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.