Arthur Wood, artist and rambler, dies after long illness

Arthur Wood

Arthur Wood

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Berwick calligrapher, artist, humourist and keen rambler Arthur Wood has passed away.

He studied at Edinburgh’s Royal High School and then architecture at Edinburgh College of Art, before marrying Jane, a Spittal girl, and bringing up their three children, Jonathan, Kitty and Jeremy.

On returning to Berwick, Arthur joined his father-in-law’s practice, Gray & Paterson, where he remained until retirement providing architectural guidance on many local building projects.

Arthur’s artistic interests and talents always extended far beyond his architecture – including oil-painting, photography, screen-printing, modelling, sculpture – and along with Jane, he opened Spittal Pottery.

In their forties, sadly Jane lost her long battle with illness, and in a twist of fate tragedy struck for Margaret next-door too. Arthur and Margaret became supportive friends and then life-long companions – a very recognisable pair around Berwick.

After further losses of both his mother and his younger son in a short space of time, Arthur found peace and enjoyment through walking. He was a loyal member of Berwick Ramblers and later went on to write books about the area’s walks.

Always a unique individual, Arthur was a very recognisable character around town – in years gone by wearing shorts from May till October.

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