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Richard Douglas Wilson
BOSTON, MA: Richard Douglas Wilson of Boston, died peacefully on November 18, 2013 in Chelsea MA. He was 86 years old. Born in Mansfield, OH he was the son of the late John C. Wilson and Janet Weaver Wilson.
Dick spent his childhood in Ohio and then after a time in the Army during WW II where he served in Germany, went on to graduate from Brown University where he majored in history and minored in international relations. He received a masters degree from New York University in 1956.
Dick spent many years in New York City working for a time at W.R. Grace and then at a variety of banking institutions, most notably Irving Trust Company. Dick moved to Boston in the 1970's and began a long career at then First National Bank of Boston where he became a Vice President. During these years Dick spent a lot of his free time, when not traveling, riding his bike along the Charles River and walking in the Public Garden and Common. He became an avid supporter of the Friends of the Public Garden and Common and advocated for the upkeep of valuable trees. In a letter to Kitty Dukakis he once stated "Next to people, trees make a city". He was always interested in politics and foreign relations and often corresponded back and forth with our leaders, Senators Kennedy and Kerry among others.
Preceded in death by his brother Jonathan "Jack" Wilson and his sister Jane Wilson Molyneaux; he is survived by his niece H. Janette Molyneaux of Plymouth and her husband Arthur S. Hatch; and many very close friends.
A memorial service will be held at a later date yet to be determined.
Donations in his memory may be made to The Friends of The Public Garden, 69 Beacon St. Boston, MA 02108
Arrangements by the McMaster Funeral Home Braintree MA
Published in the News Journal on Nov. 28, 2013