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Paul Winthrop Wood

Male 1922 - 2003  (81 years)


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  • Name Paul Winthrop Wood 
    Born 1922  , Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Gender Male 
    Interesting art, life story 
    Eby ID Number Waterloo-113049 
    Died 24 Aug 2003  Port Washington, Nassau, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Person ID I113049  Generations
    Last Modified 27 Jan 2022 

    Father Albert Gardner Wood,   b. 2 May 1886, New York City, New York, USA. Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 21 Aug 1973, Port Washington, Nassau, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 87 years) 
    Mother Louisa Moyer,   b. 16 Oct 1883, Walkerton, Brant Twp., Bruce Co., Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 6 Jan 1965, Port Washington, Nassau, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 81 years) 
    Married 20 Apr 1912  Vancouver, , British Columbia, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Family ID F28635  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • LONG ISLAND JOURNAL; In a Household of Music, Finding a Voice

      By MARCELLE S. FISCHLER Published: October 28, 2001

      MUSIC and art have always been intertwined in the Wood household.

      At 80, Paul Wood is a prolific artist, a stained-glass maker from a family of wood sculptors, tapestry-makers and sanctuary designers. He has transformed bits of colored glass into lofty stained-glass windows at more than 100 synagogues, churches and libraries, including 34 on Long Island. His wife, Jacqueline, 70, is a pianist and piano teacher.

      Growing up in their Port Washington home, Mark Wood, now 44 and an electric violinist, composer and inventor, had a string quartet with his three brothers. Stephen, now 47, and Paul M., 43, also played violin. Greg, now 46, was the cellist. Every night before they went to bed, they would ask their mother to play pieces by Chopin and Schumann. Enamored, their father painted scenes of the living-room recitals.

      ''I never knew growing up what kind of an incubator this was,'' said Mark Wood, sitting in the art-filled living room of his parents' home recently. ''Three of us became professional musicians.''

      While Stephen and Greg Wood stuck to classical, and Paul Wood chose another route and is a filmmaker working in computers, Mark Wood searched for his own voice.

      ''I was so fascinated by wood and sculpting wood,'' he said. ''I was also fascinated by the violin.'' He built his first electric violin in junior high school.

      He trained with Leonard Bernstein at Tanglewood and at Juilliard, but yearned for the sounds of Led Zeppelin, the Beatles and Van Halen. Instead of dropping the violin and playing the guitar, he added additional strings to the violin and became a rock violinist.
      As a young adult, he slept on the floor of his father's woodworking shop and art studio. ''My education was smelling, hearing,'' Mark Wood said. ''Hearing the brushes stroke, smelling the turpentine and the sawdust smells at night when I would go and build violins in the woodshop. It was a 24-hours-a-day absorption.''

      Mr. Wood calls himself ''the first heavy metal violinist.'' He has a violin-making shop in Huntington and fiddles on his own patented line of mutant-looking violins that have names like Viper, Sabre, Stingray and the Violator but produce sounds like a Stradivarius one moment, Jimi Hendrix the next.

      He also has four solo albums, performed a duet on tour with Celine Dion two years ago, collaborated with Billy Joel on ''All About Soul'' and worked with Lenny Kravitz and Everclear. He received Emmy nominations for composing the theme music for the 1998 Winter Olympics for CBS and for an ABC documentary.

      ''I'm finding at this point in my life that every part of the disciplines that I grew up with -- art, music, wood sculpture -- created a sort of a nucleus of one person's career,'' Mr. Wood said. ''I am able to combine all these disciplines together.''

      Six months ago, Mr. Wood was helping his father move his paintings and artwork to a new, revolving but permanent gallery at Temple Emanuel of Great Neck, where the artist installed 600 square feet of stained glass in 1996. Mark Wood suddenly realized that show needed to be about more than art.

      ''It hit me that I should write music specifically inspired by his paintings since I grew up seeing them and smelling them and feeling them and experiencing them,'' Mark Wood said.

      Paul Wood was born in Canada, part of a line of architects and builders that dates to 1610. His father, Albert Wood, was Henry Ford's architect in Detroit. When the Depression hit, Albert Wood piled his seven children and his wife into a car and drove to New York. Later, he opened a handmade furniture, architectural and artistic business, Albert Wood and Five Sons, in Port Washington and found a niche in church building.
      Paul Wood joined the family firm as a portrait painter. When church work dwindled, the specialty became synagogues. Paul Wood first designed the stained glass in watercolor, soon learning to do the craftsmanship himself. In the past five years, he has done windows at Young Israel of West Hempstead and Young Israel of Long Beach and a circular mosaic at his own church, Our Lady of Fatima, in Manorhaven.
      He never stopped painting. At his Great Neck studio, he is working on a six-by-nine-foot painting of the parting of the Red Sea and does watercolors at home. The lyrical collection has three familiar themes: music, family and spirituality.

