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Theodore R. “Ted” Wicks

December 26th, 2020

Theodore R. “Ted” Wicks, age 92, a long-time resident of Wilmington, passed away peacefully surrounded by family on December 21, 2020 in the home his father built.

Ted was born on March 5, 1928 in Wilmington, MA; he was the youngest son of the late Jacob and Bessie Wicks. Ted was raised in Wilmington, along with his 5 brothers and 6 sisters and graduated from Wilmington High School with the Class of 1947. Ted furthered his education at Bentley College, where he earned his bachelor’s degree in Accounting

Ted married Beth (McCall) of Winchester, MA in 1952. The couple settled in Wilmington, where they raised their five children: Ted, Peter, Kristine, Jennifer and Melinda. Ted and Beth lived in Wilmington until 1991 before they split their time between Hedding, a Methodist campground in Epping, NH and their Winter home in Clearwater, FL.

When first married Ted worked at the A&P market. Following his graduation from college, Ted went to work as a production manager for an electronics company. After that he moved onto Baybank (now Bank of America) as an Accountant until his retirement in 1991 Ted had a true passion for electronics. He could fix anything, including taking apart, fixing, and reassembling televisions. Ted was very athletic; playing tennis, baseball, softball and he was an avid golfer, even playing in a snow storm with a good friend using orange golf balls. He was always thrilled when the Red Sox won the World Series. Ted played ball on one of the many Wilmington recreational teams; he received a trophy for “The Oldest Player” of all the softball teams. Ted enjoyed getting together with his teammates and the friendships he formed along the way.

He could often be found “puttering around” and since he was so handy, he earned the title of “Mr. Fix-It.” Ted also enjoyed social gatherings; he belonged to the “Dance Party” at the Old Grange Hall. They also started the yearly Wilmington reunion in Florida.

Ted will be remembered for his love of his family. He was a devoted husband, loving father of Ted D. Wicks & his wife Laurel of Billerica, Peter Wicks & his wife Anna of Sandown, NH, Kristine Stone & her husband David of Wilmington, Jennifer Lamb & her husband John of Enfield, NH and Melinda Doherty & her husband Steve of Sturbridge, loving “Grampy” of Matt, Eric, Alexa Stone, Jami Stoll & her husband Brad, Shandra Wall & her husband Steve, Albee Wicks & his wife Kristan, Jason Blackburn & his wife Jamie, Matt Lamb & his wife Kristen, Kyle Wicks & his fiancé Kristin Haglund, Cassidy & Madison Doherty, “Great-Grampy” of Lily, Kira, Wyatt, Charlotte, Zoe, Killian, Avery, and Oliver. He is survived by his sisters; Louise Perkins, Vonnie Welch and Irene Saunders. Ted is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews. He will truly be missed by his family and friends.

Funeral Services for Ted will be private.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in Ted’s name may be made to the Wilmington United Methodist Church, 87 Church Street, Wilmington, MA 01887 or to the Hedding HAA, @ 15 Sanborn Drive, Newfields, NH 03865. Please state the donation is in memory of Ted R. Wicks.

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17 Entries in Guest Book for “Theodore R. “Ted” Wicks”

  1. May Steinruck says:

    Ted was a special man who will be missed at Hedding. Our condolences to his family. It’s wonderful to know that dear family members were able to be with him. I’m sure that was such a comfort to him. Praying for peace for all the Wicks. May & John Steinruck.

  2. Jennifer Rutkauski Marble says:

    Lindy: What an amazing life and a blessing to your family. Hugs and love

  3. Karen (Wicks) Crory says:

    I’m so sorry I cannot be with you physically. Know that I am in spirit and my heart goes out to you all. Uncle Ted lived a long and happy life with a loving family and friends. He will be remembered with great love and fondness. Have pease and joy in your memories of him. ?????????

  4. Karen (Wicks) Crory says:

    The question marks were supposed to be hugs and kisses and a big heart

  5. Lee Peters says:

    I don’t even know where to begin. So glad and blessed to have known you for a significant time in significant part of my life. You were dad #2 as I practically lived at your house and camp for all those years. Thank you so much!! Love, to all

  6. Brenda Zimmerman/Howard Robboy says:

    Howard and I are so sorry for your loss. Ted was a kind and helpful person he will be missed.

  7. Frank West says:

    To The Wicks family- sorry to hear of the loss of your loved one Ted. I did not know him personally but do know his son Ted through scouting. karen and I send our condolences and deepest sympathies.

  8. Gail Naylor says:

    Uncle Ted, what a gem! For many of the recent years you were the brother with three/and four sisters! When your five older brothers went off to war, you were home with your dad and the girls. You were a great listener and a better story teller. Thanks for the memories. How wonderful you said your earthly goodbyes in the house your dad built. Peace be with you. Niece Gail

  9. Doug Winkfield says:

    I’m 62 and don’t know a summer without Ted. Greatly missed already.

  10. Sheila Wicks-Jones says:

    I have so many fond memories of our childhood journeys to Wilmington every summer. It a large family and yet there was always a special bond between all the brothers and sisters. Later it was the visits down in Florida when I would visit and there would always be a get together at Uncle Ted’s. I am glad he was able to find peace in the old homestead that Grandfather Wicks built. Love and peace be with you, Uncle Ted.

  11. Kristen Wilson says:

    Uncle Ted will be missed. I remember childhood memories with family reunions at Hedding, always had a great time. Thinking of you all during this sad time.
    Xo

  12. Cyndy Crane says:

    “Mr Wicks” was a fixture forever @ our beautiful Camp HEDDING.Always a smile and a kind word, especially to the children, but remember when I was a child as well. Say hi to my parents, Rev Phil & Alice Crane & to my brother Steve. Take dad for a round of golf please ! You were a wonderful addition to earth. Now you are another wonderful addition in the home of our Lord.

  13. Douglas L Perkins says:

    Deepest condolences to all…What a wonderful man–and probably my favorite uncle! I’ll never forget him still playing softball with us as late as the 1990’s in Epping for family reunion…then also asking me to lead in a prayer-blessing as we began to feast on the food & fellowship following the games. RIP, Uncle Ted!

  14. Christine Kroken says:

    I haven’t seen Ted in many years but he was a wonderful man and was well loved by all. My condolences to the whole family. You are all in my thoughts and prayers. Love to all of you.

    Christine Blackburn Kroken

  15. George and Dana Dahl says:

    Ted was my second father for my whole life! He was generous to all my family, was a great neighbor and friend. As a teenager, Ted was one I could depend on to listen and be encouraging to all of us. Our deepest sympathies to Mrs. Wicks (Beth) and the Wicks’ children and grandchildren at this most difficult loss. Ted – you will sorely be missed. With love Georgie and Dana

  16. Louise Henderson Cain says:

    To the Wicks family so sorry for your loss. Ted and I were school mates Grace Dame Santo.

  17. Larry Gould says:

    To all the Wicks Family I express to you my most sincere condolences. In the fifty years I had known Ted, I never saw him without a smile on his face. He was one of the nicest man I have known. God bless, and may he rest in peace.

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