‘A nicer man you would not meet’
By Deborah Anderson
Flags all around the South Shore were lowered on their masts to honor Bruce Wood, a 43 year veteran of the Halifax Fire Department and contract mail hauler for the US Postal Service, who was killed in a head-on collision Friday, April 10, at 2:37 p.m.
Bruce drove his box truck among the various South Shore post offices delivering and picking up mail, and on Friday left the Plympton post office with a cheerful comment to the mail clerk about it being a good day, and on his way to the Carver post office met a truck head-on which, travelling north, had reportedly drifted into the southbound lane. Wood was declared dead at the scene and the other driver, 35-year-old Joel Reed of New Bedford, was taken to South Shore Hospital in Weymouth with serious injuries. Reed, it is reported, was later transported to a Boston Hospital. His condition could not be determined at press time.
Chief Patrick Dillon of the Plympton PD, said that the cause of the accident is under investigation by the Plympton Police Department and the State Police Accident Reconstruction division. State Police have custody of a cell phone which was found in the passenger compartment of Reed’s vehicle.
Wood’s funeral service will be held this morning, Friday, at 11 a.m. at the Halifax Congregational Church, 503 Plymouth St., Route 58, Halifax, following visiting hours at the Church at 10 a.m. After the funeral service, Wood will be buried at the Central Cemetery in Halifax. Arrangements are by the Leighton-MacKinnon Funeral Home.
A visitation was held at the Funeral Home, 4 West Washington St., Hanson.
Bruce was a lifelong resident of Halifax, and a 43-year member of the Halifax Fire Department. He was also the department’s chaplain, Halifax Chief Jason Viveiros told the Express. He was known for his smile and upbeat attitude. “A nicer man you would not meet.”
Bruce was the only son of the late Myron “Bud” Wood Jr. and Elizabeth “Betty” (Alger) Wood. He was the loving father of the late Christopher Wood, his only son, who died in a motorcycle crash in 2009 at the age of 21.
He was the most wonderful brother and will be sorely missed by his sisters Beth Wood of Shelbyville, KY, Bonnie Wood and Brenda Pettingill and her husband Robert, all of Halifax. He also leaves aunts, uncles and cousins whom he truly loved.
Bruce graduated from Silver Lake High School, Class of 1970. He attended UMASS for two years and in 1974 worked at Armstrong Cork in Braintree. In 1972 Bruce joined the Halifax fire department and maintained his service till now working with many generations of firefighters and friends. He was most recently made Chaplin of the department.
He started driving early in life on a John Deere tractor on his grandfather’s farm. The seat felt so good he started driving professionally. Local businesses, Bosworth and Casoli’s, were predecessors to his eventual postal contract as a distributor of bulk mail to the local post offices. He enjoyed the rigorous schedule because of the great people he saw every day. He was active through his life with boats, motorcycles, fishing, hunting and enjoying the outdoors. Since his son’s passing, he found great strength through local churches and the words they bring. Through this knowledge, he felt his greatest achievements were being able to help those in need.
In lieu of flowers, donations in Bruce’s memory may be made to one of his causes: Bible Baptist Missions, PO Box 17615, Pensacola, FL 32522, or to any homeless charity in your area. It will make you feel good. Visiting hours were held in the Leighton-MacKinnon Funeral Home, 4 West Washington St., at the corner of Rte. 58, Hanson, Thursday, April 16, from 4 – 8 p.m. Services will be held at the Halifax Congregational Church, 503 Plymouth St, Halifax on Friday April 17, at 11a.m. There will be a visiting hour before service. Relatives and friends respectfully invited to attend. Internment will follow in Central Cemetery, Halifax.