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January 8, 2021

Ex-legislator, pharmacist Jerry Wood dies at 83

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Jerry M. Wood of Warrenton, who died Friday, receives the Pharmacy Alumnus Service Award at Virginia Commonwealth University in April 2013.
I’ve never met anybody who did not like Jerry. He was always in a good mood. He was always positive. And, he’ll be sorely missed.
— Former Town Councilman Bob Kravetz
Jerry M. Wood
• Age: 83

• Home: Warrenton

• Work: Pharmacist in Fredericksburg, Culpeper and Warrenton, 1963-2005; owner/operator, Fauquier Pharmacy, Warrenton, 1972-92.

• Government: Appointed to Warrenton Town Council (Ward 1), 2014-16; elected to four-year term, 2016; retired from council, 2020; Virginia House of Delegates (31st District), 1991-93; served on the Virginia Board of Pharmacy and Virginia Board of Health Professions.

• Community: Boys & Girls Club of Fauquier, Literacy Volunteers of Fauquier, Mental Health Association of Fauquier, Fauquier/Warrenton Optimist Club, Warrenton Rotary Club, Fauquier Free Clinic, Fauquier County Democratic Committee, St. James’ Episcopal Church, Fauquier Cancer Society and others.

• Education: Medical College of Virginia School of Pharmacy, 1962; Salem High School.

• Family: Wife Coleen; six children, and 12 grandchildren.

• Hobbies: Golf, collecting political campaign memorabilia.
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Retired long-time pharmacist and former Warrenton Town Councilman Jerry M. Wood, 83, died Friday at the Novant Health UVA Prince William Medical Center in Manassas of complications from COVID-19.

In a Dec. 22 Facebook post, Mr. Wood’s wife Coleen updated his battle with the virus, condition and treatment, including antibiotics, and his brief hospital stay at that time.

“I’m doing fine, but Jerry not so much,” Mrs. Wood stated.

In a Friday morning Facebook message, she wrote of her husband: “We are losing him and my heart is broken.”

Mr. Wood owned and operated the Fauquier Pharmacy on Warrenton’s Main Street from 1972 until 1992, when he sold the business to Rite Aid, and retired 13 years later.

A loyal, behind-the-scenes Democrat, Mr. Wood in 1991 sought and won a two-year term in the Virginia House of Delegates, representing the 31st District. With 57 percent of the district vote, Republican Jay Katzen of Markham two years later spoiled Mr. Wood’s re-election bid.

In August 2014, Mr. Wood joined the Warrenton Town Council. Voting 6-0, the council appointed him to fill the Ward 1 seat. He succeeded Powell Duggan, who resigned the previous month to begin a four-year term as mayor.

After six years on the council, Mr. Wood chose not to seek election in 2020.

> Town of Warrenton statement at bottom of story

Former town councilman Bob Kravetz and Mr. Wood served together on the town council from 2014 until 2020, when both retired from the seven-member panel.

Mr. Wood’s vast knowledge of Warrenton and experience as state legislator proved “invaluable” to the council, said Mr. Kravetz, 76.

“Not only did I know Jerry as a colleague on the town council, I considered us good, close friends,” the former Ward 4 representative said. “We talked often. Jerry had a remarkable sense of humor. He always would come up with a joke for the situation.”

Mr. Wood never passed up a chance to mention his two-year term in the General Assembly, Mr. Kravetz recalled.

“There was a running joke among council members that Jerry would always preface any statement he would make at a public meeting with, ‘When I served in the legislature’,” Mr. Kravetz said. “And we would all kind of laugh, as if we didn’t already know that.”

He described Mr. Wood as a gentleman, respectful of all and unfailingly upbeat.

“I’ve never met anybody who did not like Jerry,” Mr. Kravetz said. “He was always in a good mood. He was always positive. And, he’ll be sorely missed.”

Charles “Buddy” Curtis of Warrenton knew Mr. Wood for more than 30 years.

Together, they helped found the Boys & Girls Club of Fauquier in 1997.

“When Jerry saw something that was needed, he made sure it was taken care of,” said Mr. Curtis, 79, a retired mail carrier. “He saw that the Boys & Girls Club was needed, and he worked tirelessly on it.”

Decades ago, Mr. Wood also played a key role in establishing through the Optimist Club, a countywide youth basketball league that no longer exists.

“He was concerned about the community, primarily the kids,” Mr. Curtis added.

Mr. Wood in 2013 received the Pharmacy Alumnus Service Award at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond.

The affable Mr. Wood, who built an extensive collection of political campaign memorabilia, played a significant role in arranging President-elect Bill Clinton’s stop in Warrenton in January 1993 on the way from Monticello to Washington, D.C., for the inauguration.

Contact Don Del Rosso at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or 540-270-0300.

Town of Warrenton mourns the passing of former Councilman Jerry Wood

It is with great sadness we have learned that our dear friend and community leader, Jerry Wood, passed away today.

A long time Warrenton resident and Navy Veteran, Mr. Wood always had a smile, a quick wit, and a caring manner for all he met. Often referred to as the chaplain of the Council members, Mr. Wood served six and a half years on Town Council from August of 2014 to June of 2020. His steadfast commitment to public service resulted in Mr. Wood always being available to address the concerns of the Ward 1 residents. Prior to this, Mr. Wood served in the Virginia House of Delegates from 1991-1993.

Well known to the community through his twenty-year ownership of the Fauquier Pharmacy on Main Street, Mr. Wood tirelessly advocated for community non-profits. He served on multiple committees and community organizations ranging from mental health, the environment, transportation, and public safety. Instrumental in founding the Boys and Girls Club of Fauquier, he was the definition of a servant leader throughout his life. Mr. Wood served as the Town of Warrenton’s liaison to the Rappahannock- Rapidan Regional Commission, most recently serving as the Commission’s Treasurer.

Warrenton is a better place because of Jerry Wood. The Town Council will honor this faithful public servant who was devoted to the welfare of others at their next meeting. A memorial table is set up at the Visitors Center at 21 Main Street. Anyone wishing to pay their respects or leave a note for the family may do so. Mr. Wood will be forever remembered and greatly missed by all. Our heartfelt prayers go out to his wife, Coleen, and his entire family.
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Rover 530 · January 10, 2021 at 1:47 pm
Jerry's death is a crushing blow. He was a Virginia gentleman with a passionate dedication to our community and the Commonwealth. He was a trusted pharmacist and valued business owner for many years. Jerry had good humor at all times and I don't think he had a mean moment in his entire life. I will miss him terribly.
badelectronics · January 9, 2021 at 9:08 pm
Godspeed sir.
Jayhawk · January 8, 2021 at 8:36 pm
Jerry Wood was a gentleman, and his death leaves the world and Fauquier County poorer and sadder places. What a lovely, kind, intelligent man! All the best be his, and condolences to his family.
Chris Butler · January 8, 2021 at 8:24 pm
Jerry was a fine man and friend. He served his community well! He was never without a good joke and a laugh! Jerry never let me forget how terrible my golf game was! Sending prayers of comfort to Coleen and family.
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