James Wood, 76, of the Town of Tonawanda, an engineer at WBEN AM and FM and WIVB-TV for many years, died unexpectedly Monday (Sept. 25, 2000) in Kenmore Mercy Hospital.
Born in the Town of Cuba, he was a graduate of Cuba High School and served as a radioman in the Marine Corps in the Pacific during World War II, attaining the rank of sergeant.
He worked in radio in Harrisburg, Pa., and Olean before joining WBEN in 1947. He helped put the FM radio station on the air and did many technical jobs, from editing film to climbing the antennas.
For a time, he was engineer for Clint Buehlman's popular morning show and was notable for resisting Buehlman's attempts to get him to say something on the air. Wood retired in 1990.
He was active in Local 25, National Association of Broadcast Employees and Technicians, at WBEN and in the NABET Credit Union. He also served on the board of directors of the Broadcast and Entertainment Workers Credit Union.
Active in the Democratic Party, he helped with local political campaigns and was host to fund-raising events for candidates.
He and Ellen Everson were married in 1956.
In addition to his wife, survivors include a son, Paul of Hilton; three daughters, Anne Marie and Susan Schake, both of the Town of Tonawanda, and Carol Foegen of Java; and 12 grandchildren.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 9:30 a.m. Saturday in Holy Spirit Catholic Church, 91 Dakota Ave., after prayers at 8:45 in Lester H. Wedekindt Funeral Home, 3290 Delaware Ave., Town of Tonawanda. Burial will be in White Chapel Memorial Park, Amherst.