Robert J. Wilson, Jr., of Milford, CT, died at 83 years old on Wednesday, April 4, 2018 at Milford Hospital surrounded by his three children.
Mr. Wilson was born on December 7, 1934, in Newburgh, New York, the son of the late Robert John and Margaret Elizabeth (Jackson) Wilson. He moved with his family to Wilmington, DE in 1949 and graduated from P.S. DuPont High School in 1952. In 1956, he graduated from the University of Delaware with a B.S. degree in Chemistry. While in college, he drew weekly cartoons for The Review student newspaper and was a member of Delta Tau Delta fraternity. He began his career as a chemist near Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, with the Koppers Corporation and ultimately later worked in Texas and New Jersey as a bench chemist.
In 1959, he joined the Army and served active duty at Fort Knox in Kentucky that year and was discharged from the reserves in 1966. After 1959, he primarily worked in public relations and communications in the chemical, steel and technical fields in New York City and the surrounding area. He married his wife, Catherine M. Farrell, in 1967, and lived in Greenwich, CT from 1973 until 1998 where he raised his three children. Mr. Wilson was involved in a variety of community activities in Greenwich/Riverside CT including serving as head little league coach for OGRCC baseball for three seasons (winning one league championship), contributing his artwork to various programs, and volunteering for numerous activities for his children. In 2006, he and his wife moved to Beaufort, South Carolina where he was active in the Knights of Columbus, the Ancient Order of Hibernians, and the local historical society. They resided in South Carolina until his wife’s death in May of 2017.
Over the years, Mr. Wilson contributed his writings to various publications (particularly in Newburgh, NY and Delaware) including the Delaware History journal and was also quoted in a William Safire book. He was known as a friendly, generous and helpful person. People who knew him universally liked him. He was an accomplished artist in having his artwork in numerous publications. Despite being an octogenarian, he was well versed in the internet and connected with his old friends and distant family and shared historical and genealogical information where he became the repository of knowledge for family genealogical information for many people throughout the world. He also had a good sense of humor and when he was erroneously reported as deceased a few months ago by his university alumni magazine, he did not take offense – and instead he participated in a humorous article based upon that mistake.
Surviving are two sons: Christopher Wilson (Christine) of Harrisburg, PA, and John Wilson (Erin) of Old Greenwich; one daughter: Abby Sparks (Jamie) of Milford, CT; three granddaughters: Caitlin Wilson, Mackensey Wilson and Morgan Wilson; three nephews: Jeffrey, Peter and Gregory Flemming; a niece: Lisa Flemming; and six grand-nephews and two grand-nieces, and one great-grant nephew and one great-grand niece. He was pre-deceased by his parents and his older sister Barbara Jean (Wilson) Flemming.
A Funeral Mass in celebration of Robert J. Wilson, Jr.’s life will be held on Saturday, June 9, 2018 at 10 AM at St. Catherine of Siena Church, 4 Riverside Ave., Riverside, CT.