In loving memory of
Joseph Jerry Wood
September 22, 1942.
July 1st 2016 at the Grace Hospital at the age of 73 years.
Sunday, July 3rd, 2016 6:00PM
Kateri Tekakwitha Parish
548 Home Street
Monday and Tuesday July 4th and 5th, 2016
George Knott School
Wednesday, July 6th, 2016 at 1:00PM
Saint Marguerite d’YouvilleRoman Catholic Church
Father Victor Ferdinand
St. Johns 14 1-6
“14 Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me.
2 In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you.
3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.
4 And whither I go ye know, and the way ye know.
5 Thomas saith unto him, Lord, we know not whither thou goest; and how can we know the way?
6 Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me”
Theres mama, putting flowers on her dad’s grave. We knew his time was coming to an end because after we took him to grace hospital emergency in winnipeg, we were told he wasn’t going to make it.
On the 28th of june, mama, nookim and noomsoom flew out to winnipeg for noomsooms medical appointments which was dated june 29. My brother and I drove to the airport to go get them. My mom was worried because noomsooms well being was a little off. They had said that hes been asleep for a few days and hasnt really eaten or drank anything within that week. When they wheeled him out of the airport, i saw noomsoom in his wheel chair, his eyes were closed. Mama said “thats all hes been doing…”. My brother ken and I had to carry him into the vehicle because noomsoom was unable to do anything for himself. Finally, we were at the hotel room. mama and i drove to walmart to get a few things to eat and buy some hygiene products for them. It was just about 2 hours after they landed. We got back to the hotel room, nookim said “im scared for him. Hes usually not like this. noomsoom said he wants to go to the e.r because hes not feeling well” sure enough we drove him to the e.r. At the grace hospital. We went at 9 in the evening. We also didnt wait that long for him to get a room. We sat around and waited for his results from an xray, blood work, ultra sound, and other techy stuff. They found out that he had pneumonia and that it was worsening and whiteblood cells were growing. Mama and I went back to the hotel room for a quick snooze because we were really tired. Nookim didnt want to leave. But that night while noomsoom was laying at the emergency room, he kept talking about the bible, the word of god. “Its true what the bible says. Do not be afraid. Believe and have faith….” He also mentioned that his mother was there to pick him up. he also said that he kept seeing 2 of his desceased kids (my late aunt sandra, and my late uncle kevin). He said alot of things….one of them were “ask for forgiveness, and he will forgive you”.
on the 29th, i didnt go back to the hospital because I had to attend an appointment with my case worker. I didnt arrive until later that afternoon. When I walked into the room on the 5th floor, he was laying on the bed. I was in deep shock. noomsoom looked different! His skin color changed and looked very pale. Nookim then told me that he wasn’t going to make it. I couldnt help myself but cry. It was hard. His breathing was also abnormal. We just sat around him and spend as much time with him. It was the same on the 30th. We just spent time with him…as much as we could.
On the 1st of July, we received a phone call. I checked the caller ID but didn’t recognize the number. “Hello, is this Cynthia???” I said “hold on”. I knew right away it was from the hospital. My mother burst out crying…..nookim jumped out from the bed and kept saying “what what??? What???? What!!!!!!” We were told noomsoom passed away at 7:25am. It was heartbreaking. nookim wasnt in her right state of mind. I saw her grab a bunch of junk and stuffed it in her purse. I just got up, got ready as quick as i can and we left.
it was heartbreaking seeing noomsoom At the hospital bed. He was at peace. The nurses told us that he died peacefully too.
we knew his time was coming, we just didnt know when. its still hard for my mom because she lost her dad. Its still hard for me too. Everytime they flew out to the city, i would stay with them because i knew nookim and my mom couldnt lift him up. I was always driving him around in his wheel chair Too. Im glad I was always there.
But i guess i should leave it at that. My grandpa….will be missed. But never forgotten.