Locally known as ‘Woodsy,’ the longtime Regina sports broadcaster was 66 years of age.
His death was confirmed by his family who issued a statement Wednesday evening. His two children, Nicole and Chris, were by his side when he passed away at 3:25 p.m. on Wednesday.
“They wish to express their immense gratitude to the doctors, nurses, and specialists on the medical intensive care unit and unit 3E at Regina General Hospital for all their attention and care,” read a family statement.
Following his diagnosis in early December, a GoFundMe page was set up to help with his recovery. As of Wednesday night, the page had raised more than $64,000.
“Nicole and Chris are also grateful for the outpouring of support Warren has received from across the country over the last seven weeks. It’s comforting for them to know how many people cared about their dad.”
Woods had a lengthy career in broadcast, spending many years leading the sports team at Global News in Regina before leaving for CJME in 2013.
He immersed himself in the sports community and he enjoyed the social part of going to a Regina Pats or Saskatchewan Roughriders game, just as much as the hockey or football itself.
“Literally what you saw on TV is what you got at the Brand Center when you were having a chat with him, having a glass of beer or on the golf course or anywhere,” said Derek Meyers, former co-worker and longtime friend.
He had a love for telling stories – whether it be on-air – or off and always had fun doing it.
Those who knew him would say he was about as down to earth as they get.
“He would hold court with a lot of people whether it was at Taylor Field or the Brandt Center. When Woodsy was telling a story, it was with a lot of enthusiasm,” said Craig Adam, former co-worker and longtime friend.
“He was like the people’s person and I think that’s why he’s going to be missed so much.”
Not only did Woods have an impact in Regina, but across the province, as many will remember him for his kind-hearted approach to life and willingness to teach others.
“I think he was just really a piece of the fabric of Regina over the last three decades,” Meyers said.
“You could see that on social media last night, the outpouring of people who didn’t really know Woodsy, but felt like they knew him. He’s an icon in my eyes no question.”
While he loved sports – and people – it was evident Woods loved his family the most. The proud dad and grandpa would beam from ear to ear every time he talked about them and when he was heading out to see them next.
Woods grew up in Sudbury Ont., but Regina later became home for him. His family said details about a celebration of Woods’ life will come at a later date.