Tuesday, January 11, 2022

Philip A. “Sam” Wood, 69

Scio, NY - Philip A. “Sam” Wood, 69, formerly of the Fish Road, passed away on Saturday, January 8, 2022 at the Wellsville Manor Care Center. He was born August 11, 1952 in Olean, the son of  the late Carlton and Isobel (Hurd) Wood. 

Sam was raised in Bolivar. He was formerly employed by Allegany Arc and the Rehabilitation Center in Allegany. He enjoyed camping, watching television, listening to his radio, and watching the local dirt track races. 

He is survived by: his step-mother, Geraldine Wood of Bolivar; three brothers, Dale Wood of Texas, Merle Wood of Colorado, and Bruce (Amy) Wood of Iowa; a sister, Brenda (Roger) Olmstead of Olean; two step-brothers, Jim (Kathy) Smith of Tennessee, and David (Kathi) Smith of New Jersey; three step-sisters, Linda (Skip) Benjamin of Bolivar, Carol Perrin of Florida and Nancy Borrino of Webster; a special adoptive family, Frank White, Linda Jones, along with Frank’s children Tracy Beckman, Crissy (Eric Spangenberg) White, and Frank (April) White, and his caregiver, Ashley Prince. In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by: a step brother, Tom Smith; and a special friend, Dawn White.

A celebration of life is being planned for at a later date. Burial will be in Maplelawn Cemetery in Bolivar. Please consider memorial donations to the Allegany–Steuben Arc. To leave online condolences please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com.


  1. R.i.p Sam u will be missed by many bud I rember working with him at the arc building he was a really nice guy fly high bud

  2. Sam was a great son and brother to many people. He was born with great challenges but lived his life to the fullest with what God gave him. He had a positive and long lasting impact on everyone and he will be missed. A special thanks to the Whites for the loving, unconditional love the showed Sam. They are angels on earth.
    Brother Bruce

  3. Our deepest condolences to Sam's family from all of your friends at People Inc.

  4. CHRISTOPHER KOEHLERMay 3, 2022 at 10:43 AM

    What a sweet, sweet guy. I loved Sam's enthusiasm for the simplest things in life. Rest in peace my friend.

    Chris Koehler
    PWI / Arc Allegany-Steuben