Arthur Wood

Obituary of Arthur Spangler Wood



Arthur, the only child of Virginia Marie Spangler and Reginald Devolson Wood, died July 14, 2021.  A graduate of George School and Haverford College in Pennsylvania, he built careers in research and advocacy, university administration, and public policy consulting. Arthur was a complex man: intensely private while indiscriminately public and vocal; a medieval scholar and a farmer, revelling in the 46 years on the land in Tyendinaga Township; former chair of the AIDS Committee of Toronto, board member of numerous charities and political associations; a teller of stories (again and again); a lover of dogs; and the loquacious host of hundreds of dinner parties at his beloved home in The Beach. 


The last few years have not been easy, or kind, and he did not meet them gently, but his passing was gentle in the night.  He is survived by his spouse of 33 years, the Reverend Alan Hall, cousins in the United States and Alan’s family in Canada and Australia.  On behalf of Arthur, Alan wants to express gratitude for the exemplary care of his PSW, Miguel, these last two and a half years.  We could not have navigated these times without him. 


If you wish to remember Arthur with a donation please do so to a wildlife charity of your choice or The ArQuives, Canada’s LGBTQ2+ Archives.  Interment will be at The Necropolis Cemetery, Toronto, and the family burial plot in Pennsylvania.  Condolences may be forwarded through


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