Richard M. Wood

  • Born: December 22, 1940
  • Died: June 22, 2020
  • Location: Goffstown, New Hampshire

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Tribute & Message From The Family

Richard Merrill Wood, 79, died on Monday, June 22nd, 2020, at the Hillsborough County Nursing Home in Goffstown, NH. Richard, or as he was known to his many friends, Dick, was born in December 1940 in Plymouth, NH, the son of Virginia and John Wood, Sr, also lifelong residents of Plymouth, NH.

Earlier in his life, he married Gloria Wood, from Laconia, NH, whose marriage lasted 25 years, and later in life he enjoyed a 24-year marriage with Pauline (Paradis) Wood, of Goffstown, NH, who survives him.

Richard attended Plymouth Regional High School, excelling in athletics, being named to the NH All State football squad, as well as the Varsity basketball teams. He went on to play collegiate level and even a bit of semi-pro basketball.

He graduated from Keene State College with a degree in Education and began a 40-year career in high school education, with the majority of that time spent at Goffstown Area High School. He was a beloved teacher, with hundreds of students continually approaching him in the community, taking the time to shake his hand, smile and share stories decades after their graduation!

He returned to Plymouth State College, securing a Master's degree in Education Administration later in his life, also teaching at the new Hampshire Technical Institute in Concord for several decades.

Richard was a member of the St. Matthew's Episcopal Church, and was extremely active in the Food Bank they ran for area residents. He was involved in Boy Scout leadership, Little League and basketball coaching.

The family wants to especially thank the outstanding efforts of the caregivers of the A-1 wing of the Hillsborough Nursing Home, for their patience, and amazing patient care.

He is survived by his sister, Terry Colby, and brother, John R. Wood Jr., as well as son, Jay Wood, and daughter, Jodi Wood, and a large number of grandchildren.

No funeral parlor or church services will be held, due to covid-19 concerns. Outside services at graveside will be held Monday, June 29th, 2020 at 1100 am at Riverside Cemetery, 66 Fairgrounds Road, Plymouth, NH, 03264. Masks will be required at the service. Family and friends are invited to attend.

In lieu of flowers, those who wish can make a contribution to the NH Food Bank: 700 East Industrial Park Dr. Manchester NH, 03109.


Condolence & Memory Journal

He was my Shop teacher at Goffstown High School. Always liked to talk to me for a few minutes

Posted by Philip Rose - NH - student   August 18, 2020

To Dick's family - especially Pauline, Jodi and Jay. Woody will be missed. He will always be my Uncle Woody. The messages from former students and friends speak for themselves. He was really a good soul. With love.

Posted by Sarah McMurphy - Keene,, NH - Family   July 01, 2020

Pauline and family, I am so sorry for your loss. Richard was a wonderful man. He will be missed.

Posted by Karen McGee - Friend   July 01, 2020

To the Wood family, so sorry for your loss. Mr. Wood was an amazing man who had time for me as a teen, and much later in life when I would see him in town.

Posted by Marc Goulet - Manchester, NH - Friend   June 30, 2020

I will miss talking with Dick,such a gentle soul. So sorry for your loss Pauline and family.

Posted by Joyce Pisani - Mallards Landing, NH - Neighbor   June 30, 2020

To Mr. Wood's family. I'm so sorry for your loss. Mr. Wood was a wonderful teacher and person. He will be missed. My thoughts and prayers are with you all. Rest easy Mr. Wood.

Posted by Pamela (Locke) Marty - Manchester, NH - Student   June 30, 2020

Pauline - We here at Granite State Ambassadors were saddened to hear about Dick's passing. With over 1350 hours served at mostly the Manchester Airport and multiple statewide events, we truly enjoyed getting to know both of you and having you as part of our family for 14 years. You certainly captured our hearts and we will remember Dick fondly.

