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John “Jack” Wilson, age 64, of Centerbrook, formerly of Meriden, died Sept. 30 after a brief but intense bout with cancer. He died surrounded by his loved ones. Jack leaves behind his partner Eileen Proctor; daughters Samantha Garesio (Ryan) and Taylor Wilson; grandsons Jameson and Cameron Garesio and their “love cousin” Maggie Sullivan; brother Pete Wilson (Darianne); sisters Carol English (Al) and Margaret Wilson; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, and dear friends. Jack was predeceased by his parents Robert and Nancy (Crosthwait) Wilson.
Jack was immensely proud of his daughters and loved his grandchildren. He was a veteran of the Coast Guard and delighted in telling stories of his time in the service, his time on the icebreaker USCGC Northwind and his travels to the Arctic and Antarctica. He was an avid golfer, wicked big Red Sox fan, and coffee aficionado.
He graduated from Maloney High School in Meriden (class of 1974) and graduated from UConn after his service. Jack’s professional life included several years at Travelers Insurance Company in Hartford and twenty plus years at Tuttle Collection, and he enjoyed semi-retirement as a purveyor at Trove in Old Saybrook.
Donations in Jack’s memory may be made to The National Coast Guard Museum Association, Development Dept., 78 Howard St., Ste. A, New London, CT 06320 (note on the check “In memory of Jack Wilson”). All funeral services are private and are under the direction of the John J. Ferry & Sons Funeral Home, 88 East Main St., Meriden, CT 06450. For online condolences please visit jferryfh.com.