WOOD, Todd Gilbert Ben
Todd died peacefully at the South Health Campus on Monday, April 3, 2023 at the age of 60 years. Todd fought a brave battle with Multiple Myeloma for 12.5 years, and also fought with COPD and heart issues, all while confronting the cancer.
Todd will be lovingly remembered by his partner of 16 years, Len Hofer of Calgary, AB; and his mother, Mona Wood of Kamloops, BC. Todd was predeceased by his father, Glen; his brother, Mike; and his sister, Vonnie. Todd was loved by everyone who he met, and he was such a positive person right up until the end.
Todd moved to Calgary from Kamloops in the mid 1980’s. He started working in the mailroom at Husky Energy and quickly moved up to be a Financial Specialist within the company. Todd got laid off from Husky in 2008; and that was when Todd and Len bought the Village Bistro Restaurant in the Golden Age Club, serving seniors in the East Village of downtown Calgary. All the seniors at the club really loved Todd, but Len only to a certain extent. (Len enjoyed pranking the seniors, all in fun, which they seemed to like.)
Todd was diagnosed with Multiple Myeloma (cancer of the plasma cells, of the bone marrow) in October 2010. He went through extensive chemo and radiation for 5 months, and then had a bone marrow transplant. He very quickly went into remission for 5 years. Eventually, Todd’s illness progressed, and Todd went through several trial Multiple Myeloma treatments over the last few years. They all started working very quickly but didn’t last. Despite the ravages of Multiple Myeloma, Todd remained a beautiful man, both inside and out. His grace, courage and strength were remarkable.
We would like to thank Dr. Bahlis and Dr. Neri of the Multiple Myeloma Research Centre at the Tom Baker Cancer Centre for everything they did for Todd. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Todd’s memory to SAMPS (Southern Alberta Multiple Myeloma Patient Society)
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