Posted by Kelly Bryer - Goffstown, NH - Coworker   June 30, 2020

Dick Wood was one of the good guys in this world. His enthusiasm and willingness to help out in any situation was commendable. His love for and loyalty to Pauline always impressed from the day they came to me seeking marriage and throughout the twenty plus years thereafter. He was a man of joy and effort and faith, a strong example for all of us. Straight to Heaven for Dick. God bless his family.

Posted by Rev. William Exner - Goffstown, NH - Friend   June 30, 2020

Heaven is gaining a superb, selfless, beloved individual. It was an honor to work with and learn from you, Dick! You have left your mark on many hearts. Rest easy now. <3>

Posted by Lisa Nelson - Candia, NH - Coworker   June 29, 2020


Always a smile, a kind word, and optimism in his attitude toward everything.

Posted by Peggy Blair - NH - Coworker   June 29, 2020

Although I was never in his class, Mr. Wood made a lasting impression on me. While changing classes in junior high he would stand outside of the Shop next to Home Economics. He would always engage in conversation and have something funny to say about my (not so great) home economic skills. I looked forward to those interactions and think of them still. It's amazing how such a simple thing spoke volumes about the type of person he was.

GHS Class of 1972

Posted by Sandra Robinson Zimmerman - Swansboro, NC - Student   June 29, 2020

He will be missed at Mallards Landing always helping people and a big smile.

Posted by Jeanne Babineau - Friend   June 29, 2020

There were teachers who's lessons you remember and there were teachers who changed the coarse of your life. Mr. Wood changed mine with a comment on an essay I wrote about what I wanted to do after high school. Thank you for making me realize that I was under estimating myself.

Goffstown class of 1984

Posted by Robert Gobin - Pembroke, NH - Student   June 28, 2020


Mr. Wood was an ideal teacher whom most of the students liked and respected very much. He was such a good influence, and so pleasant. My condolences to the family.

Posted by Debra Farnsworth Lavoie - Grantham, NH - Student   June 28, 2020

So sorry to hear about your loss. Dick and I taught together at GHS and I always enjoyed the love he had for his students and his coworkers.

Posted by Kathy Sargent - Morristown, TN - Coworker   June 28, 2020

I had the pleasure of working with Dick as a teacher at Goffstown High and Mountain View Middle School. Dick was a professional in his approach to teaching and very innovative always able to keep his students motivated. For Dick the students always came first. I will always re member that his smile and the Happy good morning he offered on my way to my classroom. He will be missed by the community for the work he did on various projects. Bill Ruwell - June 28th, 2020

Posted by William RUWELL - Dunbarton, NH - Coworker   June 28, 2020

There are only a few truly great teachers who leave a lasting impression for a lifetime. Mr. Wood was one of those teachers. It is because of him that I have attention to detail in everything I do. Mr. Wood recognized the value of education and enriching a student's life. At the end of the day everyone realized just how awesome he was. I mean, he let me build a sword in metal shop!! You will be missed Mr. Wood. The world just lost an amazing person. Rest in peace.

Class of 1992.

Posted by James Danis - Hooksett, NH - Student   June 28, 2020

Dear Pauline, I'm so sorry to hear of your loss. Dick will be missed by all of us at St. Matts. He was always so friendly and happy. Hugs to you. Margie Battey.

Posted by Margie Battey - Goffstown, NH - Friend   June 28, 2020

I was so lucky to have him as both, a teacher and a scout master. He helped guide me during my teenage years which helped me turn into the person I am today. He was a good person, loved by so many! My thoughts & prayers are with all of you!!

Posted by Michael Chapdelaine - Lothian, MD - Student   June 28, 2020

Pauline, So very sorry to hear of Dick's passing. You and your family are in our thoughts and Prayers. He will be missed at Mallards Landing

Posted by Joyce Krar - Friend   June 28, 2020

One of my fav teachers, you always made class fun. Condolences to your family, you will be missed.

Posted by Liz D. - Student   June 28, 2020

He was a great person an impacted many people's lives

Posted by Donald Anderson - Raymond, NH - Student   June 27, 2020

He was such a kind soul. Truly sorry for your loss, he will be missed.

