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470 Massachusetts Avenue
PO Box 882
Acton, MA 01720
Phone: 978-263-5333
Fax: 978-263-8193
Thomas G.

Thomas G. "Tom" Wildman

Thursday, May 23rd, 2019
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Thomas Grayson Wildman, 63, of Acton, Massachusetts, passed away from complications of a heart attack on May 23, 2019, at Lahey Hospital in Burlington, Massachusetts, surrounded by his loving family.

Tom is survived by his wife, Susan, and their two daughters, Elizabeth and Catherine. He also leaves his two brothers and their families: James Wildman and his wife Jan of New Milford, Connecticut and their children Leigh, Andrew and Mark; John Wildman and his wife Jane of Cincinnati, Ohio and their sons Jack and Patrick; and his cousins, Sarah Geer, Anne Geer and their families, along with many friends.

Born on January 12, 1956 in Cincinnati, Ohio, Tom was the son of Walter B. and Patricia (Grayson) Wildman. He fell in love with computers at the age of twelve and went on to graduate from Case Western University with a degree in Computer Engineering. He had a life-long love of computers, all things electrical, along with a fascination with NASA and the Apollo missions. After college, he worked for Digital Equipment Corporation (DEC), Apollo Computer, and later Hewlett-Packard as a Project Manager. For the last two years he was employed at Robinson's Hardware in Framingham, making dear friends of his coworkers and customers in the store.

By far, the most important thing in Tom's life were his children, Ellie and Catie. He was very involved in their lives, being a great soccer Dad, carpooling daily to school, and always being their Mr. Fix-It. He emphasized kindness and compassion, and taught them to appreciate the intricacies and engineering in nature and the world around them. He was so very proud of the adults they had become.

Tom loved being outdoors, hiking, canoeing, and just relaxing outside with his tea at sunset. During his teenage years, he canoed the Seal River in Canada with friends from Camp Kooch-i-ching. He cherished hiking Mt. Wachusett with his daughters nearly every October.

When Tom and his wife Susan bought a horse farm in Bolton, he became an adept farm manager, maintaining the property and caring for the horses. (His personal favorite was the thirty-four-year old gelding named Chad.) The family's animals adored him - dogs, cats, horses, goats, a rabbit, a guinea pig and a tortoise - not only for his generosity with his animal cookies but for his gentleness and love. Tom was involved in his community as well, serving for many years on Bolton's Election Committee and Park and Recreation Committee. He volunteered for over ten years with the Just 'Cause Walk, along with his wife, raising money for breast cancer research and the Virginia Thurston Healing Garden in Harvard. From the outpouring of love and sympathy we have received, Tom will be most remembered for his kindness, his calm and understanding manner, and his ability to truly listen to people from all walks of life.

A celebration of his life and memorial service will be held on Saturday, June 29th, 2019 at 11:OOam at the Harvard Unitarian Universalist Church in Harvard, MA.

In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Tom may be made to the Massachusetts Audubon Society www.massaudobon.org or the Camping Education Foundation at www.campingedu.org (Kooch-i-Ching and it's sister organization, Ogichi Daa Kwe). For a life story, directions, or to leave an online condolence visit www.actonfuneralhome.com
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    Saturday, June 29th, 2019 | 11:00am
    When
    Saturday, June 29th, 2019 11:00am
    Location
    Harvard Unitarian-Universalist Church
    Address
    9 Ayer Road
    HARVARD, MA 01451
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    In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Tom may be made to the Massachusetts Audubon Society www.massaudobon.org or the Camping Education Foundation at www.campingedu.org (Kooch-i-Ching and it's sister organization, Ogichi Daa Kwe).

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Kathy Barry

Posted at 03:52pm
Tom was a kind person always willing to help. I worked with him at the Bolton elections. He oversaw the counters, and we had to check and make sure the write-ins were registered. Tom oversaw us, gently correcting someone when they didn’t understand. Tom had a great sense of humor and was well liked by everyone. He also gave me a ride home from the polls and I looked forward to chatting with him on the way home.
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Kathy Barry

Posted at 03:52pm
Tom was a kind person always willing to help. I worked with him at the Bolton elections. He oversaw the counters, and we had to check and make sure the write-ins were registered. Tom oversaw us, gently correcting someone when they didn’t understand. Tom had a great sense of humor and was well liked by everyone. He also gave me a ride home from the polls and I looked forward to chatting with him on the way home.
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Sonia

Posted at 09:36am
Please accept my sincere condolences for your loss.
May the peace of God that surpasses all understanding guard your hearts and your mental powers by means of Christ Jesus.” (Phil. 4:7) May the hope of a resurrection right here on a restored earth bring you comfort. (John 5:28, 29) Do not be amazed at this, for the hour is coming in which all those in the memorial tombs will hear his voice 29 and come out, those who did good things to a resurrection of life) Psalm 37:11, 29) But the meek will possess the earth, And they will find exquisite delight in the abundance of peace. The righteous will possess the earth, And they will live forever on it.

My deepest sympathy
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