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“Ashley & Family,Our thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family at this time. ”
1 of 17 | Posted by: Jack & Diane Martino - NJ

“Breton family in shapleigh wants to send all their love . Phill will be missed . We all loved him very much . ”
2 of 17 | Posted by: Patricia Breton - Shapleigh, ME

“My condolences to Marybeth & Ashley. Philip will be missed much by all who knew him. He was always a warm and cordial character. I was sorry to hear...Read More »
3 of 17 | Posted by: Bennett Ewing - Occidental, CA

“Marybeth and Ashley, I'm so sorry for your loss. I knew him as a kind, gregarious man who always had a smile on his face. ”
4 of 17 | Posted by: Erin Stefanek - Danvers, MA

“To my dear friend, I am so sorry to hear of the passing of your father. He was a kind and generous man. I remember our outing together fondly and how...Read More »
5 of 17 | Posted by: Elisa Raab - Friend

“Phil owns property across the street from my house in Shapleigh Maine. I have known him for a number of years, He and his wife would always stop over...Read More »
6 of 17 | Posted by: Tom Breton - Shapleigh, ME

“Rest in Peace ”
7 of 17 | Posted by: jennifer schaadt - Bluffton, SC

“Marybeth and Ashley You are both in my thoughts and prayers, I will rememberPhillip as the happiest person, who always managed to find a common...Read More »
8 of 17 | Posted by: Linda Ames - medford, MA - Friend

“Marybeth and Ashley,Bill and I are going to miss Phillip everyday and he will always be in our prayers day in and out. Our prayers for you and Ashley...Read More »
9 of 17 | Posted by: Jeannie Acton - Arlington, TX

“Marybeth and Ashley Iam so sorry for your loss. I send my prayers and condolences to you both.Anytime I met Phillip I always remember his big smile...Read More »
10 of 17 | Posted by: Joanne Ball - Melrose, MA

“Ashley,My heartfelt sympathy to you and your family. ”
11 of 17 | Posted by: Terri Fleming

“Remembering our classmate and friend, Phillip W. Wilson '69. He will be remembered at Homecoming 2018 at the alumni memorial service. A candle will...Read More »
12 of 17 | Posted by: Leslie Sebaugh - LaGrange, GA

“I thought of Philip when I read this, this is so true about him. When through one man a little more love and goodness, a little more light and truth...Read More »
13 of 17 | Posted by: Mary ELL DiRosario - AZ - Friend

“We will miss Phillip dearly. He was such an amazing man, full of life and love. He did not have a mean bone in his body. Phillip knew everyone and if...Read More »
14 of 17 | Posted by: Kathy McDonough - Kingston, MA

“My heart aches over the loss of Phillip. He was such an amazing father, a role model and devoted husband. Like we said many times lightheartedly ...Read More »
15 of 17 | Posted by: Mallorie C

“I knew Mr.Wilson by growing up in Melrose. He always had a great sense of humor. He was a talented tile man, and great work ethic. Mr.Wilson loved...Read More »
16 of 17 | Posted by: Daniel Cargill - Melrose, MA

“The Gately Family and Staff wish to express our sincere sympathy to you. It is our hope that we may be able to make a difficult time more bearable....Read More »
17 of 17 | Posted by: John W. Gately, John H. Gately & Fred Sprague


Phillip W. Wilson, of Stoneham, died on October 22, 2017 at the age of 72. Phillip was born and raised in Winchester. A graduate of Fryeburg Academy in Fryeburg, Maine and went on to graduate from Burdett College of Business in Boston and LaGrange College in Georgia. He was a 32nd degree Mason and Shriner. Phillip was the owner of A-1 Ceramic Tile. He loved to travel, garden and cook his famous "Banana Bread." Relaxing in Shapleigh, Maine was his favorite pastime. Phillip was a kind and gentle soul and enjoyed "talking" to people. Phillip was the beloved husband of Mary E. (Keefe) Wilson for 35 years. Loving father of Ashley E. Wilson of Stoneham. Caring brother of Howard D. Wilson and his wife Haila of South Carolina, Georgina M. Acton and her husband William of Texas and Stephen L. Wilson and his love, Laurel Lane of Winchester. Also, survived by many beloved nieces, nephews and cherished friends. Visiting hours will be held at the Gately Funeral Home, 79 W. Foster St., Melrose on Thursday, October 26 from 4-7 PM. Procession from the Gately Funeral Home on Friday, October 27 at 7:45 AM, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at St. Patrick Parish, 71 Central St., Stoneham at 9 AM. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend. Burial will be private.