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John James Wood Jr.

December 1, 1949 - May 16, 2021

John James Wood Jr., beloved husband of Pamela J. Wood, 71 years young, of Newark, DE, passed away peacefully surrounded by his family on Sunday, May 16, 2021.

Born in Washington, D.C. on December 1, 1949, son to the late John James Wood Sr. and Gertrude Mabel (Graven) Wood; brother to Elizabeth A. (Bidez) and Robert W. Wood (Susan); uncle to Paul, Marc, Jennifer, Julie Anne and Michael; loving husband and soulmate of 47 years to Pamela J. (Davis) Wood; devoted father to Jason M., Leslie A. and Meghan E.; and proud PopPop to Jordan, Alayna, Andrew, and Cameron.

John grew up in Landover Hills, MD, and graduated from Duval High School in 1968. He completed his MBA at Cabrini College in 2003, magna cum laude. John worked for the railroad for over 30 years, then retired in 2010.

He loved working in the yard and around the house, always blasting his Honky-tonk music. John also loved riding his Harley and making friends everywhere he went. He was the life of the party, one of a kind with the most generous heart. John always put others before himself, and was a true friend to everyone he met.

A memorial service will be announced at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, please make donations in John’s memory to the American Cancer Society, PO Box 669, New Castle, DE 19720.


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21 Condolences for John James Wood Jr.

  • So very sorry for your loss. John was loved and admired by everyone whose life he touched.

  • So very sad to lose someone I attended Junior High and High School with…also knew and corresponded with his wife, Pam…ride that motorcycle straight to heaven, John…rest well…

  • He truly was the most sweetest, generous, kind hearted man I’ve ever met and was definitely the life of the party. He will be deeply missed. Love and prayers to the family.

  • Pam,Sorry to hear about John,he was a great guy.I would like to attend any service for John and so would a number of classmates

  • It was a great loss ,we both enjoyed working with John and have a good time.John was a good friend and coworker. RIP my friend.

  • John was the best friend you could ever have. We grew up together in the same neighborhood. And then we work together on the railroad. He will be missed. When I went to go see him last year I had a hat that I had made for the Washington terminal company. It was the last hat that I had and I gave it to him and he loved it. He will be missed I always love you John. Rest my friend rest

  • Condolences to the family and may you RIP J. J.

  • Will always remember the good time at W.T. and Amtrak. You were the best coworker and even a Better Friend .

  • J J was a great person to work with and a much better friend off the job, we had a lot of fun together . May you rest in heavenly peace my friend.

  • John was an amazing man. He helped anyone he could. Definitely the life of the party. He would talk to strangers. He helped me move to Florida and helped me get my job at Amtrak. Loved that guy. Still can’t believe he has gone. Rip John

  • Pamela, John was a good man and a great friend to me. Still remember staying at your house when I came to bear from Beech Grove. Please accept my deep sympathy and take solace in the fact that John had a lot of people that knew him as someone they could trust and who would always be there if he was needed.

  • Pam my heart felt sympathy to you and the family.
    I’ll never forget John, he was a special individual who was always there when you needed him, with a smile !
    Sorry for your loss.

  • So sorry for your loss and the loss of a long time friend Prays for you and your family.

  • I am so very sorry to the family for your loss. I am a cousin to John but we never spent much time together unfortunately, only when we were both very young and Gertrude would come to Pa to visit. I remember him fondly though. My sympathy and prayers to you.

  • Pam, we loved John he has been a great friend to jason and I and will be deeply missed. As soon as I get back into town I’m coming over. If you need anything please let me know. Hang in there sweetie and just know we are here for you.


  • Sorry to hear about John’s passing. While I didn’t know John well, whenever our paths crossed at Amtrak I was always greeted with a big smile, a hearty handshake and some robust conversation. My deepest sympathy goes out to John’s family and friends. I know he will truly be missed.

  • So sorry to hear this. My condolences to the family. Worked with him at the Chicago 16th Street Diesel Pit. Taught me alot about locomotives. RIP dear friend.

  • Rest in Heaven John. You were a spark of life at Amtrak in Chicago being a manager and a friend to many. God Bless you and your family.

  • God Bless his soul and family. He was a great railroader and had many friends

  • John and I were in 5th grade together in Landover Hills and through high school. He was always terrific, fun loving and a great guy. I will miss him.