Richard “Dick” W. Wildes, 76, of Little Compton and Alstead, N.H., died on Saturday, June 1, 2013, at Genesis Center in Keene, NH.
He was born the son of the late Ines (Shaw) and Theodore Wildes on November 3, 1936 in Dartmouth, Massachusetts. He was educated in Little Compton and graduated from the Wilbur School, Class of 1954. Dick attended the University of Rhode Island for one year. He left college to enlist in the U.S. Air Force. Dick was honorably discharged at the rank of Airman First Class.
On July 11, 1964 he exchanged vows with Joanne N. Rawson at the United Congregational Church in Little Compton. They have been married for almost 49 years.
Dick worked for the Simplex Grinnell Company in Providence. He was a designer of sprinkler systems for fire protection. He retired in 1998 after 36 years of employment.
Dick was a member of the Lions Club, J.C.’s, a volunteer fireman and member of the rescue personnel. He enjoyed collecting and restoring antique cars, especially Packards, Auburns and Corvettes. He also liked to travel when it was convenient.
Mr. Wildes is survived by his wife, Joanne Wildes of Alstead, NH and Little Compton. He also leaves his children, Linda S. Donnelly and her husband Robert of Bar Harbor, Maine, Jonathan “Glenn” Wildes and his wife Wendy of Alstead, NH, and Scott A. Paquette and his wife Tiffany who is stationed in Georgia with the U. S. Army. His siblings, Horace Wildes, Winifred Monger, Mildred LeVecchi, Francis Wildes and Glenn Wildes. He also leaves four grandchildren, Nicole Watkins, Kristen Watkins, Jonathan “Jack” Wildes and Daniel Wildes, in addition to cousins, nieces, nephews, extended family and friends. Dick is pre-deceased by Merrick Wildes.
A celebration of life service will be held on Saturday, June 22,, at 11 a.m. at Kings Grant Fellowship, 1000 West Main Road, Portsmouth. A memorial service will also be held on Saturday, June 29, at 1 p.m. in the West Cemetery, Rt. 123, Alstead, NH, with additional parking being provided at 9 Inlet Cove Road. There are no calling hours. Donations can be made in memory of Richard W. Wildes to: Opportunity Farm for Boys and Girls, 215 Gloucester Hill Rd. New Gloucester, ME. 04260. or to the Alzheimer’s Association National Office,225 N. Michigan Ave. Chicago, Il. 60601.
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