Gregory Paul Wiltshire, 53, husband of Joesephine Carroll Wiltshire, of Jinny Hill Rd., Cheshire, died suddenly in his home on August 11, 2008. Mr. Wiltshire was born in Detroit, Michigan, June 6, 1955, a son of the late Reginald G. Wiltshire of Hamden and the late Alice Ball Cram of Cheshire, and had resided in this area of CT since 1958. He grew up in Hamden and attended Hamden High 'Class of 73', where he was Captain of the Rifle Team which were state champions for 2 years. He also was the technician and camera operator for the TV studio. After graduation, he served in the U.S. Navy from 1973-1979 as an Electrician's Mate and was a proud Plank owner of the U.S.S. NIMITZ - C.V.N. 68, the largest, most powerful warship in the world and the model for all aircraft carriers since. He also served aboard the U.S.S. FULTON - A.S. 11. After the Navy, he worked in the private electrical sector briefly for Unholtz Dickie Corporation in Wallingford, CT, before completing his Journeyman Electrician apprenticeship with the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local Union 90 of New Haven, CT, where he remained employed as a faithful member until he passed. A true 'people person' Gregory never met a stranger. He was a car and music enthusiast attending car show and music festivals around the country. He was also an avid outdoorsman and enjoyed camping, boating, wildlife preservation, and target shooting. He was a senior member of the Hamden Fish & Game Protective Assoc. His favorite place was the family 'camp' in Ashburnham, MA where he was able to pursue many of his interests. In addition to his wife, he is survived by a daughter, Isabella Rose Wiltshire, and a step daughter, Allyson Marie Carroll both of Cheshire, as well as his beloved dog 'Annie'. Besides his parents he is predeceased by both his brothers Reginald G. Wiltshire, Jr. and Stephen C. Wiltshire. Friends may call at BEECHER & BENNETT, 2300 WHITNEY AVE., HAMDEN, CT, Sun., August 24, 2008, from 3-6 p.m. A Remembrance Service will follow at 6 p.m. Internment will be Mon., Aug., 25 at 2 p.m. in Beaverdale Memorial Park, Sec P. In lieu of flowers, contributions in his memory may be sent to: Isabella Rose Wiltshire Educational Savings IRA at Wachovia Bank, 47 Stodge Meadow Rd., Ashburnham, MA 01430.

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  1. Dear Joesephine & Isabella, Hello–I was a friend of Greg’s a long time ago, when he was stationed in Norfolk, VA. I am so very very sorry to read of his passing. With thoughts of peace and courage for you… Joanne

  2. Dear Wiltshire Family, My heartfelt sympathy for your family. Iam a local 90 sister. I all ways loved working with Greg. We had a lot of good time on the job. He could allway turn a bad day into a good one with his smile and our little inside joke. I will miss you very much. Love your local sister, Caroline

  3. Greg grew up around the corner from us and he was very good friends with my brother Pete. The Wiltshire family were a tremendous group of people. Although I hadn’t personally seen Greg in over 40 years, I’m truly saddened by his passing and wanted to express my sympathy for your loss. .Death is a heartache no one can heal, Love is a memory no one can steal.. Tom Ney

  4. Greg not only was a classmate from Whalen and Hamden High School, both of his parents knew mine from when they were teenagers, and would often attend dances together. I remember our having had a great conversation at the 30th Reunion. I am thankful that he came to have Josephine and Isabella in his life. I know that these special ladies provided great joy and peace. May God Bless.

  5. Greg was one of our favorite cousins. Once in awhile we would lose touch, but then we would always get together again and have a good time. We will miss him very, very much. Richard Ball

  6. How shocked and saddened I was to learn of the passing of Greg. We met at MJ during Bye Bye Birdie and remained friends forever. Last time we spoke was five or six years ago, he was in florida for a visit to his wife’s relatives. He will always have a special place in my heart. How wonderful that he had found happiness with Joesephine and left her a part of him in Issabella. Greg, I will miss you.

  7. I am very sad to hear of Greg’s passing.We were good friends in High School and I always smile when I think of him. He had a quiet charm and a special way of looking at you that you knew he was really listening and cared. Greg, Diane McGuire, and I had some fun times together and I will never forget him. Heaven has a special angel today.My prayers are with his family.

  8. Josephine, We were so sorry to hear of your loss. We will miss Greg’s kindness and generosity as a wonderful neighbor. God bless you during this time of grief. Our sincerist condolences to you and your family.

  9. Loved the guy; he was one of the best! I met him years ago through Mary Spagnola more then likely at one of the bluegrass festivals. I can still hear his voice & his laugh. He had a great laugh & a great smile! He was one of those people you meet & you like right away. My life was definitely enrichened by having met him & known him even though it has been years since I’ve seen him. My heartfelt sympathy & caring to his wife and kids. I can picture him as a father & a husband. He probably excelled at both! What a loss of a wonderful human being to this planet, his family & all of us who knew him! May his gentle soul rest in peace and .Will the circle of love, light & life he danced in be unbroken!. With all our love, Sincerely, Bob & Lynne Silvernale

  10. Memories of High School and working with Greg at Unholtz Dickie, I was saddened by the news of Greg’s passing.

  11. Memories of High School and working with Greg at Unholtz Dickie, I was saddened by the news of Greg’s passing.

  12. To the Family and Loved Ones of Greg, I am so,so saddened to hear of Gregs’ passing! Greg and I lived in the same neighborhood growing up as kids. We attended Jr. and High School together. I have such fond and beautiful memories of our friendship, which I will never ever forget. He was a genuine person, had a heart of gold and a smile you would kill for! He always made me smile just the mention of his name. Greg, will have a special place in heaven & in my heart. I was so blessed to have known him. He will be saddly missed by all. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family… With my Deepest of Sympathy, Pattie Funaro~Mathews HHS Class 73′ Friend

  13. To the Wiltshire family, I wish to commend my most heartfelt sympathy. Greg was one year ahead of me in apprenticeship school, and we worked together on several jobs. We shared a love for photography and on several occasions we went to different IBEW events and took pictures, including a trip to our Nations Capitol for a rally. I cant believe He is gone, and I will miss Him very much, as I know many of LU 90’s Brothers will miss His smiling face and wit full charm. with much sorrow in my heart Michael

  14. We will be unable to attend Greg’s memorial, but we particularly want to express our appreciation for being told about Greg’s death. Thank you for calling. We will pass the word through the Ball family. We will think of you all many times in the future.

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