Posted by Joan Arsenault on Jul 01, 2019
Beloved Rotarian, Robert C. Wood, originally of Darien, Connecticut, later of Cambridge and Georgetown Massachusetts, and Derry, New Hampshire, passed peacefully on June 30, 2019 at Massachusetts General Hospital. Bob served his full term as Rotary 7930 District Governor from July 1, 2018 until his death, June 30, 2019. Bob was the cherished husband of Susan for 47 years, father to Bradley and his wife Anita, grandfather to Taylor, as well as friend and mentor to many.  
 
Bob joined Rotary in 2001 and was a founding member of the Rotary Club of Greater Georgetown and served as that club’s second president. He later joined the Rotary Club of Peabody in 2009. He served Rotary District 7930 in many capacities including District Registrar, Assistant Governor, District Treasurer, and most notably District Governor during the 2018-2019 “Be the Inspiration” Rotary Year. 
 
Bob had a passion for the Rotary Foundation, as it was his self-proclaimed charity of choice. Further, Bob was a Major Donor as well as multiple Paul Harris Fellow. He was a strong supporter behind the scenes to over a dozen District Governors. He was instrumental in launching the Homeless and Hunger Initiative in Rotary District 7930 – a program that is well engrained in Rotary Clubs throughout Rotary District 7930.
 
In addition, Bob supported and participated in a Rotaplast Mission in Cebu City, Philippines. While there, Bob aided medical teams as they performed cleft palate surgeries. Further, Bob instilled the Cebu City mission as a flagship program for Rotary District 7930.
 
Bob was a man of wit, wisdom and vision. His life embodied the spirit of a great Rotarian: a devoted father, a dedicated citizen, a tireless leader, and a loyal friend. He was the general manager at the Chilton Club in Boston for many years and served his country as a Lieutenant in the United States Navy. 
 
A Celebration of Life will occur at the end of the summer or early fall and details will be forthcoming once known.
 
Susan Wood has asked that no flowers be sent.  In lieu of flowers, please make a donation in the name of Robert C. Wood to the Annual Fund/Share Program of the Rotary Foundation. Checks can be sent to Liz Cullen, District Foundation Chair. Please note on the check: In memory of DG Bob Wood.
 
Yours in Rotary,
Joan, DG 2019-20
 
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