John M. J.   Wood
Died: May 25, 2014
John M.J. Wood of Hackettstown, N.J.,  died Sunday May 25, 2014 at his home surrounded by his family. He was 84.  Born May 8, 1930 in Plainfield, N.J., John was the son of the late Joseph & Angelina Madonna Wood. Raised in Plainfield, N.J., John moved to the Hackettstown area in 1964 where he raised his family.

Mr. Wood worked for the Chester Twp., N.J.  Board of Education as a Physical Education Instructor retiring in 1987.  He proudly served our country in the United States Air Force from 1948 to 1952 during the Korean Conflict. John was an outstanding football player for Plainfield High School and while in the Air Force played on an Air Force all star football team. He was a graduate of Western Illinois University and received his Masters degree at East Stroudsburg University. While working in the Chester  School System, John  served as president of the Teachers Association, Chester, N.J..  In addition to his professional career,  John renovated and lived in over 14 houses with his family in Hackettstown. John could often be seen driving around the area, often while on his leisurely Sunday drives to and from the Mt. Bethel, PA diner.

He is survived by four sons, Michael Wood and his wife Kathy of Tranquility, N.J., Joseph Wood and his wife Karen of Livingston, N.J., George Wood of Hackettstown, N.J. & Anthony Wood and his wife Mary of Independence Twp., N.J..  He is survived by one brother Joseph and predeceased by 3 siblings, Anthony & Neil Wood and sister Marie Toscano. Lastly, John is survived by four loving grandchildren; Jordan, Trevor, Connor and Amy.

Visitation will take place on Sunday, 6-1-14 from 2 - 5 pm at the Cochran Funeral Home, 905 High Street, Hackettstown, N.J., 07840. Memorial Services will begin at 5:00pm after the visitation. In addition to sending flowers, friends may wish to consider giving to the Compassionate Care Hospice Foundation, 350 Sparta Ave., Building B, Suite 2, Sparta, N.J., 07871.  Private graveside services will take place at the convenience of the family. Online condolences may be given to the family at


Don and Barbara Markmann
June 6th, 2014 8:33 am
John was a great teacher and friend. We always had a good time and lots of laughs in the Chester Twp. School District. Your fellow teacher and principal. Don Markmann God bless you. Rest in peace.
Chick Dimiceli
June 2nd, 2014 11:06 am
Just heard of the passing of John.I feel very sad for you guys.I had more laughs with your dad.I would look forward to his daily visits. we use to make a joke about almost anything.I enjoyed him. I am sorry never forget him. CHICK
May 30th, 2014 10:57 am
I am so saddened to hear of your loss. While I worked at the McDonalds in Hackettstown John would come and see me everyday. It was so nice to look up and see his smiling face. He was always interested in me and my family and I truly considered him my friend. He would often talk to me about his family and how proud he was of all of you and how much he loved you. I am sure many people in the Hackettstown area have the exact same happy memories of him that I have of him. He will be remembered. My thoughts and prayers go out to you.
P.J., Sharon, and the Cullinane family
May 28th, 2014 9:03 pm
My brother Joe, and the Wood family. I hope you know how much it kills me not to be there to personally offer my love and support to you all. So many incredible memories of great times together, and what a great person your father always was. He always made me feel so welcome, always had a smile for me. He is greatly missed I know, however I take great comfort in knowing he is in a much better place now. No pain, and happiness and peace we can even imagine! God Bless your Dad, and God Bless his wonderful family, his legacy. Much Love to you all! P.J. and Sharon
Paul & Robin Wallace Delray Beach, Florida
May 28th, 2014 11:16 am
To Michael & the whole family My Wife Robin & I are very saddened to hear of your Dad's passing. Mr. Wood was one of the best friends I had while I served on Town Council, and someone who's advice I often sought. Your Dad had a influence on the Town that will be missed. May God grant you all comfort in this time of mourning. Paul & Robin Wallace
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