In his later years, Thomas was a shining example to family and friends of how one loves fiercely, as he cared for his wife, Anne, during her lengthy illness prior to her death in 2006. He then showed his true New Hampshire Yankee tenacity as he battled cancer and declining health with physical rebounds akin to the fieriest phoenix!
Thomas was also always proud that he continued to live independently in the Wilson homestead in Windham, where generations of Wilsons have lived for over two hundred years. Passers –by, who would stop in for a visit, would invariably be treated to a tour of the old homestead, his beloved “bahn,” and the wooded lanes where he put the cows out to pasture, on chilly New Hampshire mornings, as a barefoot New Hampshire boy. The walls at the Depot Road house, and all of our hearts, will forever hold all of the many stories of his life with the same tenacity as that young boy riding the birches on his grandfather’s land.
Thomas is predeceased by his wife of sixty-four years, Anne. He is also pre-deceased by an infant son, Joseph Aaron; his daughter, Margaret T. LaFleur of Derry, N.H.; and sister, Helen Wilson Bolton of Londonderry, N.H.
He is survived by his children, Mary J. Massa and husband, Joseph of Derry; Thomas A. Wilson and wife, Mary Jane of Milton, MA; William T. Wilson and wife, Babette of Derry; Cornelius Wilson and wife, Roxanne of Derry; Frank O. Wilson of Windham; Madeline Bergeron and husband, Dennis of New Boston, N.H.; Helen McCarty and husband, Normand of Sparta, N.J; Patricia L. Fowler and husband Christopher of Derry; and Nancy J. Riddervold and husband, James of Clifton Park, N.Y. He is also survived by 19 grandchildren, 13 great grandchildren and 2 great-great grandchildren.