Richard F. Wilson

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Richard F. Wilson Mariaville LakeRichard (Dick) F. Wilson, 70, of Mariaville Lake passed away peacefully on Thursday, May 31st, surrounded by his family and loved ones. The son of Sumner A. Wilson Jr. and Ruth (Hartman) Wilson, he was born December 24, 1941 in Schenectady, NY. He leaves behind his wife of 29 years, Bonnie (Cooper) Wilson, whom he married on April 30, 1983. Other surviving family members include four children, Kimberly and husband, Ron Tupper of Lincoln University, PA, Tamara and husband, Marc Bachorik of Carlisle, NY, Scott Wilson and Kizzy of Schoharie, NY, Brian Wilson and Michele Culletto of Hudson, NY; grandchildren, Aaron and Lauren Tupper, Tristan and Aidan Bachorik, and Dakoda Wilson. He is also survived by a brother, Robert Wilson and wife, Mary of Manning, SC; a mother-in-law, Hilda Cooper of Fort Plain, NY; sisters-in-law, Susan (Barry) Jones of Ames, NY, and Diane Scheutze, of Albany, NY, as well as numerous nephews, nieces and cousins. Dick was predeceased by his parents, Sumner and Ruth Wilson; and his father-in-law, Aiden Cooper. Richard (Dick) graduated from Scotia-Glenville High School in 1959 and later received a bachelor's degree in business administration at the College of Saint Rose. He worked as an auto mechanic for Gino's and Kaman's Esso, King-Cadillac Oldsmobile of Schenectady and later worked for Peterson-Ashton Fuels as an oil burner mechanic. Dick enlisted in the NY Army National Guard where he studied auto mechanics and maintenanced and repaired army Jeeps, personnel carriers and self-propelled howitzers. He then transferred into the NYS Selective Service System in Albany, NY after which he enrolled in Officer Candidate School obtaining his commission of 2nd lieutenant. He was later promoted to 1st lieutenant, staff specialist and finally to captain, staff specialist. In 1975, he resigned his commission, receiving an honorable discharge. While in the National Guard, Dick began his career with General Electric Co. He enrolled and completed his studies in GE's machinist Apprentice Course, Manufacturing and Advanced Manufacturing Studies Programs. He worked as a machinist, and a procurement control and contract administrator for KAPL until 1980. He became a projects buyer for GE's C.R&D, manager of contract administration for the Development Engineering Department, and a project manager for GE's PSED. As once said by one of his colleagues, Dick is a person who really cares about the success of this business and goes out of his way to ensure that. He is as tenacious about getting the $5,000 contract as he is about the $500,000 contract. Dick retired from GE in 2005 with 40 years of service. Dick was an active community member becoming an associate adviser to the post 60 Explorer Scouts, A NYS certified hunter safety instructor, was a member of the 4H Cooperative Extension Advisory Committee, and Adult Instructor/4H Club Leader. In 1976 he was appointed chairman of a Concerned Citizens Committee. From 1980-1983, served as a Duanesburg town councilman and became a NYS notary public. Dick loved hunting, fishing, camping, water skiing, farming, vegetable gardening and woodworking. But most of all he loved and was so very proud of his family, who meant the world to him. His family, loved ones, and all those who knew him will greatly miss his humor, vast talents, and brilliance of mind that taught them all so much. Their love accompanies him in his passing. A memorial service will be held on Tuesday at 11:30 a.m. at Light's Funeral Home, 1428 State St., Schenectady. The family will receive relatives and friends for a memorial gathering on Monday from 5 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. at the funeral home. Memorial contributions in his name can be made to the Paralyzed Veterans Administration, the Parkinson's Foundation, or the Muscular Dystrophy Association. To express condolences, visit

Published in The Daily Gazette Co. on June 3, 2012
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