Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

I Know He Is Looking Down on Me and Will Protect Me in Which Ever Way My Life Turns; Widow's Moving Tribute as Hundreds Mourn Blast Victim

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

I Know He Is Looking Down on Me and Will Protect Me in Which Ever Way My Life Turns; Widow's Moving Tribute as Hundreds Mourn Blast Victim

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Byline: CHRIS HOLE

MIDDLESBROUGHn came to a sombre standstill as it remembered one of its bravest and most heroic sons.

Hundreds of mourners paid tribute to bomb disposal expert Charles Wood at a military funeral in his home town.

His brave widow Heather spoke movingly at the service, saying: "Charlie leaves a massive hole in my life and my heart. If I had never met him I would not be the Mrs Wood I am today."

Charlie, a Warrant Officer Class 2 with 23 Pioneer Regiment, The Royal Logistic Corps, died in a blast from an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) in Afghanistan on December 28.

Scores of mourners lined the streets as the funeral procession arrived at St John the Evangelist Church, on Marton Road, yesterday afternoon.

A Boro flag hung from the car containing his coffin, which was draped in a Union Flag and carried into the church by colleagues from the 23 Pioneer Regiment.

During the service, which was attended by Mayor of Middlesbrough Ray Mallon, Charlie's widow Heather spoke emotionally about her husband and how he changed her life.

"Charlie Henry Wood was the most thoughtful, caring and loyal person I have ever known," she said. "He did not have a bad bone in his body and would not say a bad word about anybody. "Charlie was always good fun to be with and we did absolutely everything together." Heather also revealed a more feminine side to the 34-year-old's character, revealing that he had an "eye for lady's designer handbags" and keen interest in male grooming and fashion. "In our seven years together he taught me so much," she added. "How to be a better person and that you can achieve anything in life if you put your mind to it. "Charlie was in my life for a relatively short time but I feel privileged and proud to be his wife. "I'm so sad he has gone and never got to fulfil two of his biggest dreams -to become an RSM (Regimental Sergeant Major) and a father, both of which he would have been amazing at. …

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