Posted by Caitlin Scannell - Student   June 27, 2020

Dear Jay, Jodi & Gloria
I have so many wonderful memories of being the babysitter' on Larch St. Dick was always a great supporter of my career & even personally delivered a retirement card to me. My thoughts & prayers are with all of you. He will be missed. Hugs + love. Carol Thibaudeau

Posted by Carol Thibaudeau - Bedford, NH - Friend   June 27, 2020

I was so lucky to have you as both, a teacher and a neighbor. We loved seeing you around, you were always so kind and fun! I used to always laugh on Halloween.. you would be sure to not be around for trick or treat, but always left some fun gag outside for the kids that came by! You were a good person, loved by so many! ❤

Posted by Jess (Morel) Moya - Manchester, NH - Student   June 27, 2020


I'm so sad to hear this he was one of my favorite teachers an i also enjoyed seeing him in town. So sorry for the family. Sending love light healing vibes and prayers.

Posted by Jennifer Freemantle - Goffstown, NH - Student   June 27, 2020

Thoughts and prayers to the family...your Dad was a great person and amazing teacher. May he Rest In Peace. Hugs to you all.

Posted by Monique (Hebert) Manna - Weare, NH - Friend   June 27, 2020

Jay and Jodi, I'm so sorry for your loss. I really enjoyed your dad's metal class. Praying for you folks.

Posted by Kevin Horion - Springfield, VT - Student   June 27, 2020

So sorry for your loss! Mr Wood as I knew him was a great teacher and always made his class interesting. I learned loads from him and he will be missed!

Posted by Susan Sherman Clark - Newbury UK, NH - Student   June 27, 2020

He was a great teacher, I always loved his shop classes, and I had many with him all through junior high, and high school. Always willing to help with projects, both during class, and after school. I still have the BBQ grill I made, with his help, during metal shop class in 1974. I think of him every time I look at it. My Condolences, Edward Bud Gordon GHS class of 77.

Posted by Edward Gordon - weare, NH   June 27, 2020

A great guy and wonderful colleague. Condolences to the family from the Upham family.

Posted by Jim Upham - Venice, FL - Coworker   June 27, 2020

I met Dick my first year of teaching in Goffstown. Loved having his son and daughter as my students. Years later Dick married my aunt and I got to see how kind, caring, and helpful he was to everyone in his life. Of Dick, one could say, he never met a person he would not help. We'll miss you, Dick. Rest in peace, kind sir. Matante, my heart goes out to you.

Posted by Carolyn Sorenson Somma - Worcester, MA - Family   June 27, 2020

Deepest condolences to the whole family. One of the many cherished tech teachers, you will be missed.

Posted by David & Carla Chabot - Sutton, NH - Student   June 27, 2020

I was a student of his in the early 1990s. I have never forgotten what I learned in his class and treasure the memories of those lessons. May he rest in peace and may his family find comfort in knowing how many lives he touched through the years.

Posted by Michelle Plessner - New boston, NH - Student   June 27, 2020


Our sincere thoughts and prayers go out to Pauline and family. We don't believe there are many in Goffstown that did not know Dick! Good hearted, always friendly. He certainly picked the perfect profession. He showed to all how much he loved to teach.
God bless you Dick, and we will all meet again at another time.
Tony and Joan Roy

Posted by Tony and Joan Roy - Goffstown, NH - Family   June 27, 2020

So sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you all. Big hugs.

Posted by Joyce Belanger Etheredge - Dunbarton, NH - Friend   June 27, 2020

Thoughts and prayers from the Sudak family. Much love to you all.

Posted by Michael Sudak - Goffstown, NH   June 26, 2020

Jay, Jodi, Anne, Jim, Mrs. (Paradis) Wood. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

Posted by Kathleen Burke Bemiss - Bedford, NH - Friend   June 26, 2020

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