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Robert Wilson In Celebration Of Your Life
Robert Wilson In Memory Of Your Birthday
Place of birth: New York
Robert (Bob) Ott Wilson passed away peacefully on July 19, 2017 in Dover, New Hampshire at the age of 91. He joins his beloved wife Nancy who passed away in January.
Bob was born on April 7, 1926 to George David and Caroline (Ott) Wilson in Queens NY. As a young boy, Bob enjoyed playing with his siblings Nancy and Jack. They spent several childhood summers on the beach in the Hamptons, and once rowed a very unstable homemade boat in New York harbor.
Bob attended high school at the Arms Academy in Shelburne Falls, MA. As a college student at Polytechnic Institute in Brooklyn, he met his future wife, Nancy. Bob and Nancy Wilson were married on June 26, 1948 in Pelham Manor, NY in a double wedding with Nancy’s twin sister and husband. Nancy and Bob raised three children, Robert Jr., Celia, and Hyatt.
As a growing family, Bob’s career led them to settle several communities including Southport, Connecticut, Richboro, Pennsylvania, Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, West Hurley, New York, and Annandale, New Jersey. Bob played a role in the early computer memory manufacturing as division manager of Bryant Computing Products – a pioneer in core memory, drum and early disk memory. He later took the memory division of Ferroxcube private, and led it into the nascent power-shedding technology as president of FX Systems. His latest venture in electronics was as marketing director of Dranetz Corporation, a major player in powerline monitoring.
In 1990, Bob and Nancy retired to their final home in Queensbury, New York, where they could enjoy frequent visits to their lakeside cabin in Vermont. Bob enjoyed a hobby of restoring watches and clocks and antiquing with Nancy. The Wilson home enjoyed the chiming of dozens of antique clocks and was filled with unique treasures that they’d found together. He often told the story of bringing parts of a grandfather clock project with him on business trips and claimed his sanding efforts “left sawdust in at least twenty hotels.” Bob was also a grand tinkerer with cars and car engines, building one car almost completely from parts.
Bob and Nancy’s legacy will be in the beautiful retreat that they built together in Vermont for generations to enjoy. Bob will be remembered for his unmatched determination, inquisitive mind, dry humor, and kind smile. He loved his family with his whole heart.
Robert Wilson’s memory will be cherished by his three children, Robert Jr. (Linda) Wilson of Northborough, MA, Celia (Philip) Logsdon of Reading, MA, and Hyatt (Mary) Wilson of Dover, NH. He is also survived by 10 grandchildren, David Sanchez-Wilson, Meredith (Ben) Yoder, Elizabeth (Steven) Logsdon Tropello, Mary (Kyle) Imes, Mark (Sarah) Logsdon, Jacquelyne Wilson, Jacob Wilson, Katie Wilson, Aren (Samantha) Wilson, and Ben (Starr) Wilson as well as 14 great-grandchildren who each adored him. He will also be remembered by the wonderful staff at Watson Fields nursing home where he was lovingly cared for in his final years.
A family memorial service for Robert Wilson will be held in the fall at Sunset Lake, Vermont.