My father, Lionel Johnson Wood was a quiet gentleman. As an army officer he was away for much of my childhood serving in different countries.
We joined him in Austria while he was commanding troops there during the British occupation.
When our family came to New Zealand he bought a house in Kitchener Road, Milford, on the North Shore in Auckland. Shortly after arrival my sister and I accompanied him to Te Awamutu where we stayed on a Stud farm owned by Miles Otway, brother of Seaton Otway. Leaving my sister and me on the farm, Dad continued his journey with my brother, Dick, to Te Kuiti where they stayed in an hotel, however, my father's bed was next to the window. It was a hot night and the window was open. In the middle of the night he turned in his sleep and rolled out of the window falling 20 feet below to the road. He was badly hurt and there followed a lengthy time in Middlemore Hospital.
In Auckland he was employed by the City Mission.
Later he became Secretary of the Maungakiekie Golf Club in Auckland.
My mother who had bought 3 or 4 adjacent sections in Albany designed a house and it was eventually built in 1966 in Kyle Road by Dad's friend Len Sigglekow.
By that time Dad was already Secretary of the North Shore Golf Club in Albany, Auckland after originally being Secretary at the old site in Takapuna before it was taken over by the then North Shore City Council.
After another house move to Glenfield he was a regular and popular member of the Glenfield Bowls Club.
He died on May 5th 1977 after a long and distressing illness. Coincidentally, his sister, Enid, also died on May 5th exactly ten years to the day before his death - they both had Cancer although my father also had other complications.
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