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Rev. R. Ward Wilson

March 7, 1930 November 26, 2011
Rev. R. Ward Wilson
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Wells River, VT: The Rev. R. Ward Wilson, 81, died peacefully Saturday, Nov. 26, 2011, in his home following a lengthy illness with his loving wife, Rev. Jane E. Wilson and family at his side. Born in Springfield, MA, Mar. 7, 1930, he was a son of the late Fred and Marion (Roberts) Wilson. Ward graduated from the University of Hartford and Bangor Theological Seminary. He served United Church of Christ Churches in Hampden, ME; Meddybumps, ME; Eastport, ME; Beacon Falls, CT; Lordship, CT; Littleton, NH; Haverhill, NH; Pike, NH; St. Albans, VT; Thetford, VT; Newbury, VT and the Church of Universal Fellowship in Orono, ME and Methodist Churches in Danville, West Danville, Walden and South Walden, VT. He loved reading the Bible, giving himself to ministry and volunteer opportunities to help others. He enjoyed history and had he chosen another career, it would have been as a history teacher. In his early years, he was a member of the Lions Club; later he became a Rotarian, striving for perfect membership in his local Rotary Clubs of which he was a Paul Harris Fellow. He also served as past president on the Harbor Club Board in St. Albans. Ward will be fondly remembered for the twinkle in his eye, his contagious smile, his terrific sense of humor, telling stories, sharing jokes and for wearing two watches, then always being fashionably late for everything. He also had a love for his Water Street neighbors and parties, gadgets, coffee, Black Russians, his newspapers, reading, enjoying every lobster he ever ate and old cars which he could identify by year, make and model. He also always wore a hat and had one for each occasion. Ward always loved dogs, but his favorites proved to be Moses and Noah who have been his constant companions during his most recent illnesses and following his accident. He and Jane were passionate about live theatre and shows. Ward took to the stage in his 40’s in the St. Johnsbury area and every summer was spent attending the Weathervane Theatre and other live shows in New England and on the East Coast including Atlantic City, NYC, Orlando and Myrtle Beach. Jane and Ward made a couple of trips to Branson, MO and one to California. The Wilsons camped in Canada and on the east coast Atlantic Ocean spots. They especially enjoyed York Beach where they rented properties for the past 15 years and he was devoted to his work with the seafarer friends. Ward leaves his wife Rev. Jane E. Wilson, Pastor of the United Congregational Church of Orford, NH and Bethany Church, Pike, NH after 38 years of a wonderful and amazing marriage, seven children, Roxanne E. Wilson, Robert W. Wilson, Jr., Frederick G. Wilson, Cynthia L. W. Howdyshell, David Ward Wilson, Daniel R.C. Wilson, Elizabeth Jane Wilson and his fresh air son, Patrick Fitzgerald Stewart, seven grandchildren, his brother Jerry Wilson, his sister-in-law, Susan H. C. Cooke and his brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Stephen S. Cotton, Sr. and Kymberly Cotton and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents, his in-laws Henry and Barbara Cotton and brother Richard Wilson. Ward’s funeral will be held Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2011 at 11:00 AM in the United Congregational Church of Orford; Route 10; Orford, NH with longtime friend, the Rev. Dr. George Peters, officiating. Visitation prior to the funeral will begin at 10:30 AM. Interment will be in Dunbar lot in Greenwood Cemetery, St. Albans, VT on Father’s Day, June 17, 2012 at 12:30 PM Ward had a great love for theatre and expressed that he hoped to make a difference by asking those who wish to make a contribution in his memory to the Weathervane Theatre, P.O. Box 127; Whitefield, NH 03598. At Ward’s request, his funeral arrangements have been entrusted to the staff of the Heald Funeral Home, 87 South Main Street, St. Albans, VT where private messages of condolences may be sent to www.healdfuneralhome.com.

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