John George Corry Wood
? - 1943
John George Corry Wood was born in London, England and came to Canada in 1890. On September 5, 1893 he married Ethel Jones in Toronto and then they moved out to Vancouver Island.
In 1912, Wood was voted in as a Member of the Legislative Assembly in the Alberni riding for the Conservative Party and served for one term. In September 1913, Wood joined a party of British and South African investors that included Rudolph Feilding (9th Earl of Denbigh), his daughter Lady Marjorie Feilding, Major Frank Johnson and his brother Harry who was a mining consultant out of Victoria at the time, Sir James Sivewright and Herbert Latilla, who had recently purchased the Ptarmigan Mine on Big Interior Mountain in Strathcona Provincial Park. The party took a motor-boat to the head of Great central Lake then hiked up the trail to Della Falls and then up to Della Lake and onto the mountain. After inspecting the mine site on the mountain's summit they descended to the Bear (Bedwell) River and hiked out to Bedwell Sound where a boat picked them up.
At the completion of his term as a MLA Wood left Victoria in 1915 with the First Canadian Pioneers and served with distinction until the end of activities in WW I. On his return he became involved with the Canadian Red Cross organization and held office in the Victoria and District Branch. For five years he was the provincial commissioner and became widely known throughout the province. He was also keenly interested and equally popular in the Canadian Legion and served for three years as president of the Saanich Branch and later as an officer of the Pro Patria Branch, being elected its presidency in 1941.
John George Corry Wood passed away on December 29, 1943, in Victoria's Royal Jubilee Hospital following a brief illness. Corry Wood and his wife had just a few months previous celebrated their golden wedding anniversary.
"British Capital in Island Mine." Daily Colonist. [Victoria, B.C.] (September 16, 1913) p. 14.
"Daring Exploits on Island Mountain." Daily Colonist. [Victoria, B.C.] (September 25, 1913) p. 11.
"Alberni Member Is Here For Session." Daily Colonist. [Victoria, B.C.] (January 13, 1914) p. 2.
"Widely Known Red Cross Worker Dies." Daily Colonist. [Victoria, B.C.] (December 29, 13, 1943) p. 11.
"Captain Corry Wood." Daily Colonist. [Victoria, B.C.] (December 30, 1943) p. 4.
"Tribute Paid Capt. J.G. Corry Wood." Daily Colonist. [Victoria, B.C.] (December 31, 1943) p.11.
Corry Wood Veteran MLA, Dies." Vancouver Daily Province. [Vancouver,
B.C.] (December 29, 1943) p. 9.