Henry Wilson, 88, of Main Street, Rowley, passed away peacefully January 16, 2021 with family at his side. He was born on a humble farm on February 15, 1932 in St. Peter’s Bay, Prince Edward Island, Canada and was one of six children of the late John F. and Irene (Whitty) Wilson. Following high school Henry moved closer to family in Massachusetts and settled in Rowley.
Henry was an essential worker before his time and worked in the greater Boston area for First National Stores where he worked in multiple departments and later a store manager. Then following he started his own business and formed Inventory Crews, where he travelled the New England area taking store inventory and many of his First National friends worked with him.
Never sitting idle, Henry later worked at the Rowley Housing Authority in the maintenance department and then Northern Essex Transport and Council on Aging. Henry could repair just about anything and would always make himself available to help senior citizens, driving them to medical appointments, and volunteering to cook holiday meals.
He was extremely proud of his Scottish heritage. Henry frequently visited PEI and enjoyed spending time with family and friends as evidenced in his daily cups of coffee with his Rowley buddies. Other interests included his lawn tractor, photography, listening to Scottish fiddle music, bagpipes, and Boston Bruins hockey.
Henry leaves his brothers, John Wilson of Westfield, MA; Raymond Wilson and his wife Bernie of Prince Edward Island, and his sister Catherine Irma Barrett of Rowley, MA. He was predeceased by his brother Louis Wilson and sister Joan Wilson, sister-in-law Clara Wilson and brother-in-law Daniel Barrett. Other survivors include several cousins, nieces and nephews (some heavenly) who meant the world to him.
He will be deeply missed by family and friends. Henry will be remembered as a wonderful brother, uncle, cousin and friend with a servant’s heart. To honor Henry, please support your local farmers or make a kind gesture to a senior citizen. In lieu of flowers, consider donating to Rowley Council on Aging, 39 Central Street, Rowley, MA 01969.
Henry’s final wishes were to keep family members and friends safe so a Memorial Mass will be celebrated at a later date at St. Mary’s Church, Rowley. Interment will be private.
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