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Tony Gray, talks about long-time garrison employee John Wood during a memorial service Monday at Yongsan Garrison. Gray was a longtime friend of Wood, who directed the garrison’s music and theater program since 1998 until he died from a sudden illness and subsequent heart failure July 23.

Tony Gray, talks about long-time garrison employee John Wood during a memorial service Monday at Yongsan Garrison. Gray was a longtime friend of Wood, who directed the garrison’s music and theater program since 1998 until he died from a sudden illness and subsequent heart failure July 23. (Jimmy Norris / S&S)

Tony Gray, talks about long-time garrison employee John Wood during a memorial service Monday at Yongsan Garrison. Gray was a longtime friend of Wood, who directed the garrison’s music and theater program since 1998 until he died from a sudden illness and subsequent heart failure July 23.

Tony Gray, talks about long-time garrison employee John Wood during a memorial service Monday at Yongsan Garrison. Gray was a longtime friend of Wood, who directed the garrison’s music and theater program since 1998 until he died from a sudden illness and subsequent heart failure July 23. (Jimmy Norris / S&S)

U.S. Army Garrison Yongsan commander Col. Dave Hall reads John Wood’s obituary during a memorial service Monday at Yongsan Garrison.

U.S. Army Garrison Yongsan commander Col. Dave Hall reads John Wood’s obituary during a memorial service Monday at Yongsan Garrison. (Jimmy Norris / S&S)

YONGSAN GARRISON, South Korea — Members of the Yongsan community gathered at the Memorial Chapel on Monday to mourn the death of a longtime garrison employee.

John Wood, director of the garrison’s music and theater program, died July 23 after suffering heart failure at Samsung Hospital, according to U.S. Army Garrison Yongsan commander Col. David Hall.

"John absolutely loved the theater," said Hall after reading Wood’s obituary. "I truly believe he was living his dream."

Also speaking at the service was Wood’s longtime friend Tony Gray.

Gray described Wood as a selfless individual whose life "gave meaning, encouragement and hope to many."

He went on to say that during one of their last conversations, Wood had expressed fears over the future of community theater in the military.

"Tony, I think community theater in the military is dying," Gray quoted. "What happens when I leave?"

Wood managed the Yongsan theater program since 1998. He is survived by two aunts and three cousins.


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