Donald A. Wood

obit-isl-woodflagBAR HARBOR – Donald A. Wood, 84, died Nov. 16, 2016, in Bucksport. He was born, Feb. 21, 1932, in Bar Harbor, the son of Foster James and Nettie May (White) Wood.

Don graduated from Bar Harbor High School and then served in the U.S. Air Force. He played with the Bangor Symphony in the 1950s and studied at the Northern Conservatory of Music in Bangor in 1960, where he earned his teaching degree. Don taught private music lessons and worked in the Maine school system as a junior high and high school music teacher and director of the choir, and concert, jazz and marching bands. He also worked as an Acadia National Park bus tour guide.

He was director of the Bar Harbor Town Band for over 40 years. The Bar Harbor Village Green Band Stand was dedicated with a plaque and stone in honor of his years of leadership and service to the community.

Donald enjoyed watching his grandchildren’s sports games and attending local basketball games with his wife, Helen, and a small group of close friends. He also loved taking a drive each night with Helen searching for deer on the Island.

Don is survived by two sons, James D. Wood and wife, Jean, of Exeter, N.H., and Michael A. Wood and wife, Iris, of Bucksport; daughter Donna W. Wright and husband, Jeff, of Lexington, S.C.; 13 grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren, son-in-law Paul Cavanaugh of Calais. Donald was predeceased by his beloved wife, Helen, daughter Diane Cavanaugh and seven brothers and sisters.

A memorial service was held Saturday, Nov. 19, 2016, at the First Baptist Church in Bar Harbor with Pastor Scott Records officiating. There was a gathering at the church, immediately following the service. Private interment will be at Ledgelawn Cemetery.

Contributions in Don’s memory may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758516, Topeka, KS 66675-8516 or St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105-1905.

Arrangements by Jordan-Fernald, 1139 Main St., Mount Desert.

Condolences may be expressed at

Know when to pay your respects.