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Obituary: Albert Moyer Wood

Albert Moyer Wood, a longtime resident of Port Washington where he was the eldest of an extensive family of artists and designers, died Jan. 8, 2010 in Kennett Square, PA. He was 96.

Known as Moyer, Mr. Wood came east with his four brothers and two sisters from Kingsville, Ontario in 1930, as his parents, Albert and Louis Wood, looked for a new start in the Great Depression. They settled in Port Washington where they soon converted a family woodworking hobby into a business. Albert Wood & Five Sons (Moyer, Gardner, Bertram, Francis and Paul) began refurbishing used furniture and designing and producing fine custom furniture. Following WWII, the firm increasingly turned to church and synagogue interior design. Working from studios on Pleasant Avenue, Moyer and brothers Gardner and Paul created sanctuary interiors furnished with custom-made sculpture, stained glass and tapestry for churches and synagogues from New York to Alabama and Texas. The firm was dissolved in 1991 with Moyer’s retirement.

Moyer was married in 1938 to Elizabeth Smedley, a children’s librarian at the Port Washington Public Library, and they built their house together on Leeds Drive. Betty Wood preceded him in death in 2008.

Moyer loved sailing on Manhasset Bay and ice skating on Leeds Pond. He was an avid tennis player and regularly organized multi-generational family tennis tournaments.

He is survived by his sister, Penelope; a daughter, Anne Kendall of Bristol, RI; three sons, Timothy Wood of Dayton, OH; David Wood of Kensington, MD, and Douglas Wood of Port Washington; 10 grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held March 6 at Kendal-at-Longwood, a Quaker retirement community in Kennett Square, PA. Memorial donations may be made to the American Friends Service Committee, Philadelphia, PA.