervescent personality and the way you always remembered me, my Name Day, and made sure you included me where possible to RACI events.

      Thank you for organising those exquisite flowers on behalf of the RACI.
      Regards Elene

  4. Trish Kerin  November 13, 2021

    Elene and family
    I am sending my love and thoughts to you at this time. I always enjoyed meeting up with David and you at Chemeca each year for a wonderful conversation.

    Trish Kerin
    IChemE Safety Centre Director

  5. CRAIG UNDERHILL  November 13, 2021

    I only knew David for a short time. In that time, despite his illness, his intellect, warmth, openness, common touch, humour, enquiring mind and humanity shone threw. He was thankful for everyone helping him, he was encouraging others, seemingly trying to ensure all was right with the team around him.

    I have something to tell you though Prof: the medical students at University of Melbourne used to regularly cheat at their compulsory chemistry pracs (workbooks passed on year to year to copy).

    It was a privilege to know him albeit briefly. he will be clearly missed by many.

  6. Hionoula  December 15, 2021

    Dear David and Helen. It was my honour to welcome David in our family and be at your amazing wedding. What a day that was. I looked through the photos and I lit a candle into your memory David.
    I am so happy we managed to meet in the uk and shared a dinner together with my family. I will treasure that day.
    You were both so special to us. My dear cousin treasure the special memories you shared with David .
    May god rest your soul David.
    All our love, your cousin Hionoula and family. Xxx


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