Mar 3 2018
Paul Garey Wood “Papa”, was born 03/27/1944 in Macon, GA., and passed away Thursday March 1, 2018, He is preceded in death by his mother Garnita Rose Wood and Father Clovis Augustus Wood. Survivors include his wife Barbara Jean Haddock Wood; daughter, Angela C. Wood and son Jason P. Wood; 6 grandchildren, Malaya Harmony Cabal, Victoria Angelica Mercado, Grace Angellyssa Mercado, Victor Matthew-Noah (Matt) Mercado, Colton Jonah Hoskins, and baby Cody Kalel Hoskins.; brother Clovis Wood Jr,; Garey loved the river, loved boating, fishing and living the open sea life as a self-proclaimed Captain following in his own father’s footsteps. Garey graduated from FSU with a bachelor’s degree and retired as an electrician at Rayonier paper mill in Fernandina Beach. He was a gentle good hearted man who loved children and animals and was filled with nothing but generosity and patience with them. He helped everybody that knew him. He was extremely intelligent way beyond his time in his younger years. He loved his children more than anything and always put them first before himself. He lived his whole life for his family and was a very dedicated father. He helped coach little league baseball, and teaching any knowledge and skills he could to his children. He was involved with his oldest grandson and boy scouts. He would drive all the way from Jacksonville to Yulee and then later to Georgia to go to boy scouts with his oldest grandson. He was there for his oldest granddaughter through high school and by her side every step of the way as a high school color guard and winter guard, going to all the football games she performed at even in the freezing cold. He would offer his jacket to his younger grandkids in the cold and try to give up his own seat even though he had a hip sugery. He later put his oldest granddaughter through local college. He loved the sea but often dreamed of another life he desired to have in the mountains with his wife and kids one day if he ever grew too old to sail the seas and retire his old age into a quiet peaceful life. He was so smart with many talents and skills. He could fix all most anything when he was younger and in his free time liked to work on boats and rebuild and also liked reading and studying history. He also briefly worked at Disney World in Orlando before becoming a full time mill worker at Rayonier during which he helped Disney by building the small world ride and the tomorrow land train where he often took his children back to visit for many years after wards while he was working at Rayonier to have a job close “by” “ and next door” to his own parents which he also loved dearly. He was one of a kind and the type of man and father that is a rare blessing to ever come across once in a life time in this world. I don’t think anyone could ever fill his shoes. Being his daughter was a true honor and blessing that I can’t even begin to describe and put all into words. His 3 year old grandson Colton had already grown so attached to him. I think Colton would of loved him most of all out of all his grandchildren and been the one most likely to take after him in attempt to follow in his footsteps. Papa leaving us at this time I don’t feel like he was finished yet and will be devastating to Colton not being able to grow up studying and learning from his papa that he loved most in the world next to his parents. Papa was one of his first words after dada and then mama. Colton stayed up all night asking for his papa the night before he passed away which sadly we do not know how to explain to him. As Colton would of grown older I feel he would of just grew in more awe his “Captain Papa” and will forever miss out all the things he should of been able to enjoy learning from the funny, sweet, patient, gentle history studying, Electrical genius, old self-proclaimed sea captain and little league coach, but most of all best papa in the world. Funeral services will be held on Wednesday March 7, at 1pm in the chapel of Cedar Bay Funeral Home, 405 New Berlin Road, Jacksonville. The family will receive friends on Tuesday evening at the funeral home from 6pm until 8pm.