Tributes to Giltbrook cob shop owner who was ‘big part of the community’

Heartfelt tributes have been paid to a passionate Giltbrook man who ‘fed souls with kindness’.

Friday, 28th May 2021, 5:06 pm
The late John Wood and his wife Teresa Wood, outside Giltbrook Cob Shop.

John Wood 68, sadly passed away on Wednesday, May 12, following a battle with brain cancer.

A devoted father and husband, John was the owner of the Giltbrook Cob Shop, which brought joy to residents for more than 30 years.

John’s son Brett Wood said his father had an unwavering passion for serving the community.

He said: “He loved having the shop. It wasn't just a living, it was a hobby.

"He always wanted to do something – that's why you used to see the light on in the shop at 10pm because he was either cleaning or prepping.

"I've never known anyone with passion for work like my dad had.”

John loved making everyone breakfast and was always ready to serve customers with a smile, his son said.

“He had so much enthusiasm for what he did for everyone and he was never greedy.

"He definitely deserves to be remembered for how he built something so unique and never wanted to give up no matter how he felt at the end.

"He was such a great dad."

Brett would like to thank people for their condolences and supporting his father’s business over the years.

He added: “Thank you all so much for the lovely support and messages, so many memories. And thank you all for supporting his passion. Rest in peace, dad.”

John's wife Teresa Wood also paid tribute to her loving husband.

She said: "A very sad loss to myself and Brett, he will always be missed and loved, my best friend and soulmate, forever in my heart.

"I would like to thank everyone that helped at the King’s Mill Hospital Ward 52 and the paramedics.

"Also a thank you to the large range of support everyone has given and offered, its truly appreciated, including the lovely cards and flowers.”

Since John’s passing, floods of tributes have been paid to the cob shop owner on social media.

Richard Burton posted: “Such a lovely man and a great strength to Giltbrook and surrounding communities.”

Tony Mellors said: “A lovely guy, a gentleman, a grafter, fair to say he was a big part of the community and cared about his customers – he will be sorely missed but never forgotten.”

Pam Bryan commented: “RIP John. You served your community for so many years, a legend.”

Deana Bentley said: “Both he and his wife made the most amazing breakfast cobs and he shall sadly be missed.”

Angela Rowell posted: “Not only did he feed the people, he fed their souls with his kindness.”

Dave Allen added: “His memory will live on in the area for years to come.”