OCEAN PARK - Dennis M. Wood-Gaines, 81, died April 15, 2007, at his Ocean Park residence. The son of Samuel and Theodora (Gierth) Wood-Gaines, he was born July 30, 1925, in London, England. He grew up in London where he received his education and at age 15 left home to become a merchant seaman.
His maritime career took him to many places throughout the world where he resided. He furthered his education in the merchant marine sciences and graduated from college.
On March 3, 1951, he married Audrey Hicks and their first home was in New Cross, London, England.
He immigrated to the United States in 1958 and became a U.S. citizen, settling in Bellevue and Kirkland. He was an engineer consultant in the import and export business and for 15 years he and his wife owned and operated The Cuttysark, a marine antique shop in Bellevue. In 1990, he and his wife retired to Ocean Park.
Mr. Wood-Gaines was a member of the Church of England. He enjoyed marine antiques and geography and was a dedicated husband and father who always put his family first.
In addition to his wife, survivors include his daughters, Gillian Paulson of Edmonds and Christine Kuhn of Portland, Ore.; son, Kirk Wood-Gaines of Spokane; brother Peter Wood-Gaines of Ontario, Canada; sisters, Joyce Bawcutt of Ontario, Canada and Beryl Knott of Australia; grandchildren Jeff Paulson, Amanda Paulson, Jenny Kuhn, Jacob Kuhn and Anna Wood-Gaines; and many nieces and nephews.
An open house for family and friends was held on April 28. Memorials may be made to either Harbors Home Health and Hospice or Ocean Beach Hospital in care of Penttila's Chapel by The Sea, P.O. Box 417, Long Beach, WA 98631. The guest book may be signed at www.penttilaschapel.com.