Obituary: James Milton Wilson, 78

by | Jan 23, 2015

Varnum Armory

Jim Wilson, left, with Ron Sullman at the 2014 Veteran’s Day parade. Credit: Lydia Raposa

East Greenwich icon, James M. Wilson, age 78, of Shoreside Apts., EG, passed away at Brentwood Nursing Home, on Jan. 20, after an extended illness.

Jim was the son of the late Nelson H. and Emma K. Wilson and a familiar figure in East Greenwich for over 50 years.

For almost 40 years, Jim was the security officer and business manager of the Varnum Memorial Armory in East Greenwich. At various times, he was employed by the Town of East Greenwich, Country Squires Real Estate, and Urquhart/Murphy Funeral Home in Warwick.

Jim was a former member of the R.I. Army National Guard, a major in the Rhode Island Militia, and an honorary member of the Kentish Guards, R.I.M. He was also an honorary R.I. State Fire Marshal, an honorary member of Lodge #19 F.O.P., and an honorary member of the Kent County Medical Society.  Jim was a true patriot and direct descendant of the Revolutionary War Hero Nathaniel Stowell.

Jim is survived by his niece Marjorie Kondrack of Mount Laurel, N.J., cousins Lydia Lefebvre and Dorothy Bonenfant, both of Warwick,  and many friends and acquaintances.

A  Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Monday, Jan. 26, at 11 a.m. in Our Lady of Mercy Church, Fourth Ave., East Greenwich. Relatives and friends are invited and may call on Sunday Jan. 25, 2015, from 2 to 4 p.m. in the Urquhart/Murphy Funeral Home, 800 Greenwich Ave., Warwick. Burial will take place in East Greenwich Cemetery.

The online obituary and condolence page can be found here.

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3 Comments

  1. Gene Dumas

    Great send off for Jimmy today. OLM, Kentish Guards and Varnum Continentals all contributed superbly.

    RIP Major!

    Reply
    • Elizabeth McNamara

      Wow. Glad to hear it!

      Reply
  2. RON

    THE FAMILY OF THE LATE JAMES M. WILSON, WISH TO EXPRESS THEIR SINCERE THANKS TO COL WARREN KAYE AND THE MEMBERS OF THE KENTISH GUARDS FOR THEIR TRIBUTE TO JIM AT HIS CALLING HOURS AND ALSO AT JIM’S CHURCH SERVICE AT OUR LADY OF MERCY CHURCH AND AT THE CEMETERY. IT WAS A VERY MOVING TRIBUTE TO MAJOR WILSON, WHICH WE KNOW JIM WOULD HAVE LOVED. THANK YOU KENTISH GUARDS!

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