Roger F. Wilson

Lebanon, New Hampshire


Lebanon, New Hampshire


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ENFIELD -- Roger Frazer Wilson, 77, died July 3, 2010, at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Hanover.

He was born Dec. 27, 1932, in Rochester, to James and Freda (Libby) Wilson. As a child, he lived in Lincoln, where he graduated from Lincoln High School in 1951. He spent the following year as a post-graduate student at Tilton Academy.

He attended The University of New Hampshire before completing his bachelor of education (1959) and master of education (1965) degrees at Keene State College. It was at Keene where he met his wife of 50 years, Judith A. Desmarais. They were married Aug. 20, 1960. From 1962-63, he was a Ford Scholar at Dartmouth College, one of 10 teachers in the United States selected for graduate research in geography. It was at this time that he and his wife settled in the Upper Valley (Lebanon and Enfield) to raise their family.

IN HIS LIFE: Mr. Wilson began a life-long teaching career at the age of 24. He taught United States history for three years at Hanover High School where he also coached the basketball, track and ski teams. He taught social studies at The Richmond Middle School for 30 years. He retired from teaching in 1993, but continued to own and operate Wilson's Driving School until 2003, a business he and his wife began in 1966.

As a Korean War veteran, public school teacher, member of the Hanover Police Department and member of the Lebanon City Council, Mr. Wilson enjoyed his active public and civic service duties. An avid fisherman, skier and swimmer, Mr. Wilson loved the out-of-doors. His favorite places included his native White Mountains, coastal Maine and the gulf beaches of Florida. He also enjoyed playing cribbage, building campfires and assisting with Dartmouth College athletic events. His greatest joy was spending time with his wife, children and grandchildren at his home on Crystal Lake, a favored gathering spot for decades, where he was active with the Crystal Lake Association. Upon full retirement, he and his wife lived in their Rotonda, Fla. home during the winter months.

He was predeceased by a brother, Bruce E. Wilson, of Weare. Survivors include his wife; two sons, Eric and his wife, Cathy, of Seattle, Wash. and Jonathan and his wife, Sarinda, of Lakeville, Conn.; a daughter, Valerie, of Cazenovia, N.Y. He was known as beloved "Bumpa" to his seven grandchildren: Jack, Alex and Lindsay; Maren and Elliot; Matt and Charlie.

SERVICES: A funeral service will be held Friday at 11 a.m. at St. Denis Catholic Church in Hanover.

A reception of remembrance and celebration of Mr. Wilson's life will follow at a nearby location.

Donations may be made to The Richmond School toward a gift in Roger Wilson's memory, c/o Jennifer Knowlton, 63 Lyme Road, Hanover 03755.

Ricker Funeral Home in Lebanon assisted with arrangements.

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Dear Judy, Eric, Jonathan, and Valerie, we were so sorry to hear about your loss. We will keep Roger, as well as all of you in our prayers. He was a wonderful man and you are all a great tribute to him as a husband, father and grandfather.

All our love, Karen, Tommy, Thomas, Shannon and John Curtin

As one of the 'Riverdale' neighborhood kids, I always looked forward to whatever next adventure Roger would suggest we all do! Hiking Cardigan Mt. with as many of us as he could fit in the car was a favorite of mine. He taught us all how to have fun 'cause as my mom always said, "he's just a BIG KID!" I was so fortunate to grow up with Roger as my neighbor. Judy, Eric, Jon, & Val, I want you to know how truly saddened I was to hear of his passing, but I will never forget how...

Judy, Eric, Jonathan, and Valerie, I am very sorry for your loss. I will always remember Roger's sense of humor and his smile. I am sorry I could not attend his funeral.

To Aunt Judy and Cousins Eric, Jonathan & Val,
We are very sorry to hear of Uncle Roger's sudden passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. Love, Cailin & Mark Delaney xo

Judy and Family, My heart is saddened by your loss. Roger will be remembered as a good family man with a wonderful sense of humor and ardent political views(similar to mine) He touched so many lives in his career like ripples in the lake when a stone is tossed. Now his influence will be felt in another way-heavenly! My prayers are with you all during this time. Cath

I had Mr. Wilson for history in 7th Grade and also as a KSC Alumni I would see Mr. Wilson on the streets teaching Driver Ed year round. I always enjoyed saying hello to him and talking and I, along with his former students will miss him.

"Hands on TEN and TWO, aim high in steering, and always leave yourself an out!" Words that I first heard 29 years ago while in Mr. Wilson's drivers education class. What a tremendous person, father, husband and grandfather Rog was. He was a special person who cared deeply about his family and friends, and was always at the ready with a hearty laugh and endless encouragement. You will be missed, Mr. Wilson, but the legacy you left will live on through your children and theirs,...

Judy, We will always remember Upper Baker Pond and such wonderful friendship. We have Florida family in town and do not think we will be able to attend the services. Our thoughts and prayers will be with you and your family. Love Carole and Tom