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Raymond C. Wilt

Raymond C.  Wilt, 76, husband of Mary V. (Giancola) Wilt of County Road and formerly of James Road, Ipswich, died Friday, May 1, 2015 in the Edith Nourse Rogers Memorial Veterans Hospital in Bedford following his long illness.

Born in Peabody February 16, 1939 son of the late Arthur S. and Harriet (Evans) Wilt he was raised in Salem and Essex where he attended public schools,  a 1957 graduate of Gloucester High School. During the Vietnam Era, 1961 to 1964, he served in the U.S. Army. Married in 1964 in Salem the Wilts made their home briefly in Salem, Essex, Londonderry, NH and in Ipswich for over thirty-five years.

During these years he was employed as an electrician, having worked many years for Cooney Electric in Gloucester, later employed at Rule Industries, Gloucester, from which he retired.

He spent many leisure hours building and operating his model trains.

In addition to his wife Mary of fifty years he is survived a son, Christopher T. Wilt and his wife Iwona of Ipswich; a daughter, Kathleen E. Fitzgerald and her husband Edward of Wakefield; four grandchildren, Lucas and Alexander Wilt both of Ipswich, Katelyn and Lauren Fitzgerald both of Wakefield; a sister, Harriet R. Wilt of SC and a cousin, Richard MacKinnon of Salem.

His funeral service will be held 11 am, Wednesday, May 6 in the Whittier-Porter Funeral Home, 6 High Street, Ipswich followed by interment with Army Honors in the Cowles Memorial Cemetery, Ipswich. Family and friends are respectfully welcomed.  Visiting hours will be 4 to 7 pm Tuesday, May 5. Memorial contributions in his name may be made to The Pancreatic Cancer Action Network, 1500 Rosecrans Avenue, Suite 200, Manhattan Beach, CA 90226.


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