John Wood, Sr., WV5J, CQ's New Products Editor since 2009, passed away on December 3 after a brief battle with cancer. He was 61. A lifelong journalist, John spent most of his career as a reporter and editor for newspapers in and around Memphis, Tennessee. He lived in the Memphis suburb of Germantown, Tennessee.
A contributor to CQ for several years on a variety of topics, John became editor of the "What's New" column as of the magazine's December, 2009, issue. He continued writing occasional feature articles as well. His most recent, "There's a 'Secret Service' in Memphis on the 222 Ham Band," appears in the Fall 2012 issue of CQ VHF.
John is survived by his wife of 41 years, Marie, WA4WFX; his son, John, Jr. ("Woody"), KI4VCK; his daughter, Christi, and two grandchildren. The family requests that contributions in John's memory be made to the St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.
For those in the Memphis area, a funeral service will be held Friday, December 7, at 11:30 AM at the Memorial Park Funeral Home, 5668 Poplar Ave., Memphis 38119.