Wood, Brian James, Saginaw, Michigan


Passed away suddenly November 28, 2013. Age 63 years. The son of the late Ben and Jean (O’Brien) Wood, Brian was born December 30, 1949 in Detroit, Michigan. He graduated from Wayne State University. Brian began his broadcast career with the ABC Television affiliate in Midland/Odessa, Texas. He then returned to Michigan in 1985 and continued his broadcast career in Saginaw at WNEM where he remained for over 25 years. Brian was an active and involved member of the community and supported many organizations. He owned and operated J.B. Meinberg’s and built Woody O’Brien’s in 2001. Brian enjoyed photography, writing, and was an avid college football fan. Most of all, he loved spending time with his niece and nephew, Kaitlin Herbert and Sam Herbert, who were like his own kids. Brian will be remembered for his kindness and generosity without expectation of anything in return. Most of all, he will be remembered for his larger than life smile and his indecisiveness about whether to root for the University of Michigan or Notre Dame when they played each other! Surviving are Kaitlin (her children, Elijah and Elliana) and Sam Herbert and their mother, Christine Herbert; three brothers, Mark and Christine Wood, Sylvan Lake, Michigan; Scott and Denise Wood, Fort Wayne, Indiana; Jeffrey Wood, Sylvan Lake, Michigan; a former sister-in-law, Karen Savelly-Wood; three nephews and one niece, Tim, Shannon, Matthew and Michael along with many cousins and dear friends; special friend and companion, Jen Koehler. Brian was preceded in death by a brother, Roger Wood. Funeral Liturgy will take place on Monday, December 2, 2013 at 11:00 a.m. at St. Stephen Catholic Church, 2711 Mackinaw St., Saginaw. Interment will be Holy Sepulcher Catholic Cemetery in Southfield. Friends may call at The Snow Funeral Home, 3775 N. Center Road (between Shattuck and McCarty), where the family will be present on Sunday from 12:00-8:00 p.m. and at St. Stephen Catholic Church on Monday from 10:00 a.m. until time of Mass. Brian’s family requests no flowers, but would strongly recommend donations in his memory to the Muscular Dystrophy Association or Make-A-Wish Foundation. www.snowfuneralhome.net