      Mark Wood spent hours trying to figure out what his father's paintings would sound like. Then he recorded ''Portrait of an Artist'' with the Grammy-winning producer Adam Abeshouse. A double string quartet, including Mark and Greg Wood, will perform contemporary chamber music at his father's opening reception today at 4 p.m. at Temple Emanuel. Mark Wood's wife, Laura Kaye, will do the vocals.

      ''The musical language is a direct plug in to this artwork,'' Mark Wood said. ''I wanted to be as emotional as the paintings were and the way you do that is through melody and harmony.''

      The chamber compositions are unplugged, acoustical movements that draw on his classical background but are influenced by rock and jazz.
      ''I enjoyed immensely really separating myself as a composer and letting the music come from somewhere above and filter through me, grabbing onto all the experiences that I had as a child, growing up in the family and seeing his work,'' he said.1

      1The New York Times 28 Oct 2001

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      Artist Paul Wood Dies

      Longtime Port Washington resident and distinguished artist and teacher Paul Wood passed away on Sunday August 24. He was with his family and in the home that he built with his wife over 50 years ago.

      Paul Wood was born in Canada in 1922, part of a line of architects and builders that dates to 1610. His father, Albert Wood, was Henry Ford's architect in Detroit until the depression when the family came to New York, discovered Port Washington, and ultimately set up what was to become the successful family handmade furniture, architectural and artistic business, Albert Wood and Five Sons.

      Drafted into the army in 1943, Paul was stationed in Hawaii where he became the artist at his post and did more than 50 portraits and murals over the course of two years. In addition, Paul received the Army commendation ribbon. His portrait work continued long after the war and graces many law libraries, corporations, and private collections.

      Mr. Wood studied at the Art Students' League and the National Academy of Design, and in 1948, he established an art school in Port Washington, where he taught his unique method of painting for more than 50 years. He was the long-time head of the Art Council at the Port Washington Public Library where one of his large mosaics is on display.

      He was well versed in numerous artistic mediums, including oils, watercolors, mosaics and stained glass. He designed stained glass windows, mosaics and tapestries for more than one hundred churches and synagogues in almost every state. His book on stained glass crafting was the first definitive work on the art; and he followed it up with three more on similar themes and one on painting. His highly original watercolors evolved later in his career and are musings on life, love, family, and the world around him.

      A permanent exhibition of his artwork can be found at the Paul Wood Gallery at Temple Emanuel in Great Neck, dedicated in 2001. This show is the cumulative representation of Paul's lifetime of creative work and is a summation of his themes of family, faith, and love. The entire sanctuary was designed and installed in 1996 from Paul's creative and spiritual vision in collaboration with Rabbi Robert Widdom, and is an inspiration to everyone.

      Mr. Wood described himself as follows: "My basic philosophy is that art is an extension of a person and therefore it's the most personal form of expression. The impetus of my paintings is to share my feelings of joy, wonder, and enthusiasm. I'd like to leave a beautiful trace behind me, in living and affecting other people." Paul Wood's dream has certainly been fulfilled and will live on through his work and his family. His soul illuminates everything and everyone he has ever touched with an aura of wonder and joy. He had the innate ability of finding humor in every facet of his life. His integrity as an artist was matched only by his integrity as a man.

      He is survived by his beloved wife Jacqueline to whom he was married for 50 years; his four sons Steven, Gregory, Mark, and Paul; and five grandchildren, Ryan, Adrianne, Zachary, Jacob, and Elijah.

      Visitation is on Friday August 29, 2003 at Knowles Funeral Home located at 128 Main Street in Port Washington, New York. The hours will be in the afternoon from 2: 00 p.m. to 4: 00 p.m. and in the evening from 7: 00 p.m. to 9: 00 p.m.

      Mass will be at 11: 30 a.m. on Saturday August 30, 2003 at Our Lady of Fatima on Manorhaven Blvd. in Port Washington, New York.
      A special memorial service will be held on Sunday September 28 2003 at 12: 00 p.m. at Temple Emanuel on Hicks Lane in Great Neck, New York.2

      2Manhasset Press 29 Aug 2003

  • Sources 
    1. [S600] News - New York, Nassau, Port Washington - Manhasset Press, 29 Aug 2003.

    2. [S129] Vit - British Columbia Marriage Index.
      ALBERT GARDNER WOOD Bride: LOUISE MOYER married 20 Apr 1912 Place: VANCOUVER bca number: B11376 Registration Number: 1912-09-068812

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