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David F. Wilder

June 23, 2022

David F. WilderDavid F. Wilder, 73, of Watertown passed away Thursday morning, June 23, 2022, at Samaritan Keep Home where he had resided since October 23, 2020.

David was born September 26, 1948 in Watertown, son of Harold C. "Red" and Hazel Reynolds Wilder and he was a graduate of Watertown High School. He was a salesman for Sparacino's Distributing. He then began his career as a salesman for Best Distributing, which became Eagle Beverage. David also managed the family business, Poor House Tavern, for many years.

He was a former communicant of Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Church and later at St. Patrick's Church. He enjoyed refurbishing cars, car shows, and drag racing.

David is survived by his longtime companion, Elizabeth G. "Beth" Beaman, Watertown; three children, Tammy Poole and husband Arthur, FL, Robert Wilder, address unknown, and Nathan Beaman and wife Alycia, Essex, VT; five grandchildren, Janelle Maloney, Shamus and Fiona Beaman, and Tommy and Anna Risforth; three great-grandchildren; brother Donald J. Wilder and wife Joyce, Watertown; half-brother Richard Wilder and wife Beverly, Pleasanton, CA; three nieces, eight great nieces and nephews, and several cousins. He was predeceased by his parents and his brother, Daniel Wilder.

Calling hours will be held at Cummings Funeral Service, Inc., Watertown on Tuesday, June 28, from 5 - 7pm. The funeral mass will be celebrated at 10am at St. Patrick's Church on Wednesday, June 29, followed by burial in Glenwood Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations in David's name may be made to Alzheimer's Association of CNY, PO Box 12226, Syracuse, NY 13218. Online condolences to his family may be posted at www.cummingsfuneral.com.


#4 VERN LAVINE 2022-06-25 15:13
Always enjoyed seeing him at retail stores. Very pleasent man to see and talk with. My condolences to his family and friends
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#3 David Bonney 2022-06-25 09:10
I knew Dave for many years. We would meet at different stores while working and he would always stop and chat. I am sure that he will be missed by many. May He Rest In Peace.
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#2 Dora Bova 2022-06-24 14:28
Dave was a very nice guy. Enjoyed seeing him at Friedes restaurant. Always spoke and had some good conversations. May he Rest in peace, God bless his family and loved ones.
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#1 JAMES ZEHR 2022-06-24 14:02
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