Oh, baby! What a life!!
Edmund Allenby Wilson Jr., 82, of Princeton, New Jersey, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, June 2nd, 2020 at his home, surrounded by his loving family. He was born in Helena, Arkansas to Edmund Allenby Wilson Sr. and Dorothy Lillian Wilson. He attended the University of Arkansas, and graduated in 1964 with dual degrees in Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Architecture. In 1962, he moved to Massachusetts, where he worked for the architecture firm of Alderman & MacNeish. He enlisted in the Air National Guard, from which he later received an Honorable Discharge as a Staff Sergeant. In 1968, he accepted a position with The Hillier Group in Princeton, New Jersey, where he became a principal in the firm. He subsequently worked with Looney Ricks Kiss of Princeton, and then he embarked upon a solo practice as an architect and planner.
His years as a consultant for Robbinsville, NJ, were some of the most professionally gratifying of his career. During this time, he was able to facilitate the construction of the beautiful BAPS Akshardham Hindu Temple, and this brought him tremendous joy.
Amongst his numerous personal and professional accomplishments and accolades, in February 2020, he was honored to be a 2020 Inductee into the John G. Williams Fellowship at the University of Arkansas Fay Jones School of Architecture + Design.
An avid traveler, he and his loving wife, Darleen, explored the world together, which afforded him many opportunities to exercise his love of photography. These adventures also provided diverse and delightful locations to pursue his lifelong passion for the arts. He held a deep appreciation for fine art, not only in the many museums and churches they visited, but those pieces carefully collected and displayed in the Wilson home.
Trains, planes, and automobiles were a special source of enjoyment. He was a subscriber of several automotive magazines, and always happy for the chance to discuss the newest models and technology.
He was a great music enthusiast, with tastes ranging from classical and jazz to the country of his Southern roots. These were a frequent accompaniment to the rich and varied discussions he so loved, on topics traversing philosophy and religion to politics and culture. In addition, they provided comforting background to his lifelong love of the mystery novel; in particular, the exploits of his favorite sleuth, Jules Maigret.
Ed was predeceased by his mother, Lillian Burke Wilson, and his father, Edmund Allenby Wilson, Sr. He is survived by his beloved wife, Darleen Wilson, of Princeton, NJ; daughter Elise Courtney Wilson, of Los Angeles, CA and son Christopher Allenby Wilson of Manhattan, NY; daughter Artelia Lyn Ellis of Danbury, NH with first wife Linda Ray Wilson; sister Gail Smithson Robinson and her husband, Danny; as well as caring uncle to numerous nieces and nephews residing in Arkansas, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Tennessee.
The family welcomes you to join in a funeral procession honoring Ed’s life, to begin at 11 a.m. on Friday, June 5th at Mather Hodge Funeral Home on 40 Vandeventer Ave, Princeton, NJ. There will be an opportunity for socially distanced greetings and condolences, with the procession departing at 11:30 a.m.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Ed and Darleen Wilson Travel Award in the Fay Jones School of Architecture and Design at the University of Arkansas. Gifts may be mailed to the following address: Mary Purvis, Sr. Director of Development, Fay Jones School of Architecture and Design, 120 Vol Walker Hall, Fayetteville AR 72701. Please make checks payable to the University of Arkansas Foundation. Credit card gifts may be made by calling 479-236-0675, or by using the online giving link at: https://onlinegiving.uark.edu/
In all his years, Ed never met a stranger. He made friends wherever he went, whether at the local grocery store, or halfway around the world. Father, son, brother, husband, he filled all his earthly obligations with honor and grace. He will be deeply missed, and remembered with love and laughter in perpetuity.