HOWARD WOOD, SR.
Howard “Pappy” Wood was a Manitoba curling legend whose career spanned over seventy years. Wood’s father, Daniel David Wood, an accomplished curler and former President of the Manitoba Curling Association, launched his sons’ playing careers on a backyard curling rink.
Wood participated in his first Manitoba Curling Association (MCA) Bonspiel in 1908 by accident when a visiting Oak River team found itself short one player. “Pappy” (a nickname he was given in the 1940’s) played in seventy more consecutive MCA bonspiels, a feat that entered him in the Guinness Book of World Records. In seventy-one bonspiels, Wood’s teams won the coveted Grand Aggregate Title on eight occasions. In 1930, Wood won his first Brier national title with his brothers Vic and Lionel as well as Jim Congalton. Two years later, Wood won the Brier again as the third for his team-mate Congalton’s rink. With his son Howard Jr., Ernie Pollard, and Roy Enman, Wood won a third Brier at Winnipeg in 1940. Wood was the first to have his name inscribed on the Canadian Championship Brier Tankard three times.
Wood’s triumphs are numerous and impressive, including several Granite Curling Club championships and numerous bonspiel wins in all levels of competition. He was also one of a select few Winnipeg athletes to win Dominion championships in more than one sport. Wood was one of only two Canadians who played on the Winnipeg Scottish Football Club which won the national title in 1915. Wood was voted “Curling’s Man of the Year” in 1972 and was inducted to the Canadian Curling Hall of Fame in 1974 and the Canadian Sports Hall of Fame in 1977. He was also an honourary Life Member of the Granite Curling Club and the Manitoba Curling Association.
b. August 29, 1888
d. December 28, 1978