FULTON, NY – Jacob R. Wood, 35, of Syracuse, passed away Friday August 24, 2012, after a long illness.
He was born February 18, 1977, in Oswego, the son of Joanne T. (Elhage) Weldin and Richard L. Wood.
Jacob graduated from G. Ray Bodley High School in Fulton, class of 1995, where he was a member of the drama club, a contributor to the “Bodley Bulletin” and a student correspondent for The Valley News.
He was currently enrolled in Everest University working on his master’s degree in business administration.
Jacob was a Prevention Health Advocate with AIDS Community Resources (ACR) in Syracuse.
While at ACR, he worked specifically with the Safety First Health Outreach Project and was recognized for his contributions several times since 2006.
He received an associate’s degree in restaurant and hotel management in 2007 and a bachelor’s degree in business administration in 2010 from Bryant & Stratton College.
Aside from his love of volunteering and helping others, Jacob had a passion for music.
When he was not singing a beautiful song or learning to play a new instrument, he was writing.
Not only did he write music, he wrote poetry and short stories.
His love of the performing arts also could be seen on the stage.
Jacob was a member of the Fulton Community Theater and enjoyed being on stage and entertaining others.
He was in productions such as “Fiddler on the Roof” and took part in dinner theater.
Jacob is survived by his parents, Joanne T. (Elhage) and Marvin J. Weldin of Fulton and Richard L. Wood of Oswego; his sisters, Rebecca L. Wood (Mara), Rene L. Wood, Denise E. Hartmann and Andrea J. Weldin; his half-brothers, Clifford and Daniel Wood; step-brother, Ed Weldin; maternal grandparents, Shirley and John Waloven; his cat, Remus Maximus Wood; and several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.
Calling hours will be from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday at Foster Funeral Home, 910 Fay St., Fulton with services at noon to immediately follow.
The family requests that those attending the service bring nonperishable food items to be donated to ACR on Jacob’s behalf.