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Gerald 'Chick' Wilson, 82; Teacher in Greenwich, Stamford, Wilton Schools

A memorial gathering will be held Saturday, March 22.


Gerald (Chick) Wilson, a retired teacher, died on Thursday, March 13, 2014 at The Nathaniel Witherell nursing home in Greenwich. He was 82.
 
He was born Jan. 12, 1932, the youngest son of George W. and Lola McClintock Wilson. 

Chick graduated from Lincoln High School, Ellwood City, PA in 1949. Afterwards to Geneva College in Beaver Falls, PA, graduating in 1955. He did graduate work and taught at Indiana University, Bloomington, IN and received his master's degree in English in 1959.

Deciding on teaching as a profession and wanting to move East, he became an English teacher at the Roosevelt School in Stamford. His next job was at Brunswick School in Greenwich. From there he went to teach at Wilton High School in Wilton. He spent the rest of his teaching career there until his retirement in 1992.

His great interest and hobby was the music of the '30s, '40s, and '50s. From the age of 14, he started collecting records of the big bands and singers, especially Frank Sinatra. Later, he became the 'go to' person for people wanting information on the music of the era. He also enjoyed giving talks to local groups.

He is survived by his wife Barbara (nee Roberts), his daughters, Clare Wilson and Elaine Wilson, and sister, Sylvia Wilson of Monroeville, PA, along with 11 nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by two sisters and two brothers. 

A memorial gathering to honor Mr. Wilson's life will be held from noon to 3 p.m. on Saturday, March 22, at the Leo P. Gallagher & Son Funeral Home, 31 Arch St., Greenwich.
 
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in his honor to the Salvation Army - https://donate.salvationarmyusa.org as well as The Friends of the Cos Cob Library, 5 Sinawoy Rd. Cos Cob, CT 06807.
A resident March 20, 2014 at 02:27 PM
From one Ellwoodian to another, Chick will be missed. He always had 1001 anecdotes to share about music, films, literature, and pop culture in general. Jazz record collectors would come from as far away as Japan to scour his collection when he lived in Cos Cob. Wayne Campbell also originally from Ellwood City and late of the Greenwich Library.

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