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Colonel, The Honorable Judge, Sydney Evan William James Wood, CD, QC, passed away on Nov. 7, 2022, in Kelowna, British Columbia at age 89. Educated in Edmonton schools he entered the Canadian Services College Royal Roads in September 1950 as a cadet in the Royal Canadian Air Force. He obtained his BA in 1953 and his LLB from University of Alberta in 1956. Syd, a loyal Delta Phi Deke, spent summers continuing his training as a pilot with the Air Force Reserves. He joined the City of Edmonton’s 418 RCAF Squadron in August 1954 and was the wing commander of the search and rescue squadron.


Syd joined his father’s firm Wood, Haddad, Moir, Hyde & Ross and was admitted to the bar in 1957. After serving as a partner in private practice, Syd joined the Provincial Court of Alberta in 1993 and served in Edmonton and Calgary courts until 2003.