Robert W. Wilder, Sr.
BROOKFIELD - Robert W. Wilder, Sr., 82, died on Sunday, November 29, 2015 at home. He was born in the Quabbin Town of Enfield, MA. He was predeceased by his wife Nancy (Cronin) Wilder in May of 2015. He leaves a son Robert W. Jr. of Brookfield, daughters Brenda O'Connor and Barbara Wilder of Palmer; three half brothers Dick Turner and James Hayden of Bangor, ME and Sonny Hayden of Florida. He was predeceased by two half brothers and two half sisters.
Bob was educated in the Warren and Brookfield Schools, graduated "Pro Merito" and Co- valedictorian of his class. He received his associates degree from Marine Corps Institute Quantico, VA. . His specialty was military science and hydraulics. Bob was a US Marine Corp Veteran serving in the Korean War and proudly served nearly nine years from 1951-1960 retiring as Staff Sergeant. He sought employment as an aerospace engineer for 25 years, retired, and then worked at Old Sturbridge Village as an interpreter. He was a life member of the Quaboag Historical Society, Swift River Historical Society, Friends of the Quabbin, Marine Corps Assoc. and the Ware Chapter of the Marine Corps League.
Bob was a lifelong student of local and Central MA. history. He gave lectures in many schools, historical societies, churches, libraries, etc. focusing on the early period from 1600 until the 20th century. He had more than a dozen historical books credit his contributions. Today, 55 large color maps of his making reside at the Merrick Public Library in Brookfield. He was awarded citations from the MA. Senate and House of Representatives for his many discoveries of ancient sites in many local towns. He found and contributed many relics that now reside in local towns throughout central MA.
Relatives and friends are invited to attend a calling hour on Thursday, December 3, 2015 from 11:30-12:30PM in Pillsbury Funeral Home, 3 West Brookfield Rd., Brookfield. The funeral will follow at 12:45PM in the funeral home. Burial with Military Honors will be in Brookfield Cemetery. Please visit:Pillsburyfuneralhome.com
Published by Worcester Telegram & Gazette from Nov. 30 to Dec. 1, 2015.