Wednesday, May 26, 2010

More on Chic, or Lester Wood, by Brandy Kapp

Pat Kinsella Herdeg writes:

Kathryn Wood Barron wrote about her brother Chic’s death back in February --see the posting on February 9th, 2010 for the full blog story.

The Cousins site recently got a comment on that story that I felt would be buried both by the time that had passed, and the stories that ran after--so I am putting it front and center—here!—for all to see.

To catch everyone up, Kathryn had this to say in her comments after her story:
“When Beth and I were visiting him that day (the day Chic died) in the hospital, he was out of it. I told Josh that since Chic was like that, I could tell all the dirt about what he did in our childhood. Chic's belly jiggled like a belly laugh. Josh had been on the road a lot and that day was the only time we were both there. I think Chic waited for that.

Josh is Chic's son, for those of you who do not know this. Josh is the one who is handling everything. He is a young guy but is doing quite well really. Chic would be proud of him.

Well, today I went to the get together in Mercer for Chic. There were lots of pictures of his life around. There was food and music (country, of course) and people who knew my brother. He was even there. At least, his ashes were. He would have loved it. Josh and Brandy did real well.”

This comment, as I said, is new, and from Brandy, fiancée to Josh:

“First of all...this is my first time being on this wonderful family website. Thanks to Aunt Kathryn who told me to visit ... I'll introduce myself.. I'm Brandy Kapp and I'm engaged to Joshua Wood!! I want to say "Thank you" to everyone.

The support we got for Lester Wood ( "I call him DAD" ). The Memorial services that we had went well and Josh and I want to Thank everyone who came and supported us!!

We had two services, the first one was in Mercer, PA near Chic’s Salvage Grocery store that he owned and operated for over 20 years. It was held in an Auction House where Chic would go and sell and buy things for his hobby.

Thank you to the wonderful friends and Family that attended that service. That's the way Chic would have wanted it!

The second service we held was in Center Lisle, NY, in the month of April. We took Chic (DAD) up to his home town back to the Center Lisle Church and had a beautiful service once again with all Family!! Then we took Chic (Dad) back to Port Crane and laid him to rest with his oldest son Richie.

We wanted to honor him with his wishes to the fullest. It's hard to overcome the hurt and pain of losing a loved one. But we always know that Chic's here around every one of us in Spirit!!

Joshua & Jonathon are Chic's youngest Twin boys. Chic waited for them to come together and hold his hand before his passing. It's hard to say Chic passed away holding hand in hand with his Twins the evening before their birthday. So now the boys have a reason to Celebrate their birthdays knowing that Chic their Father is no longer suffering and in a much better place.
I have to say that Chic was a Great Older Brother, Husband, Father, and Most of all a Wonderful GrandFather !!

Thank you ~ Joshua Wood and Family.”
Picture One is of Gladys and Lester


Pat said...


Thank you so much for writing in!!

Great to hear from you and Josh.

We all thought of you and Lester on the day the Memorial Service in Center Lisle was held, so it is good to hear about it.

Love to you,

Joshua, Brandy Wood Family said...

Thank you very much for allowing to post the blog on Lester (Dad) !! It means so much to us to have the support from Family and Friends !! I love the Family website and I'll be checking in reading everything often !! Thanks once again ... Brandy Kapp and Joshua Wood

CB said...

Center Lisle was central to Chic's early years and I am glad that you brought him there for a bit!! He was Gladys first and she loved him dearly!! Aunt CB

Joshua, Brandy Wood Family said...

Yes Gladys did love him dearly .... I feel the love she had for Chic as I read all the letters that were wrote . We have Chic's baby book and it has so much history to tell . We have Chic's life very well documented from his baby book, pictures, voice recordings and family home videos !! It's amazing how a big part of Chic still lives on with us .. Our daughter will always beable to still know hier grandfather with everything he has left behind for us .. Everytime we see a bird we say " Dads watching over us " !! ~ Brandy Kapp and Joshua Wood