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Angus ‘Bud’ Wilson

Angus ‘Bud’ Wilson of Ipswich, formerly of Wayland, passed away July 8, 2010 at Addison Gilbert Hospital in Gloucester.  He was the husband of Doris (Huff) Wilson, who he married June 14, 1952 in Akron, Ohio.

Angus Francis Wilson was born August 13, 1920 in Mexico Maine.  He was the son of Margaret (McManus) Wilson from Carrigallen, Ireland, and Angus Mitchell Wilson, from Markinch, Scotland.  He grew up in Roaring Spring, PA and graduated from Georgetown University in Washington, D.C.   Mr. Wilson spent most of his career as a rubber chemist at the the U.S. Army Natick Soldier Research Development and Engineering Center in Natick MA, and was the Chief of Polymer Applications where he received a number of citations and held several patents.  Although he was deferred from service, he elected to serve as an officer in the U.S. Navy during WW II as a Lieutenant (JG).  He served as a Radio Officer on several aircraft carriers in the Pacific, earning the usual medals including battle stars.

Bud lived in Wayland from 1954 until 1980, when he and his wife retired to their summer home in Ipswich.  They spent winters in Seminole, Florida, and during their annual trips along the east coast visited many historic homes and museums, a hobby they pursued throughout the United States.  Along with his wife, Bud enjoyed being a tour guide in the Great House at Castle Hill in Ipswich for over twenty years, since tours were started in 1983.

Bud had a great love of the arts including literature, architecture and classical music.  He was a self-taught craftsman and pursued creative endeavors of all kinds including wood carving, fine woodworking, oil painting, and silk screen design.  He received a blue ribbon each time he entered his wood carvings at the Topsfield Fair, culminating in a Best of Show award for his last entry.   One year he silk-screened and donated 6000 Christmas cards to be sold by charities.  To the delight of his family, he made their home a reflection of his handiwork, with custom cabinets, built-ins, carvings, and restored antique architectural features.  Bud also enjoyed gardening and sailing and was a member of the Ipswich Bay Yacht Club.  Bud was a kind-hearted, unassuming man who will be remembered for his quick wit, quiet demeanor, charitable spirit, and devotion to his family and home.

He is predeceased by his sister Muriel, who died in childhood, and his younger daughter Lea Wilson MacInnis who died in 1984.  In addition to his wife he leaves a daughter Ann, her husband Peter Lambertus, and granddaughter Sarah, all of Lexington; and son-in-law Scott MacInnis of Woburn.  

A private memorial service is planned for late August. Arrangements by the Whittier-Porter Funeral Home of Ipswich.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Lea Wilson MacInnis Scholarship Fund at Boston College, University Advancement Office, More Hall, 140 Commonwealth Ave., Chestnut Hill, MA  02467; or Addison Gilbert Hospital, Foundation Office, 298 Washington St, Gloucester, MA 01930-9971.

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