Windham, NH — Thomas Aaron Wilson, 93, of Windham, N.H., died on June 9, 2013, after a period of declining health. He was born in his family homestead in Windham on July 26, 1919, the only son of Clarence H. and Margaret T. (Shea) Wilson.
Thomas was a 1937 graduate of Woodbury High School in Salem, N.H. At the age of eighteen, with a desire to “work on airplanes,” Thomas secured employment at Hamilton Standard, a division of United Aircraft Corporation. He started out as a mechanic assisting engineering personnel in the Experimental Department. He also worked on propeller assembly, and during these early years he gained the technical expertise which would serve him well throughout a forty-year career as a Hamilton Standard Technical Representative. Thomas worked on contract with the United States Navy, as well as the United States Air Force in military installations throughout the United States, to include Maryland, Arizona, California, Texas, New Mexico, Hawaii, Georgia, South Carolina, Rhode Island and Maine. He also travelled throughout the world with military contracts in the Marianas, Guam, the Philippines, Turkey, Egypt and China.
Pinnacles of his career included an historic September 1948, delivery flight of the first forty-passenger, 300 mile-per-hour pressurized Convair-Liner aircraft, which travelled 19,000 miles from San Diego, Calif., to Melbourne, Australia for Trans Australia Airlines. He was also particularly proud of his involvement with VXE-6 deployments to Antarctica over a three-year period. Family members will always remember a scratchy ham radio phone call from the South Pole from their Dad!
As world travelled as he was, Thomas reveled most in being home with his beloved wife, Anne, and his children. His children remember him as one who would return home from work to a houseful of kids, roll up his shirtsleeves and dive into helping with meal preparation in his shirt, boxer shorts and socks! He was committed to each and every one of his children, throughout his long life, and loved attending family events where his growing family honored life’s trials and tribulations with tight-knit togetherness.