We regretfully announce the passing of Anthony “Tony” Hugh Wood, 58, of Chesapeake, Virginia. Tony passed away on April 22, 2022.
As a teenager Tony was an avid skateboarder and rode for team Powerflex out of California. Tony spent an especially formative summer (late 1970’s) in San Diego with his Uncle Barney Wood and Aunt Rosemary Wood. Rosemary spent many hours shuttling Tony between all the prominent skateparks of the day. Tony also loved riding dirt bikes and spent many hours riding with his Uncle David Wood and Aunt Julia Wood. He spent many off season weekends in Kitty Hawk at “The Cottage”, a vacation home owned by his paternal grandparents. Many other weekends were spent in Grafton, VA at the home of his maternal grandparents, the Merediths.
After graduating from Princess Anne High School in 1981, where he had trained in mechanical drafting, Tony began a career in the commercial aluminum and glass industry. In 1996, Tony started a business, with friend and coworker Bill Pilcher, called Accurate Drafting, Incorporated (ADI). ADI is still in business providing computer generated shop drawings and engineering to the commercial aluminum and glass industry. Together Tony and Bill built a thriving business with employees. Tony retired in March 2021 due to a diagnosis of pancreatic cancer. Bill is carrying on as the sole owner of ADI. Tony was especially grateful for the solid friendship and working relationship with Bill.
Tony and Darol Flahart met and started dating in 2010 and were married in Chincoteague, VA in 2016. They spent a dream honeymoon in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, Canada, a location that interested both of them. Tony and Darol spent their days traveling, bird watching, enjoying their dog, their home in Great Bridge and family and friends. Tony especially enjoyed the company of the Flahart family including Rob and Laura and their children Nigel, Leslie and Melody and their families. This was a second marriage for both Tony and Darol who had no children. They valued the freedom to enjoy their solid and happy marriage. Tony built a wooden kayak in 2003 and enjoyed paddling creeks, rivers and lakes in the Hampton Roads area. Tony took Darol on a paddle while dating. Even though Darol had paddled canoes before, she found being the captain of her own vessel was much more fun. The two went on many paddles and found Blackwater Creek in Va. Beach to be their favorite.
Tony was a guitar player since childhood and co-founder of the band Distant Towers with Tom McCaffrey. Distant Towers has released 7 CDs. Tony loved guitar playing and also released music under the name The Lindale Project. Recently Tony had been working with his nephew Josh Bleeks on music under the name The Dead Teddys. Tony enjoyed bird watching with his wife, Darol, and was very active in the Cape Henry Audubon Society and local birding community. Tony was an avid crossword puzzle solver and also enjoyed doing jigsaw puzzles with his mother, Janice. In 2019 Tony tried his hand at watercolor painting and found out he enjoyed it along with pen and colored pencil sketching.
Tony is survived by wife Darol Wood, mother Janice Wood, sister Lisa Bradley, brother-in-law Dave Bradley, nephew Jake Anthony Bradley and rescue dog, Kenda Wood. Tony is predeceased by father Hugh Wood, maternal and paternal grandparents, uncles Ralph Meredith and Jim Wood, and rescue dog Chantz.
The family will be celebrating Tony’s life on Friday, May 13, 2022 at 11:00 at Altmeyer Funeral Home, Chesapeake with celebrant Keith Worrell officiating. A reception will immediately follow.
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