Frederick V. Wilson Jr., 90, U.S. Air Force Veteran; Ran 7 Boston Marathons

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FRAMINGHAM – Frederick V. Wilson Jr. passed away peacefully at his home on Thursday, October 28, 2021, at the age of 90.

He was born in Dorchester, on June 17, 1931.

He was the son of the late Frederick V. Sr. and Laura (Vannasse) Wilson.

He was the devoted husband of Estelle M. (Deveau) Wilson, with whom he celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary on January 20, 2021.

A graduate of Waltham High, class of 1949, he enlisted with the United States Air Force on July 12, He served as a teletype operator for three years during the Korean War. On January 19, 1956, he was honorably discharged as a Senior Airman.  

In 1960, Ted (his preferred nickname) moved his family from Waltham to Framingham. He was employed at the American Can Company in Needham, and moved to Morristown, PA, for a few years when the company closed in Needham. The family returned to Framingham in 1980,
and he found employment at Hottinger Baldwin and Snap-on Tools in Natick.

In 1989, he and Estelle moved to York Beach, Maine, where they had vacationed regularly throughout the years.

Never being one to retire, Ted worked many years for The Stage Neck Inn and Starkey Ford, both located in York. They eventually moved to Wells, Maine, where he finally retired.

In 2015, he and Estelle moved in with their oldest daughter. Ted was a passionate sports fan and loved all his Boston teams.

He was an avid runner and participated in many races throughout New England, including seven Boston Marathons in the 1980s. His love of running and fitness continued through the years, and he was a fixture on Mile Road in Wells alongside his friend Joe Taranova.

 Ted is survived by his loving wife, Estelle. He was the devoted father of Laureen Wilson of Biddeford; Diane Barnum, and her husband Steven, of Wells; Gary, and his wife, Susan, of Vancouver, WA; and Gregory of Kennebunk, and his partner, David Nadeau. He was the beloved grandfather (“Boompa”) to Kimberly (Barnum) Woods and her husband, Benjamin of South Berwick; Keri (Barnum) Rinaldi, and her husband, Fernando, of Lyman; Rebecca (Wilson) Kramer, and her husband, Ben, of Greenwood, MO; Christianna (Wilson) Ferguson, and her husband, Shawn, of Vancouver, WA; and Charlotte Wilson of Vancouver, WA. He was the Great Boompa to Olivia, Jason, Abigail, Emma, Lillian, Taya, and Alice. In addition, Ted is survived by his sisters, Laura Ann Baker of Gardner, MA; Rita Ellen Coughlin, and her husband, Bill of Clinton; and his brother Chris Wilson of Gresham, Oregon, and his fiancé Lori Christian. He also
leaves his sister-in-law, Stephanie Deveau, of Framingham, and dear friend, Sr. Jacquelyn McCarthy of Newton, along with many nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends. He was predeceased by his brothers Paul, Steven, and brothers-in-law Harry Baker, Edward Deveau, and Leonard Deveau.

The family would also like to thank those that supported Ted during his end-of-life transition including Terri Coldreck, Libby Longenecker, Tina Lemieux.

 On Friday, November 5, visiting hours will be from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. at Johnson Funeral Home, 26 Market Street, South Berwick, Maine.

The funeral mass will be held at 11 am at Saint Mary’s Church, 236 Eldridge Road in Wells, Maine.

Military Funeral Honors will follow at the Southern Maine Memorial Veterans Cemetery, 83 Stanley Road in Springvale, Maine. The family will be honored to have relatives and friends in attendance.

 In lieu of flowers, the family wishes any donations to be made to Bethany Healthcare Center, 97 Bethany Road, Framingham, MA 01702, or bethanyhealthcare.org.

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