John E. Wilson was born in Agawam MA and was the youngest of five children of Charles and Mary Wilson. Also known as “Jack” he graduated from Agawam High School. After graduation he enlisted in the US Army and served his country in WWll as a foot soldier in the infantry. His troop landed on the beach of Anzio, Italy where he courageously fought SS German troops. Jack received the Purple Heart and his troop received the Presidential Citation. His service in the Army was from 1943 to six months after the Nazi surrender in 1945. After the war, Jack pursued and completed his college education which gave him the foundation to work in top positions of finance for many top national and international companies, including VP of finance for Dexter Corporation, and VP/Comptroller of Brand Rex Corporation. Jack was famously known for his astute intelligence, sense of humor, fairness to all, and most importantly, his generosity and common sense. He believed a person could do anything they wanted to do in life, within reason, and he always kept the door open to learning. His fearless approach to life and incredible risk-taking allowed him to live a very full, successful, and creative life—being respected and loved by all. Jack was married on June 11, 1949 to his “bride” Janet A. Frangie—the love of his life, and center of his universe. They were also the ultimate parents, each coming from broken homes and yet managed to build and support a solid family. Justice would have it that they enjoyed a pleasant retirement and took the opportunity to travel the world together. Janet pre-deceased him on Nov. 30 2015. They leave four children: Jo-Ann Wilson, of Camden ME; Susan Swain (Wilson) and her spouse Edward Swain, of Manchester CT; John Wilson, and his spouse, Andrea of Stamford, CT; and Catherine Nowak (Wilson) and her spouse Bill Nowak, of South Windsor, CT: six grandchildren, Danny and Bryony Wilson, Rebecca, Heather, Nick, and Will Nowak and one great-grandchild, Georgia Wilson. In honor of their compassionate parents, their children will do their very best to pass on the love they gave to them to others. May “Jack and Janet” now rest in eternal peace. A private family graveside service will be held on Saturday at 10am at St Thomas Cemetery, West Springfield, MA. Memorial donations in his memory may be made to: The Irish American Club, P.O. Box 906, Hyannis MA 02601.
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