Everett Joseph (Joe) Wilson, Jr. passed away unexpectedly on July 31, 2021.
Joe was born in Gloversville, NY on July 29, 1951, to Everett Joseph, Sr. and Elizabeth (Stuart) Wilson. He grew up in Wells and was a Wells Central School graduate of the class of 1969. He served in the Army from 1971-1973, as an MP stationed in Germany.
On May 29, 1971, he married his best friend and love of his life, Mari (Carpenter). Together, they had two daughters and raised their family in the town of Wells.
Joe was a quiet and gentle soul. He was always willing to lend a hand to anyone who needed it. He was a hard worker who spent many years working first for the Town of Wells Highway Department, and later the Town of Wells Water Department. Joe loved his family fiercely and enjoyed spending as much time as he could with his four grandsons. He also loved nature and frequently hiked through the woods on his property. During times of pleasant weather (and sometimes even in the rain), Joe loved to ride his 1948 Harley Davidson Panhead. He didn’t need a place to go because every trip was about the journey, rather than the destination. He was a frequent and familiar sight on the roads surrounding the town of Wells and beyond. Nearly every year Joe planned a cross country trip on his 2006 Harley Davidson to visit his daughter and grandson in Arizona, stopping to see the many sights of our beautiful country on the way.
Joe was predeceased by his wife Mari, both parents, and his brother, Patrick Wilson. He leaves behind his two daughters Naomi Barkevich (Daniel), Halfmoon, and Cristi Wilson (Jeremy LaBuff), of Flagstaff, Arizona; four grandsons Kevin, David, Kyle, and Keem; two sisters Barbara Wilson and Evelyn (Wilson) Bonds; and many in-laws, nieces, nephews, grand nieces and nephews, aunts, uncles, cousins, and beloved friends.
Joe was an amazing and much-loved father; grandfather, brother, uncle, nephew, cousin, husband, son, and friend. His death is a tremendous and shocking loss and he will be greatly missed. His family would like to remind everyone to please watch for motorcycles when you are driving.
Ride on, Joe, reunited with Mari at last, towards eternity. “It is good to have an end to journey towards; but it is the journey that matters, in the end.” – Ursula K. LeGuin
Joe’s family will be hosting a “Celebration of Life,” in lieu of formal funeral arrangements, to be celebrated at Joe’s home in the town of Wells on Sunday, August 8, beginning at 1pm. Arrangements are under the direction and care of the Northville Funeral Home. Condolences may be made to the family online at www.northvillefuneralservice.com.