Wendell E. Tilden Jr.
Wendell E. Tilden Jr.
Wendell E. Tilden Jr., 76, of Rutland, died Saturday, December 22, 2012, at Rutland Regional Medical Center, surrounded by his family. Wendell has finally gone home after suffering a long illness.
Wendell was born in Rutland on November 9, 1936, the second of four children of Wendell and Elizabeth (Clark) Tilden Sr. He attended Christ the King School and was in the graduating class of Mount St. Joseph Academy in 1954. He went on to further his education at Northeastern University.
In his youth, with his father as troop leader, he was very active in the Boy Scouts of America and achieved the rank of Eagle Scout. Wendell was an extremely patriotic man and served our country in the United States Air Force working as a canine Military Police officer in North Africa for four years.
Upon his return to Rutland, Wendell started working for CVPS and later New England Telephone/Verizon from which he retired in 1995 after 35 years of service.
He married Laura Amelia Senecal on July 6, 1962, and they first made their home in Ira, Vermont, and moved to Proctor in 1968 where they raised their four children. Wendell was actively involved in the Proctor Booster Club and RAHA, all for the benefit of the young athletes and the families that attended the sporting events. Upon his retirement in 1995, he became a steadfast volunteer for the Mount St. Joseph Athletic Association. He put hours into St. Peter’s Field so the young athletes of MSJ and American Legion Post 31 would have a beautiful place to play ball. He also started volunteering with the American Red Cross and in 2001 was awarded the Exceptional Volunteer Service Award.
He was predeceased by the love of his life, his wife, Laura, in July 2009; by his parents, Luke and Elizabeth Tilden; his sisters, Mary Coleman and Martha Wood.
Surviving are his four children: Ellen Young and husband Dr. Michael Young of Edmond, Okla., and their children, Seamus, Blaise and Mary Kate; Sharon Crout and husband Stephen of Rutland, Vt., and their son, Christopher; Nancy Buczynski and husband Mark of the Dominican Republic and their daughters, Laura and Elizabeth; and Dan Tilden and wife Audrey of Proctor and their children, Sam and Maxine. He is also survived by his Big Brother Joseph Tilden of Rutland. Wendell has several nieces and nephews that he loved as if they were all his own.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that contributions be made to Christ the King Church, 66 Main St., Rutland, Vermont.
Visiting hours will be held Friday, December 28, from 4:00-7:00 p.m. at Clifford Funeral Home in Rutland. Funeral services will be held Saturday, December 29, at 11:00 a.m. at Christ the King Church. Officiating will be Rev. Justin Baker, pastor. A reception to celebrate Wendell’s life will be held in the lower level of the church following burial in Evergreen Cemetery.