Clarence H. Wilson, formerly of Montclair, died on Sunday, Dec. 2, 2018.
Mr. Wilson was born on Sept. 4, 1919 in Chase City, VA, and grew up in rural Farmville, VA. His teen years were spent in Penn Hills, PA, a suburb of Pittsburgh, where he joined the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) during the Great Depression.
In 1935, he migrated to New Jersey, which became his new home state, settling in Newark.
Soon after World War II began, he enlisted and was told by the Army doctors, “If not that we were at war, you’d be too skinny for me to approve for military duty.”
He served as a corporal in the 3404th Quartermaster Truck Company, U.S. Army. He served in North Africa and Italy, including a stretch under Gen. George S. Patton.
Transcripts of his war year memories are available as part of the Rutgers University Oral History Archives Project, which can be visited online at oralhistory.rutgers.edu/military-history.
After his honorable discharge, Montclair became important to him when he met and later married Doris A. Tucker in 1945 at Union Baptist Church in Montclair
In 1950 they purchased their own home in Montclair where he subsequently joined Union Baptist Church. He resided in Montclair until 2017.
Mr. Wilson was employed as a Chemical Operator for NOPCO Chemical Company, formerly located in Harrison, and served as a union shop steward. He retired after 35 years of service.
Jazz has been his lifelong passion with many fond memories of seeing the “best” bands of the 1940s and 1950s.
He is predeceased by his wife of 65 years, Doris Wilson.
Mr. Wilson is survived by his daughter Adrienne, son-in-law Ed Bolden, brother Clyde Brown, sister-in-law Betty Brown, nieces Joan Tucker Moses, Betty Tucker Gowdy and family and friends.
Visitation will be from 10 to 11 a.m. this Monday, Dec. 10 with service beginning at 11 a.m. at Martin’s Home For Service Inc., 48 Elm St., Montclair.