John Francis Wilson, lifelong resident of Springfield, passed away unexpectedly at his home on Tuesday, February 16, 2021 at the age of 71.
John was born on December 3, 1949, in Springfield, MA, a son of William C. and Alice C. (Clark) Wilson.
He was raised and educated in Springfield and was a graduate of Springfield Technical High School and later received his Associates degree from Springfield Technical Community College.
John served his country honorably in the U.S. Army as Specialist 4, during the Vietnam War.
He continued to serve his country in the Army Reserves for several years, until joining the Air Force Reserve in 1982 and retiring from the Reserves in 1995 as a Staff Sergeant.
John held a long career that spanned over 30 years, as an inspector, with the Springfield Water Department.
He was known by family and friends as a quiet and humble man.
John enjoyed fishing and playing golf with his buddies.
He was an avid fan of sports and was a strong supporter of the Red Sox, Patriots, Bruins and Celtics.
John enjoyed the thrill of gambling, whether it was at the casinos, a friendly poker game with his friends, or just playing dominos.
He leaves behind his loving sister, Ellen Beery and her husband, John J. of Peru, MA, and nieces, Kara Beery Gebo and her husband, Daniel, and their son, Quintin, Carly Beery, and Maggie (Beery) Hannah and her husband, Adam, and their son, Emmett; several extended family members, and many close friends.
In addition to his parents, John was predeceased by his brother, William C. Wilson in 2012.
A period of visitation will be held for John on Thursday, February 25, from 10 – 11:30 a.m. at Hafey Springfield Chapels, 494 Belmont Ave., followed by service in the funeral home. Committal prayers and burial with military honors at Hillcrest Memorial Park Cemetery will be private.
In lieu of flowers, donations in John’s name may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758516, Topeka, KS 66675-8516. For online condolences please visit www.hafeyfuneralservice.com
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