John Wild
Varnum Funeral Home Inc
43 East Main St.
West Brookfield, MA
Reverend John H. Wild

Brookfield - The Reverend John Harry Wild gently passed away on Saturday, June 21st, at the Quaboag Rehabilitation and Skilled Care Center in West Brookfield, MA. He was born on October 4, 1927, the beloved only son of Dr. John H. Wild, and Irene (Schmidt) Wild in Buffalo, NY. The family shared their home with his aunt Arvilla 'Billie' Schmidt who showered him with love. John met his half sisters Alma (Wild) Spindler and Ruth Wild later in life and they were welcome additions. As a child, John's family home shared space with his father's medical practice and family life accommodated those office routines. John served in the Army in post WWII occupied Japan where he learned a few phrases in Japanese to facilitate his work as an x-ray technician. Those phrases popped into conversation through-out his life. His memories of the ocean voyage to Japan reinforced that he was happier on terra firma. Following his return home, he continued his studies at the University of NY at Buffalo and in 1953 received a Master's of Divinity at Colgate Rochester Divinity School, Rochester, NY. He began his ministry with his first wife E. Jacqueline Wild serving churches in Utica, NY; Watertown, MA; Brunswick, ME while raising their three children, Becky, Peter, and Mark. Following his marriage to Kathleen in 1984, he served churches in El Paso, TX and then Brookfield, MA. The title Pastor Emeritus of the Brookfield Congregational Church was conferred upon his retirement there at age 79. He will be greatly and lovingly missed by his wife, Kathleen Quinn-Wild, of Brookfield, MA; his children, Rebecca Wild-Wesley and her husband Thomas Wesley of Hopedale, MA; Peter J. Wild; and G. Mark and his wife Susan (Parker) Wild of Brunswick, ME; and Jennifer Weaver of Northampton, MA, and by his grandchildren Hannah, Abigail, and John Wesley; Kylie and Eliza Jane Wild; Caroline and Parker Wild; and Alex and Elijah Howe. John was a gentle man who inspired many by his preaching, and his kind ways. He considered the people in his life as blessings and he loved the simple things of life: his family summer homes in North Boston, NY, and Webster, NH, yard work, washing his cars, refinishing furniture, his dog Tucker, and most of all, chocolate ice cream. He bore these past years of declining health with gentle resignation, always expressing gratitude for his family and caregivers at Quaboag. He never failed to remind us to listen rather than talk, to count blessings rather than misfortune and to be kind to everyone you meet. We would do well to follow his example.

We do not die at the end of life. We die in the midst of life as part of an ongoing process.

"Do not tell them that I died; just say I had business in another world."

Calling hours will be held on Wednesday, June 25th, from 5:00 to 8:00PM at the Varnum Funeral Home, West Brookfield. The Memorial Service for John will be led by his friends/colleagues Revs. Russell and Debra Arnold, and Rev. Richard Jones on Thursday, June 26th, at 11:00AM at the Brookfield Congregational Church, on the Common, Brookfield, MA. Interment will be private at a later time. Memorial donations may be made to the Brookfield Congregational Church's Meditation Garden Fund, P.O. Box 457, Brookfield, MA 01506

Published by Worcester Telegram & Gazette from Jun. 23 to Jun. 24, 2014.
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I have happy memories of John's sermons while a member of the Brookfield congregation, and was thankful that he taught Sara's confirmation class.
Linda Richardson
June 28, 2014
Wild Children---we always knew it was summer when the Wild family arrived in Webster. I remember your dad's gentle and friendly manner. I remember he and my dad conferring about building activities at the house on Battle Street. Remember the good they are both together to continue chatting about projects that need to be completed.
Elaine Anderson Hashem
June 25, 2014
so sorry Kathleen he was a wonderful man and tucker brought him my happeniness and now he will have to doit to youlove lena
lena flewelling
June 25, 2014
My love and prayers are with all of you. The loss of Uncle Jack is very sad and he will be greatly missed.
Cindy Spaulding
June 25, 2014
The light of God shone brightly within you, John. You will be truly missed..
Jennifer Weaver
June 25, 2014
To Rebecca and family of John Wild: Our deepest sympathies to you on the passing of your Father. We will have a chocolate ice cream in his memory on Thursday.

Dave and Beth Terricciano
June 25, 2014
We are forever grateful to this wonderful man who chose our small rural community in NH as his family's summer home. Our abundant memories of times well spent with the Wild family - farming, church suppers, weddings, anniversaries, holidays, Hopkinton Fair, and going to the local dairy bar for an icecream on hot summer nights, etc. Thank you "Jack" for your dedicated friendship and love. Kathleen, Becky, Peter, and Mark (and families) - we are so very sorry for your loss but so grateful for having had the honor to share many years with him in Webster and Brunswick.
Barbara Mock
June 25, 2014
Our loved ones never truly leave us . . . they live on in the kindness they showed, the comfort they shared, and the love they brought into our lives. Kathi and Buster Wright
June 25, 2014
In loving memory of a wonderful person. We will love you and miss you always.
Jeanne Lytle
June 25, 2014
My thoughts and prayers are with the Wild family. John welcomed us into the BCC with warm open arms and always had a kind word. Till we see you again John.
Mariana Baker
June 24, 2014
Thank you for welcoming me to BCC it was the beginning to a new life for me your kindness and shake of your hand was all it took....
Barbara Schauwecker
June 24, 2014
Peter I am so very sorry to hear about your dad. Hold tight to the many memories.
My best!
De Dee Furbish
June 24, 2014
Reverend Wild was a gracious and loving man with the biggest brightest smile for everyone he met and always a kind word. He took time for everyone and instilled inspiration, guidance and wisdom to anyone in need. I feel so blessed to have met him in this life's journey. My deepest condolences to his Lovely wife and family, I will keep you all in my prayers during this difficult time. Rest in Peace John knowing you made a difference to many in this lifetime.
Sheila Frangiamore
June 24, 2014
Our best thoughts for you all at this difficult time. Bobby and Kathy Drown
June 24, 2014
Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Wild families during this time. Remember all of the good times, keeping them close to the heart.
Debbie Hertel- Stroman
June 24, 2014
John, you made a huge difference in my life and I will be forever grateful! You are the gentlest, most caring, loving person I have known. You have done your Father's work well and He is proud!
You will be in my heart forever. 'Til we meet again.
Linda Peirce
June 24, 2014
A true inspiration to all. A loving heart and welcome hand. Proud to call this man a friend. You will be missed until we meet again. Mike & Darlene Dean.
June 24, 2014
Peter, Kylie, and EJ. Our thoughts and prayers are with you always. Love Padi and Rick
June 24, 2014
We will miss you, Grandpa John!
Hannah Wesley
June 24, 2014
Dad, You are alive in my soul and that will never change. You always reminded me that I was not "lucky", but rather "blessed" - and I was by having you as my father. I love you...
Rebecca Wild-Wesley
June 24, 2014
A kind and gentle soul who will be missed and remembered always. We love you Rev. Wild. God Bless You.
Peggy Sullivan
June 24, 2014
Kathleen & Family I am so sorry for your loss. John was a wonderful and kind man and I am thankful to him for so many reasons. He will be greatly missed.
Jean Koleshis
June 24, 2014
I am so thankful for John and the conversations we had. He helped kick off a spiritual journey that continues today. He was a very special man that will be missed deeply. God bless.
Brian Oxman
June 23, 2014
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