Chick (Gerald) Chick W. Wilson

January 12, 1932March 13, 2014
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Gerald (Chick) Wilson died peacefully on Thursday, March 13, 2014 at the Nathaniel Witherell Nursing Home in Greenwich, CT. Chick graduated from Lincoln High School, Ellwood City, PA in 1949. Afterwards to Geneva College in Beaver Falls, PA, graduating in 1955. He did graduate work and taught at Indiana University, Bloomington, IN and received his MA in English in 1959. Deciding on teaching as a profession and wanting to move east, he became an English teacher at the Roosevelt School in Stamford, CT. His next job was at Brunswick School in Greenwich. From there he went to teach at Wilton High School in Wilton, CT. He spent the rest of his teaching career there until his retirement in 1992. Chick’s great interest and hobby was the music of the 30’s, 40’s, and 50’s. From the age of 14, he started collecting records of the big bands and singers, especially Frank Sinatra. Later, he became the ‘go to’ person for people wanting information on the music of the era. He also enjoyed giving talks to local groups. Gerald Warren Wilson was the youngest son of George W. and Lola McClintock Wilson. Two sisters and two brothers predeceased him. He is survived by his wife Barbara nee Roberts, and his daughter Clare Wilson both of Greenwich, CT, his sister, Sylvia Wilson of Monroeville, PA, Elaine Wilson and 11 nieces and nephews. A memorial gathering to honor Chick’s life will be held on Saturday, March 22, 2014 from 12PM-3PM at the Leo P. Gallagher & Son Funeral Home – 31 Arch Street, Greenwich, CT. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in honor of Chick to the Salvation Army - as well as friends of the Cos Cob Library - 5 Sinawoy Rd.,Cos Cob, CT 06807 To leave an online condolence please visit



  • Memorial Service Saturday, March 22, 2014


  • *In lieu of Flowers*, Friends of the Cos Cob Library

Chick (Gerald) Chick W. Wilson

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March 21, 2014

Chick will be missed. He always had 1001 anecdotes to share about music, films, literature, and pop culture in general. Jazz record collectors would come from as far away as Japan to scour his collection when he lived in Cos Cob.
From one Ellwoodian to another, I can appreciate how far he came from the mill towns of Western Pennsylvania.

Wayne Campbell (also originally from Ellwood City and late of the Greenwich Library.)

marian nachman

March 20, 2014

My condolences to you and Claire and family, in this time of loss and sorrow

MJ Cameron

March 20, 2014

Dear Barbara, Claire and family,
May God bless you and help you through this sad, difficult time. You are in our prayers and thoughts.
Bill and Mary Jane Cameron

March 18, 2014

Dear Barbara and Clare
Our thoughts and sympathies go out to you at this sad time. We have fond memories of Chick and we will be praying for you all at this time.
With love from Pauline, Ashley and Geoff

March 18, 2014

Dear Barbara, Elaine, and Claire,
Our thoughts and prayers go out to you at this difficult time of loss. Jick was an important part of my life as I was growing up. His record collection, in Ellwood City at the time, was an enjoyable infulence on my music. I spent hours listening to old 45's and even 78's.
He also took me to see plays at the Red Barn Theater which I really liked.
It's good to know that his mind is once more clear.
John and Margie Smallfield