John R. Wilson
John R. Wilson, 81, born in Brasher Falls, New York on July 28, 1935 to Minor H. Wilson and Chloe M. Wilson Burns passed away on October 9, 2016. He was pre-deceased by his parents and all of his siblings: Eleanor (Wilson) Marchese, Anna (Wilson) Fish, Mary Elizabeth Wilson, Joseph Wilson, and Lois (Wilson) Ortiz. John has lived in Bondsville, Monson and then Palmer, Massachusetts after living over 30 years in Springfield, Mass. He worked at Wilbraham Monson Academy as a carpenter for several years before being injured and retiring as a result of the those injuries. He was employed for 20 years at the former Popular Markets Supermarkets and subsequent stores as an HVAC repair person. Before that, John worked as an auto body expert with the former Kawie Auto Body Shop in Springfield as well as other auto body shops. He was always on call for family and friends as a go-to person to fix everything and was known for always being available to help someone in need. John enjoyed fishing, hunting, golfing, woodworking, gardening, snowshoeing, nature, bargain hunting, the Boston Red Sox and had a deep love for his family, grandchildren and great grandchildren. Johnny also loved animals, especially his cat Tiger who recently passed away. John could find four leaf clovers at will and catch a deer anytime he felt like it. He is survived by his wife, Margaret (Ward) Wilson, his four children, Mark, his children Niji Johnson and Jessica Wilson along with his partner Denise McQuiston and her son Vincent Rossi, Elizabeth Wilson Greer and her husband James Greer, Robert Wilson, as well as Jane Wilson and her four children Joshua Tiago, Joseph Tiago, Jenna Tiago, and Marcus LaPointe along with Jane’s partner Michael Berthiaume and his daughter Charlotte, her husband Keith, and his granddaughter, Lexi. John had three great grandchildren, Matthew, Chloe, and Aliyah and many nieces and nephews. John had many friends, young and old, many of whom were considered like family. He had a long-time best friend, Bernie Samek, steadfast to the end. A memorial celebration will be held on Saturday, October 22nd, from 2-6p.m. at Faith Community Chapel, 485 East Street, Ludlow, Mass. (the former St. Mary’s Church). There will be a short, meaningful service at 3:45p.m.
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