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William Spaulding Wood, II of Mount Pleasant, South Carolina formerly of West Chester, Pennsylvania died, Wednesday, October 10, 2018. He was the loving husband of Hope Middleton Wood. Born in 1939 in West Chester, Pennsylvania to the late Harold Kenneth Wood and Kathryn Eyre Smith Wood. The family moved to Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania where he grew up on Westover Farm. He graduated Cum Laude from St. Andrews School, Middletown, Delaware and Colgate University as a history major. He then spent two years in the Naval Air Corps.
He joined the Harry F. Taylor Company in 1965 where he spent his career in Real Estate eventually purchasing the Company and renaming it the William Wood Company. He specialized in appraising the value of conservation easements and partial interests, retiring in 2015. He was a member emeritus of the National Association of Realtors, a senior member of the National Association of Independent Fee Appraisers and served as President of the Southeastern Appraisal Chapter.
He was very involved in his community serving as Chairman of the Board of Directors of Citizens of Better Housing, an organization that constructed or renovated low cost housing in West Chester. Since 1970, he served as Acting Chairman of the Board of Directors of the not for profit Historic Oaklands Cemetery. From 1978 to 2013, he served on the Board of Directors of the Chester County Hospital, much of the time as Vice Chairman. From 1998 to 2002, he served on the Board of Directors of the Chester County Bar Foundation. He also served on the Board of Directors of The Bank of Chester County.
Bill was a life long member of the Church of the Holy Trinity, where he served as Vestry member, Accounting Warden, Chalicer and Lay Reader. He was a member of the West Chester Golf and Country Club and served on its board and a member of the West Chester Lions Club serving as President in 1978 and receiving the Melvin Douglas Award. Other memberships included the Brandywine Valley Association, Chester County Historical Society, Kennett Symphony of Chester County, the Brandywine Conservancy and the Pennsylvania Society of Sons of the Revolution. He was active politically serving as Republican Committeeman for East Bradford Township for 20 years, and as a member of the Five on Five Republican Reform Committee.
He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Hope Middleton Wood and their daughter, Hope Haviland Wood, their son, William Spaulding Wood, III, his wife Nancy and four grandchildren, William Spaulding Wood, IV, Michael Middleton Wood, Vivian Bernadette Wood and Margot Josephine Wood. He was predeceased by his brother Harold K. Wood, Jr. and is survived by his brother Lawrence E. Wood and his sister, Martha Wood Wilson.
The funeral service will be held at the Church of the Holy Trinity, 212 S. High St. West Chester, PA 19382 on Saturday, October 20, 2018 at 11:00am.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to The Oaklands Cemetery c/o William Wood Company, 120 W Market St. West Chester, PA 19382-2928.