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Thursday, November 29, 2018

Plainfield icon Robert H. Wilson passes

Robert H. Wilson, known to all
as "Bob" has passed.

CORRECTION: Services for Bob are of course THIS Saturday, December 1, and not November as I mistakenly wrote. -- Dan

Robert H. Wilson, known to all as Bob, passed on Tuesday, November 20.

Bob was a beloved figure in Plainfield and deeply active in the community.

A lifelong Democrat, he served for many years as a commissioner of the Housing Authority of Plainfield.

He also served on the boards of the Drake House and of Faith Bricks and Mortar, the housing advocacy organization.

In addition, he was a longtime trustee of Calvary Baptist Church.

Always the nattiest dresser in the crowd, he was in regular attendance at City Council meetings until recent illness prevented him.

He was warmly supportive of the New Democrats in their heyday though his style was never to clash publicly with the late Assemblyman Jerry Green, no matter how much their perspectives diverged.

In declining health in recent years he nevertheless summoned the strength to have his family take him -- in his wheelchair -- to the polls on November 6 so he could take part in the Blue Wave that will make Democrats the majority of the House of Representatives in the next Congress.

It gave him great satisfaction as one of his last civic and political acts to play his part in this national rebuke of President Donald Trump.

Many were surprised to learn recently that Bob was nearing his 90th birthday. His quiet demeanor and ready smile and greeting always seemed like that of a much younger person.

Services are set for this coming Saturday (December 1) at Calvary Baptist Church, West 4th Street and Monroe Avenue.

The family will receive friends from 9:00 to 10:00 AM and the funeral will begin at 10:00 AM.

With Bob's passing, another Plainfield icon is no longer among us.

We will miss you Bob.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the family.

Condolences may be sent to the family at 903 Central Avenue, Plainfield, NJ 07060. Arrangements have been entrusted to Brown's Funeral Home.

 -- Dan Damon [ follow ]

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