Osprey City is in shock as word spreads of the death of one of its most influential and favorite sons, Harold Wood. Wood, 68, was CEO of Wood Industries, one of the region’s largest employers and one of the few remaining shipyards in New England. The industrialist was found in his penthouse apartment early this morning.
Police arriving on the scene closed the area off and investigated the apartment extensively. “Given the circumstances in which we found Mr. Wood, we are currently treating the death as suspicious,” commented Lt. Phil Harding of the Osprey City Police Department. “We have one of our best men tasked to the investigation. As soon as we have something we can share, we will release it in the appropriate manner, after due consultation with the deceased’s next of kin.” The apartment remains closed to the public while the investigation is ongoing.
Shortly after Mr. Wood’s death was announced, his son, Adam Wood, spoke to the press. “We are deeply saddened by my father’s death. He was a true son of Osprey, and loved this city with all his heart,” remarked Adam Wood. “More importantly, he was a loving father and doting grandfather, which is how I think he would prefer to be remembered. We ask for privacy in this time of mourning.” Details regarding Harold Wood’s burial have yet to be made public, and his body is still in the custody of the county medical examiner.
Harold Wood took over Wood Industries from his father, Conrad, who saw the company through the Second World War until his death in 1978. Stockholders were unsure of Harold’s ability to take leadership seriously, citing his past as an anti-Vietnam War protester and arrest at the Columbia University protests in 1968. At 32, Harold was one of the youngest CEOs in America, but his acumen far surpassed his experience, and he was able to navigate the family company through the turbulent 1980s by embracing the nascent high-tech sector and incorporating it into Wood Industries shipbuilding practices. He also built a reputation for philanthropy, often donating large portions of his salary to schools, museums, and multiple charitable foundations, including his own Harold Wood Foundation for Veterans of the Vietnam War. Upon its founding in 1980, Wood said that “[his] father called in favors to keep me out of the draft – favors I never asked for and regret to this day. I worked to bring our soldiers home, and now this foundation will work to provide the care those soldiers need and deserve.” The foundation, since renamed the Wood Foundation for Veterans, now helps veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Harold Wood leaves behind a son, Adam, three grandchildren, and an enormous legacy.
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