Pete Wood, age 76 of Troutville, passed away Wednesday, September 1, 2021 following a long illness.
Pete was born in Selma, Alabama and was the son the late Ambrose W. Sr. and Sarah C. Arnold Wood. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brothers, Charles and Joe. Pete is survived by his wife of 46 years, Freda Carter Wood; daughters: Christy Wood (Matthew) and Lisa Ann Wood (Nathan Bordegaray); grandchildren: Finnegan Ambrose and Josephine Catherine Bordegaray; sister, Anny Wood Mays; brothers: Jim Wood and Mike Wood (Jackie); numerous cousins and in-laws, and countless friends.
Pete attended Roanoke Catholic High School where he was president of the 1963 senior class and the University of Virginia (loved his UVA Saber tie).
He began his career with Bonanza Steakhouse Restaurants and formed Cavalier Enterprises, but he found his true calling in real estate and was a member of the Roanoke Valley Association of Realtors since 1985-semi-retiring from RE/MAX All Stars Realty in 2021.
Pete was a long-time member of Church of the Transfiguration in Fincastle where he was a member of the Knights of Columbus and a Fourth Degree Knight. At church, he coordinated the Red Cross Blood Drives, worked the Fish Fries, organized the trash pickups for Adopt-a-Highway, and served as a Eucharistic Minister.
Pete was a member of Catawba Lodge, F&AM, and belonged to the Roanoke Scottish Rite and Kazim Shrine. He was a member of Historic Fincastle, Inc., and the Botetourt Historical Society and admired their work in historic preservation. He never appeared on stage, but he was a staunch supporter of Freda and her love of Attic Productions Community Theater. (He earned the title of Parking Lot Supervisor).
Pete was a man of many interests. He was a “Mr. Fix-it” and had a tool for every job. And oh how he loved to be outside on the property mowing and weed eating! He always said it was such a peaceful time. The morning was complete with a cup of coffee and the newspaper with its Sudoku puzzle and jumble. Every morning at the family beach vacation it was a cup of coffee and a game of scrabble.
Pete was capable of seeing all sides of an issue and pulling people together to get things done. He was never afraid of hard work. He was always ready to lend a hand while wearing his Botetourt cap, and he had a grand sense of humor. Being able to laugh and see humor in a situation is a great gift and he had that gift.
Pete’s family would like to express their deep appreciation and heartfelt thanks to: Blue Ridge Cancer Care and Dr. Amanda Gillespie-Twardy and Allison Byrd, Carilion Roanoke Memorial 10 South, Good Samaritan Hospice and Sara, the many friends who shared words of encouragement and who prayed for Pete and his family.
Due to the prevalent COVID virus, Pete’s life will be celebrated at a future date when it will be safer for all.
In lieu of flowers, please donate blood to the American Red Cross.
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