Our Staff

Our dedicated and supportive staff are here to guide you through this difficult journey.  We take pride in doing our absolute best to ensure your needs are met. 

Our licensed staff are as follows:

JOHN McGLYNN (OWNER / MANAGING FUNERAL DIRECTOR)

John gained an appreciation for the values and ideals of rural life in his early years while growing up in the Mount Forest area.  In 2002, after completing an apprenticeship with Jerrett Funeral Homes in Toronto, he graduated from Humber College, earning his Funeral Director's Licence.  With a keen sense of learning, John served on the staff of Ogden Funeral Home in Toronto, England Funeral Home in Mount Forest and the Henry Walser Funeral Home in Kitchener.  Rural roots run deep and in November 2011, John and his wife Sandy pursued their dream of raising a family among the blessings of small town life and purchased the Whitney-Ribey Funeral Home in Seaforth.  After spending eight wonderful years in Seaforth as the owners of McGlynn Family Funeral Home, John and Sandy made the decision to pursue an opportunity to own and manage a larger and busier funeral home in Owen Sound.  On November 1, 2019, John and Sandy purchased the Brian E. Wood Funeral Home from Brian and Betty Wood.  John, Sandy and their two sons, Duke and Rory, are now actively involved in community life.  John believes that compassion, understanding and dignity are essential to the service provided by the Brian E. Wood Funeral Home.  He strives to share his experience and skills with all the families he serves, with the goal of making the journey through loss as comforting and assuring as possible.

NATHAN WOOD (LICENSED FUNERAL DIRECTOR) 

Nathan was born in Owen Sound and raised on the family farm in Sydenham Township.  He attended Sydenham and Strathcona public schools and then graduated from grade thirteen at the O.S.C.V.I. in 1996.  Following high school he worked for two years as a lifeguard at Storybook Park.  In the late nineties he moved to London, Ontario.  In London, he worked at Joe Kool’s restaurant for a few years while he was achieving his pilot’s licence.  He then moved to Nelson, British Columbia where he taught snowboarding for a season at Whitewater Resort.  Upon his return to Ontario he decided to follow in his father’s footsteps and pursue his Funeral Director’s Licence.  In 2004 he attended Humber College in the Funeral Service Education Program.  He graduated in 2006 with honours after completing his apprenticeship at the Arthur Funeral Home and Barton & Kiteley Funeral Homes & Cremation Centres in Sault Ste. Marie.  He then went on to work in the Soo for another year before returning home to work with his family at the Brian E. Wood Funeral Home, Owen Sound.  Nathan enjoys flying, teaching snowboarding and just about anything to do with being outdoors.  Nathan is currently a part of the Owen Sound community, and is honored to help those in their time of need.

BRIAN WOOD (LICENSED FUNERAL DIRECTOR)

Brian was raised on a family farm outside of Owen Sound and attended Centre Grey District High School in Markdale, Ontario.  He graduated from the funeral service program conducted at Banting Institution of the University of Toronto in 1966.  Since that time, Brian has worked in local funeral homes on a full and part time basis.  Brian and his family owned a working family farm on the edge of Owen Sound, and he was an active member of the farming community.  He is the past president of the Sydenham Agriculture Society, and was also a past director of the Owen Sound Agriculture Society for many years, as well as involved in municipal politics for nine years.  Brian is married to Betty Lynn and they have two children.  Laura is a secondary teacher in Hamilton and is married to Graeme Fraser.  Laura and Graeme have two daughters, Abigail & Kinley.  Nathan lives in Owen Sound and works at the funeral home as a Funeral Director.  Brian is a long time member of Rockcliffe Gospel Temple in Owen Sound.  Brian passionately believes in focusing on the “service” aspects and details of funeral directing. As a funeral director, Brian strives to provide a service that is both personal and genuine, to meet the many needs of all families.

TERRY DONOGHUE (LICENSED FUNERAL DIRECTOR)

As of February 2021, Terry has been a welcomed addition to the Brian E. Wood Funeral Home staff.  More information about Terry will be posted at a later time.