Jacob Wood, former Fulton resident

Jacob R. Wood, 35, of Syracuse, died Aug. 24, 2012 after a long illness.

He was born Feb. 18, 1977 in Oswego, the son of Joanne T. (Elhage) Weldin and Richard L. Wood.

He graduated from G. Ray Bodley High School in Fulton in 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. He was a prevention health advocate with AIDS Community Resources 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, he had a passion for music. When he was not singing a 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. He 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.

He 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 held today, Sept. 1 from 10 a.m. to noonat Foster Funeral Home, 910 Fay Street, 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 his behalf.

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