Death of former Colne primary school teacher

SADLY MISSED: Victor Wood. (S)
SADLY MISSED: Victor Wood. (S)
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A man who has been involved in sport, amateur theatre, a choir and Methodism – as well as being a teacher for many years – has died.

Mr Victor Wood (67) played many key roles for organisations, but fell ill with cancer in March.

He was a teacher at Park Primary School, Colne, for 29 years, retring aged 50.

He was also involved in Temple Street Methodist Church. He became the chapel’s treasurer before transferring to Higherford Methodists and became treasurer there.

He was also a Colne cricketer from 1970 to 1983. After that he became a regular player at Marsden Park Golf Club. In 1997 he was its captain and served as the club’s treasurer.

And he was very much an actor. He regularly appeared in pantomimes which his chapel Temple Street ran. He also appeared with St John’s Operatic Society, Nelson, starring as Scrooge in Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol”.

And he was a coach for Pendle’s junior town football team in the 1980s.

Mr Wood and his wife Loreen had lived in Linkside Avenue, Nelson, but seven years ago moved to Laneshaw Bridge.

Mrs Wood explained that her husband was admitted to the Royal Blackburn Hospital and then transferred to Pendle Community Hospital, Nelson. And for his last two weeks he was looked after at Pendleside Hospice.

She added: “In the last two or three years, Victor was a member of the Colne Orpheus Glee Union.”

As well as his wife, shi other family members are his daughters Helen and Toria, sons-in-law Stephen and Paul and grandchildren Emily, Matthew and Jessica.

Mr Wood’s funeral took place at Skipton Crematorium and was followed by a thanksgiving service at the Methodist church in Higherford.