Thomas J. Wilde
1928 – 2012
Quinebaug – Thomas J. Wilde, 83, of Breezy Lane, died Sunday, January 8, 2012 in Putnam. He was the Fiancé of Barbara Young for 35 years. Born in Pawtucket, RI, he was the son of the late Leo J. and the late Mary E. (Nye) Wilde.
Mr. Wilde worked as a bus driver for Northeast Connecticut Transit District and was a proud member of teamsters Local 251 of East Providence. He won the Connecticut Bus Drivers Roadeo and went on to represent Connecticut in the National Bus Drivers Roadeo. He was a member of the former Woodstock Chess Club and once beat a Russian Grand Master Chess player.
In addition to his Fiancé, Thomas is survived by his daughter, Patricia Babbitt and her husband Wesley M. Babbitt of Lawrence, MA; his son, Robert Wilde and his wife Lori-Ann Wilde of N. Providence, RI; and his grandchildren, Wesley W. Babbitt, and Geoffrey Babbitt. He was predeceased by his wife, the late Elvira G. Wilde.
Relatives and friends are invited to visit with Thomas’ family on Wednesday, January 11, 2012 from 5:00 to 8:00 pm in the Gilman Funeral Home, 104 Church St., Putnam, CT. A gathering will begin at 10:00 am on Thursday, January 12, 2012 at the funeral home with his Funeral Service held at 11:00 am.. Burial will follow in Munyan Cemetery. For Memorial Guestbook, visit www.GilmanAndValade.com