Frederick J. Wilk, 87
BIDDEFORD -- Frederick J. Wilk, 'Fred,' 87, died on March 5, 2014, at Southern Maine Medical Center with his loving family at his side.
Fred was the son of the late Jan and Antonina (Trela) Wilk. He was born in Manchester, N.H., on May 10, 1926, attended Manchester schools, and graduated Syracuse University, 1951.
He was predeceased by his brother Joseph; and is survived by his wife of over 58 years, Pauline Gleason Wilk; his four children and their spouses, Kathleen Wilk, Kevin and Nina Wilk, Sharon and Rick Boutilier, Tom and Kristina Wilk; and nine grandchildren, Matthew, Kevin, Christopher, Rachel, Brendan, Joshua, Nolan, Ethan and Maris.
Fred served in the U.S. Army
1944-1946 with the 78th Infantry Division in Europe. At the end of hostilities in Europe, he served in the Special Services and played hockey on the Army Special Services Hockey team that went undefeated until losing to Patton's 3rd Army Team in the European Championship held at Garmisch-Partenkirchen, site of the 1936 Winter Olympic
Games. After receiving his R.O.T.C. commission from Syracuse University in 1951, he was called back into service with the U.S. Air Force
during the Korean War
. Aside from his family and faith, ice hockey, the Red Sox and the U.S. military were his great passions.
Upon graduating from Syracuse University, Fred went to work for Northeastern Engineering, Inc. in Manchester where he worked in Production, Accounting and Personnel Departments. In 1956, he was the Personnel Manager for B.G.S. Co. until it closed operations in 1957. Later that year, he was hired as a Management Trainee by Allstate Insurance Co. in St. Petersburg, Fla. By 1958, he became the Personnel Manager of the Dallas Regional Office in Dallas, Texas, and in 1962 he was promoted to Allstate's largest Regional Office in Skokie, Ill. He remained with Allstate until 1968 when he was hired by the Fidelity Union Trust Co. as Vice President of Personnel in Newark, N.J. After 10 years with Fidelity, Fred retired from corporate life and returned to his native New Hampshire in 1978 as the proprietor of the Brick Tower Motor Inn in Concord, N.H., which he operated until 1998.
Thereafter, he and Pauline fully retired to Kennebunk, where they resided together until his passing.
Visiting hours will be held on Sunday, March 9, 2014, from 2-4 p.m., at Bibber Memorial Chapel, 67 Summer St., Kennebunk. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Monday, March 10, 2014, at 11 a.m., at Holy Spirit Parish, St. Martha's Church with the Rev. Father Thomas Murphy. A spring committal will be held at New Hampshire State Veterans Cemetery in Boscawen, N.H., with military honors. Arrangements are in care of Bibber Memorial Chapel, Kennebunk. www.bibberfuneral.com
Should friends desire, memorial donations may be made to Wounded Warrior Project in Fred's honor www.woundedwarriorproject.org/
or 4899 Belfort Rd., Suite 300
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Frederick J. Wilk