Trueman "T. T." Wilson
Trueman Townsend (TT) Wilson passed away peacefully with his children by his side on February 25, 2019.
He was born August 23, 1934 to the late James Townsend Wilson and Eleanor (Morton) Wilson Graham in West Branch, NB. In July of 1958, he married Elizabeth (Betty) Beckwith.
After receiving his teaching certificate, he moved to Salisbury where he taught Industrial Arts. During his teaching career he continued his education with his family in tow, earning his Bachelor of Science in Education from completing much coursework at Bradley University in Peoria, Illinois and his Masters Degree with a specialty in Metallurgy from the University of Wisconsin, Stout. Trueman was an Officer with the Salisbury Air Cadet Squadron taking him and his family to Greenwood for enjoyable summers.
In 1967, with the incorporation of the Village of Salisbury, Trueman served as the first Mayor and he also led the organization of Salisbury’s first Fire Department in 1973 and served as the Fire Chief until 1976. His strong commitment to community was extensive and enduring as was exemplified in being the longest standing member of the Salisbury Lions Club and serving as the Club President from 1983-84.
Trueman was a man of knowledge and skills and he shared both of these assets generously with his children, grandchildren, students, and friends. He was the go-to for fix it, build it, and general opinions about just about anything. His hobbies and interests were vast. He was an avid reader from the time he was a boy until he passed. In his youth he enjoyed fishing, hunting, trapping, building and racing stock cars. Following retirement, he built a Maine lobster fishing boat that he and Betty enjoyed on the waters of the Northumberland Strait. In winter, he and Betty spent time on the beach in Florida. In recent years he enjoyed his morning coffee, pool and cards at the Press Club, tapping trees in spring time for his maple syrup, cutting wood for the winter, doing his crossword puzzles, and visits with his family.
He was predeceased by his mother, father, sister Betty, son-in-law Rick, brother-in-law Lee, niece Nora, and stepfather Harrison.
Trueman will be missed greatly and fondly remembered by his wife Betty, his children Shane (Debbie), Shelley (the late Rick Murphy), Stacy (Josette), his brother Freddie (Winnie) and his sister Carol, his grandchildren Regan, Colin, Hayley, Daniel and Timothy along with his sister and brother-in-laws, nieces and nephews and many friends.
A Celebration of Trueman’s Life will be held on Saturday March 2, 2019 at 11:00am at the Salisbury Funeral Home, 3350 Route 106 (506-372-4800). A reception will follow.