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John Robert Wilson
  • Passed away on November 14, 2020

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John Robert Wilson, 76, of Leesburg, FL passed away on November 14, 2020 at his home while under Cornerstone Hospice Care.  John was born in Cambridge, MD on August 22, 1944 to his late parents, Thomas Woodrow and Evelyn Wilson.  He graduated from Cambridge High School in 1962 and attended Wesley Junior College, Dover, DE before graduating from Washington College, Chestertown, MD with a BA degree in Economics.

John was employed by the State of Maryland, Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services, Division of Parole and Probation for 32 years before retiring in 1997 as a Field Supervisor.  He also worked for H&R Block for 30 years as a tax preparer, office manager and Enrolled Agent.

John, (Pop Pop) is survived by his wife, Joan, of 45 years, two step daughters, Terri B. Engelberg (Kent), of Frederick, MD, Penny M. Gallagly (Gavin), of Tampa, FL, five grandsons, Chad M. Furlough, Nicholas C. Furlough, Ian E. Gallagly, Connor B. Gallagly, and Maxwell J. Gallagly, , two step grandchildren, Eric Engelberg, and Rachel Wilhide, two great granddaughters, Harper Furlough and Selah Furlough, and one great grandson, George, one brother, Thomas W. Wilson (Wendy), of Cambridge, MD, one niece Bambi Stevens (Howard), of Cantonsville, MD and one nephew, Toby Wilson (Julie) of Ellicott City, MD.

John served on numerous church committees through the years the last being at The First United Methodist Church, Clermont, FL. He was a sports enthusiast, umpiring for adult baseball teams, and enjoyed golfing, reading, particularly historical material as well as spending time with family and close friends.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Cornerstone Hospice Foundation, 2445 Lane Park Road Tavares, FL 32778 https://cornerstonehospice.org/

Services to be scheduled at a later date.


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  1. 20 Nov 2020
    Jim and Sandy Gent lit a candle:
    Lit since November 20, 2020 at 11:54:28 PM

  2. 20 Nov 2020
    Charlie and Sue Mench lit a candle:
    Lit since November 20, 2020 at 11:48:36 PM

  3. 19 Nov 2020
    Terri and John Willis lit a candle:
    Lit since November 19, 2020 at 11:20:35 PM

  4. 19 Nov 2020
    Mike Gushey says:
    Many fond memories of countless hours spent in the company of brothers Tom and John Wilson on the shores of the Choptank, in small town Cambridge Maryland ,with my late brother Bob and I , when we were all just little boys growing up after WW 2.
    N.M.Gushee

  5. 18 Nov 2020
    N.M.Gushee says:
    Forever in my mind are the countless hours spent at the home of my cousins, the Wilson's, where my late brother Bob also once roamed with Tom and John, when we were all just little boys playing in the Choptank River in Cambridge, Maryland.
    Cherished Memories
    N.M.Gushee

  6. 18 Nov 2020
    Bob McDonald says:
    John was my supervisor for 20 years in the Md dept of parole and probation.
    I can still hear him saying Robert how are you! Or robert you made a faux pas.

    I will miss him.
    Joan I hope you are well and find peace.
    When someone passes we loose a library. Take care.

  7. 18 Nov 2020
    Donna DeNisco says:
    I am so sorry for the loss of sweet Mr. John. May God bless you all during this time of sadness.
    With love,
    Donna

  8. 17 Nov 2020
    Penny Gallagly lit a candle:
    Lit since November 17, 2020 at 11:25:13 PM

  9. 17 Nov 2020
    Penny Gallagly says:
    You will be sorely missed. I was one lucky girl to have you as my father growing up; walking me to the altar on my wedding day; being Pop Pop to your grandsons and being my friend. I will always hold you close to my heart and remember you as kind, loving, intelligent, fun, sweet and caring. Knowing that you are not suffering, are in a better place and I will see you again makes me content. I love you and will always keep my memories of you close by.
    Love,
    Penny

  10. 17 Nov 2020
    elizabeth mercado says:
    Dear Penny and Family, So very sorry to hear of your Dad's passing. My thoughts and prayers are with you in this very sad time. Love, Libby

  11. 17 Nov 2020
    Jo Ann Connolley lit a candle:
    Lit since November 17, 2020 at 11:36:24 AM

  12. 17 Nov 2020
    Rosanne Boswell posted an image:
    Dinner at Outback with Joan, John, and Camille Palombo on a visit to NC!
    Dinner at Outback with Joan, John, and Camille Palombo on a visit to NC!

  13. 17 Nov 2020
    Rosanne Boswell says:
    I'll never forget the day my mom told me that "Mr. Wilson" moved across the street! She acted like Dennis the Menace for years. It was a sweet time in our families' lives. I remember teaching him how to play racquetball - or at least attempting it; I don't think he ever came back for that second lesson! He was especially kind to my mother especially in the years after my dad passed away. It was very special to my mom when John and Joan came to NC to visit when she was staying with me. I'll never forget his reaction to the bed in our guest room. (I'll keep the remarks to myself but they were as funny as he was). Another fun memory was teaching him and Joan how to use their smart phones, setting up their profiles and ring tones. It was a blessing to know him and he will be missed.

  14. 17 Nov 2020
    Janet Willey says:
    Joan, So sorry to hear about John didn't know he was sick. My thoughts are with you and your girls.
    Janet Whaples Willey

  15. 17 Nov 2020
    Ian Ragusa lit a candle:
    Lit since November 17, 2020 at 11:54:51 AM

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    Lois Baker lit a candle:
    Lit since November 17, 2020 at 11:46:36 AM

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    Lit since November 17, 2020 at 11:45:45 AM

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