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Scott Wood Memorial

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Raised by 261 people in 2 months
Created April 23, 2018
The Northern California Rugby Football Union Referees Society family and the entire rugby community are devastated by the loss of one of our own, Scott Wood, who passed away shortly after he refereed a high school playoff match hosted by the Elsie Allen Lobo Rugby club in Santa Rosa.  Shortly after the match it is believed that Scott experienced a heart attack in his car while driving home.  Scott was stopped at a street signal when the episode occurred.    Ironically it was a former high school rugby player who happened to be behind Scott when the incident occurred, pulled Scott out of the car and tried to revive him by performing CPR. Unfortunately he nor the EMTs were successful in their attempts to revive him.
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Woody was passionate about rugby and devoted his adulthood to promoting the game by refereeing, educating aspiring referees and leading the Pelicans as a NCRRS board member.  Scott's ability to educate and inspire others to fall in love with our game will be his legacy.  The only thing that Scott loved more than rugby was his wife Danielle and his 7 year old daughter Gemma. 
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We, the rugby family, have been entrusted by Scott to ensure that Gemma grows up knowing what an incredibly selfless, honorable and giving man her father was.  To that end NCRRS is asking the rugby community and all of Scott's friends to support this go fund me initiative to raise funds for Gemma's college fund.  NCRRS feels that Scott would appreciate knowing that his rugby family  and friends stepped up to support his daughter in the same way he so selflessly stepped up to support the rugby community for so many years.
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I wanted to provide one last update related to the Go Fund Me account to raise funds for Gemma and her college fund. While no amount of money can replace a father's absence, Gemma will grow up knowing the love that others had for Scott through your efforts during this time. More than two hundred people contributed to Gemma's college fund and raised $36,000.00 in just under 8 days. Thanks to your efforts to share the Go Fund Me account more than 600 times through social media, Scott's desire to educate his only daughter is possible through your donations. Thanks to your gifts Danielle has one less thing to be concerned with.

Yesterday Danielle received access to the funds and is in the process of setting up an account to invest the money. Given the state of the economy and the fact that Gemma has 10 years before college, its likely that the money you gifted will more than double before Gemma accesses the funds for college. Please continue to support this initiative as it will be active for a few more days and some friends of Scott may still desire to participate.

On May 1st we laid to rest our brother Scott Wood. The services were a fitting tribute. I've included some pictures of the grave site and the eulogy prepared for Scott by Dr. Bruce Carter. On a personal note I want to thank the rugby community and Scott's friends for coming together to support Our Scott Wood. It's truly been my privilege and honor to support Danielle, Gemma and Scott.

Paul Bretz
NCRRS President

Memento Mori: Scott Wood

We were, fair queen,

Two lads that thought there was no more behind

But such a day tomorrow as today,

And to be boy eternal.



“The Winter’s Tale”, 1.2.79-82

William Shakespeare



When one of our better friends dies young the effects are multiplied. He is gone, his family’s lives shattered and cast adrift, and our own mortality thrust unwillingly into the foreground. We do not know the right things to say. Our usual sense of having some control over our own lives is shaken.



Roman Emperor Marcus Aurelius wrote, “You could leave life right now. Let that determine what you do and say and think.”



What I propose to do, and say, and think, is to reminisce about my friendship with Scott Wood, a friendship doubly rooted in rugby and refereeing but blossoming far afield.



Scott was a half-generation younger than me, with a trace of the baby fat still about him, and consequently will always be a youth to me. In turn, our adventures together pursuing the oddly-bouncing ball from England to Edmonton to Oahu and points in between seem to me a part of my own youth, especially as I have since matured into quiescence if not incipient senility.



Shakespeare’s King Polixenes of Bohemia, grown into the cares of serious adulthood and quoted above in The Winter’s Tale, recalls his youth with his best friend and the sense that it would go on forever. (‘Behind’, by the way, carried at the time the connotation of ‘as a result’ or ‘yet to come’. People still use it this way in phrases like, “I did some time behind my addiction.”)



