Roger H. Wilcox
December 7, 1935 - August 7, 2019
Service Date: September 7, 2019
A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, September 7, 2019 at 2:30 p.m. at the Grace Community Church, 159 Rochester Hill Road (Route 108) in Rochester, NH followed by a reception.
Roger Wilcox, a longtime resident of North Waterboro, passed from this life to the next on August 7, 2019 in Kennebunk. Roger was a devoted father and husband; and was often seen by his wife’s bedside each day to support NoraBelle while she herself was in need of extra care and rehabilitation. Spending 69 years together and married for 63 of those years, NoraBelle was his true love and best friend.
Roger grew up in Milton, MA, the son of Herbert and Irene (Cox) Wilcox, brother to Carol and Robert Ellis; Bill and Elsa Wilcox. Roger studied drafting at Wentworth Institute and later enlisted in the Army; serving in Huntsville, Alabama and Orlando, Florida where Bill was born. Roger, Belle, and Bill eventually purchased a house in Mansfield, MA; together they would own this home for 50 years and raise Kate, Ron and Karen, along with numerous dogs, cats, a horse, goats, chickens, ducks, Guinea pigs, hamsters.
During the summer months, Roger’s family would take vacations at the Island Pond Club on Cape Cod; where Roger taught his children how to deodorize the outhouse, light kerosene lanterns, and to love the water with boats that he himself made.
In 1986, Rog and Belle purchased the land in North Waterboro; this would ultimately become their beloved “North Wilderness.”
Roger (and Belle) invested in their family and others, particularly young people. Roger taught his sons and the boys in the neighborhood to work on cars; this experience and training inspired many of them to become mechanics later in life.
Roger belonged to many organizations during his life, including being a Boy Scout leader for Troop 51 in West Mansfield. Roger was also a member of the Mansfield Rail fans Club where he enjoyed building model railroads with his Mountain Valley Railroad.
Roger was a lifelong member of the South Shore Antique Auto Club and belonged for a time to the Mustang & Classic Ford Club of New England. Most recently Roger became a lifetime member of the Waterboro Historical Society where he enjoyed teaching others about the Historic Johnson Sawmill. Roger loved to sing at his church and played guitar in a bluegrass band.
“North Wilderness” reflects the care and dedication Roger was famous for, beginning with a 10-acre lot; Roger put in his own road, built their home, barns, and did all the landscaping which created a wonderful home that he shared with Belle and his loving family. Roger loved to recycle and put to good use many of the items he found; where the phrase was coined “where there’s a Wilcox, there’s a way.”
Roger’s absence will always be felt by those who knew him as a husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather, uncle and friend. Roger was a kind, soft-spoken man who always put the needs of others first.
Roger is survived by two sons, Bill and his wife Ilana Wilcox; Ron and his wife Nancy Wilcox; two daughters, Kate Wilcox, and Karen and her husband Mark Stokoe, as well as eight grandchildren, six great-grandchildren, as well as his much-loved niece, many nephews and their families.
A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, September 7, 2019 at 2:30 p.m. at the Grace Community Church, 159 Rochester Hill Road (Route 108) in Rochester, N.H. followed by a reception.
In lieu of flowers, please consider donating in Roger’s memory to the Waterboro Historical Society, P.O. Box 498, No. Waterboro, ME 04061.
The Autumn Green Funeral Home is respectfully handling arrangements.