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Obituary of Mark William Wilson
Mark William Wilson’s life story ended abruptly on Tuesday afternoon, April 5, doing what he loved with his best friend – on the frisbee golf course in Guilford, fifty-seven years after his birth on January 23 in Washington, DC. After his early years in Maryland and Virginia, he moved to Westbrook, CT in 1971. From age 17, he worked in restaurants all around the shoreline, eventually going to St. John, USVI, for 10 seasons, where he indulged his love of the water, especially diving and sailing. After Hurricane Maria blew the restaurants off the island he returned to Westbrook, resuming his restaurant life and graduating from New England School of Engineering, specializing in electronics. He was fortunate to find opportunity at Whelen Engineering, where he was recognized for his leadership, technical knowledge, and fix-it skills. Golf and frisbee golf became new passions, including trips to Ireland and Scotland with golfing buddies. All along the way he reveled in the people he met and worked with. Mark grieved the death of his brother, Russell, in 1986 and his father, Ted (also Russell) in 1989, with an enduring love that surfaced at the strangest times. Only his mother, Marie, remains of this once tight-knit family. Not only will Mark live on in our hearts, he lives in the people who received his no longer needed tissues; may they use them well. Family and friends will meet at St. Paul Lutheran Church, 56 Great Hammock Rd., Old Saybrook, for a memorial service on Saturday, April 16, at 11AM. Those who want to join in creating a lasting memory should consider a donation to the Susie Foundation, 15 Carleton Rd., West Hartford, CT 06107, which provides help for families living with ALS. Live life to the fullest, Make a difference along the way, And you will live forever.