Walter Fargo Wood, 3rd of Riverview, Fla., formerly of Sherborn and Chappaquiddick, died at his home on Feb. 4, 2019, after a brief illness with bladder cancer. He was 94.

Born in Randolph, Vt. on Nov. 1, 1924, he was the son of the late Walter Fargo Wood Jr., and Charlotte Eugenia Wakeman. He was the husband of Joyce (Ouellette) Wood and the late Frances (Reid) Wood of Sherborn.

Walter’s education consisted of grammar school in Sherborn. He attended the Mount Hermon School from 1938-1942 and served on the student council during his senior year. He was a private pilot at age 15, a time when other young men his age were preparing for their driver’s license.

He attended Middlebury College, Delta Kappa Epsilon, from 1942-1943. He then left school and joined the U.S. Navy Air Corps, as Ensign, a carrier pilot with the Early Warning Squadron aboard the U.S.S. Kearsarge until 1946. When discharged from the Navy at the end of WWII, he worked for General Motors, Framingham and attended General Motors Institute, Flint, Mich. Upon graduation, he became an engineer in the plant engineering department at the Framingham plant.

From 1958 to 1960, Walter and Joe Tyberio, of Sherborn, formed Ty-Wood Corp., Holliston, precision metal fabrication. From 1960-1989 he built and owned W. F. Wood Engineering Corp./Wood Metal Finishing in Holliston. In 1990, Walter built and, until 2017, owned N&W Helicopter Wheels, working closely with Bill Cooper of Florida Suncoast Helicopters, Sarasota, Fla. It gave him purpose in life to help helicopter owners solve problems moving their helicopters over rough terrain.

Family, to Walter, meant everything as he listened to their challenges in life and many accomplishments, whether fixing a truck, showing horses, hunting, sailing, fishing or playing golf.

He was predeceased by his brothers, Theodore W. Wood of Sherborn, and Guile W. Wood, Sr. of Osterville.

He is survived by his daughters, Susan Wood of Lavina, Mont., Sandra Podufaly of Falmouth and Wendy Voyer of Holliston; son, Walter F. Wood 4th of Holliston; step-daughter Deena Arnold of Grand Terrace, Calif.; step-son, Shawn Arnold of Santa Cruz, Calif.; many grandchildren, step-grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

A memorial service was held on August 18, 2019 at St. Stephen’s Catholic Church, Riverview, Fla.