This youthful feeling went with Scott and me when we flew to rugby assignments, often rooming together, anticipating and then dissecting our games, celebrating the good life of friends and shared passions.



What times we had. We shared an Army background, and philosophies of life, and other interests major and minor. We introduced each other to music that took hold. The days of our youth are the days of our glory.



We were in Honolulu in October of 2008 to work a tournament, having been together on exchange in the East Midlands of England the month before. We both had jobs, but Scott at least had the excuse of not being married. That was about to change.



There in the hotel he borrowed my perhaps providentially pink Sony laptop, smart phones not having penetrated much into the market, to check e-Harmony. He announced that he had found an enticing prospect.



So next it was that he and Danielle asked me to officiate at their nuptials, set for November of 2009.



Chance may throw people together. Being thrown together repeatedly is not chance. In this light, how unlikely is it that I had long since made plans to fly to Maui for a medical conference the day after the event and found out that the happy couple would be on the same flight for their honeymoon?



To see Scott become a husband, and then the proud father of Gemma, was a joy. To share time around the pitches of the oval planet was a pleasure. To work with him on the board of the NCRRS was a privilege.



Those who have worn the uniform of life know that when we sign up for the good times, we also enlist for the lean season. That season is here.



Young Scott Wood refereed a high school playoff game April 21 2018. Mike Gadoua, there to announce the match, reports that our old friend was in good form and good spirits. Scott left this world on his way home.



That leaves the rest of us to pause, and to reflect, and to hope that we can leave behind more love than we take with us. In the long run, I trust that the happiness we derived from our associations with Scott will outweigh the immediate pain of loss, however long it may last.



Commit. Love. Serve. Care. Give. Pursue your passion. Be a friend. That’s the best way, unfortunately, to leave a void in many lives, but I am grateful that that’s the path Scott Wood chose.



- Pelicus Scriptoris
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Memorial services for Our Scott Wood:
Services will be held Tuesday May 1st at 10 am at The Cathedral of the Annunciation - 425 West Magnolia, Stockton, CA 95203

A reception will follow services at the Annunciation School gymnasium located next to the Cathedral.

Internment will follow at 2:30pm at Cherokee Memorial - 14165 N. Beckman Road, Lodi, CA 95241

Scott's widow and daughter have expressed their appreciation of all the outpouring of love and support from everyone. They invite all to join in celebrating R Scott Wood life and the imprint he has left on each of us.
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What better way is there to celebrate the life of an extraordinary man than to emulate his passions and life pursuits. This past weekend rugby matches around the United States paused to celebrate Our Scott Wood.
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The outpouring of support for Scott's family has been incredible. In the three days since we started the Go Fund Me account to support Gemma more than $20,000 dollars has been raised by over 120 selfless and caring individuals and groups. To those of that have contributed a heart-felt thank you. We ask that you continue to support this movement by forwarding the GoFundMe account details to friends, family and acquaintances.

This Saturday I've asked NCRRS officials to coordinate a moment of silence prior to the start of any rugby matches played so that as a group we can recognize Scott. I've also asked that referees pin a black ribbon to their NCRRS referee jersey patch that Scott so frequently wore as a token of our remembrance and memorialize the moment of silence by recording the event. Send those videos to me so that I can get them to the family. Send the videos to the following email address:
pelicanrefschairman@pelicanrefs,com.

Finally, I wanted to share the memorial details:
There will be a viewing Monday April 30th from 5-7pm at Casa Bonita Funeral Home - 2500 Cemetery Lane, Stockton, CA 95204

Services will be held Tuesday May 1st at 10 am at The Cathedral of the Annunciation - 425 West Magnolia, Stockton, CA 95203

A reception will follow services at the Annunciation School gymnasium located next to the Cathedral.

Internment will follow at 2:30pm at Cherokee Memorial - 14165 N. Beckman Road, Lodi, CA 95241

Scott's widow and daughter have expressed their appreciation of all the outpouring of love and support from everyone. They invite all to join in celebrating R Scott Wood life and the imprint he has left on each of us.
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