Celebrating the life of Donald T. Wilson
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He was born in Waltham, MA on December 18, 1961, the oldest child of Donald T. Sr. and the late Monica R. (Murphy) Zero. He was raised by his mother and stepfather John (Jack) Zero who he thought of as his dad. Don was a longtime Billerica, MA resident before moving to Windham, NH and more recently Hudson, NH.
After attending Billerica Memorial High School, Don worked as a framer before opening his own company at age 20. He was a mentor to many and employed all his brothers at one time or another. His brother John was his best friend and right-hand man and they worked side-by-side for over 35 years. Don earned the reputation as one of the top framing companies in the area due to his expertise and attention to detail.
In his earlier years, Don competed in Powerlifting where he won many awards. He was known for his love of fast cars, motorcycles, snowmobiles, and boats. He loved working out, hockey, football, old movies, and driving his cherished 1970 Chevy Chevelle. He especially loved spending time with his children at his house on Lake Winnisquam. He lived life to the fullest and had an adventurous lifestyle. He had a strong commitment to family and was known as “Big Brother” to his siblings. His two children were his top priority, which kept him motivated to continuing working throughout his illness. Everyone knew Don as a fighter who overcame many obstacles. As hard as he tried, MDS was the only thing he couldn’t beat.
His family will remember him as a man’s man who valued hard work, honesty, and that a man kept his word. He instilled these values on his children along with the importance of their education. Don had a strong but charming personality and made an impact on all those he met. He was a great story teller and loved to share stories of his adventures, some of which may have been embellished a bit. He was also a straight shooter, and you always knew where you stood with him. He had an extensive list of friends and business associates, and his loss will be felt for a very long time.
Don is survived by his children, Katelin and Donald Wilson and his stepdaughter Ariel Marrero. He was preceded in passing by his mother Monica (Murphy) Zero. He is also survived by his father John (Jack) Zero and his wife Phyllis of Athol, MA, his siblings, Kenneth Wilson of Lowell, MA, Cheryl Wilson Patenaude and her husband David of Hudson, NH, Mark Wilson and his longtime partner Michelle Healey of Manchester, NH, John Zero and his wife Julie (Delfavero) of Billerica, MA, and Neilie Sequeira and her husband Paul of Dracut, MA; his nieces and nephews, Samantha and Rebecca Patenaude, Monica and Johnny Zero, Mark, Grace, and Norah Wilson; his grandniece Hailey Rae, as well as his former wife Cheryl Wilson.
Funeral Saturday from the Sweeney Memorial Funeral Home, 66 Concord Rd., Billerica at 10 a.m. A Graveside Service will be held at Fox Hill Cemetery, Billerica, MA at 11 am. Visiting hours will be held Friday from 4 – 7 p.m. Relatives and friends respectfully invited. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Children of Donald T. Wilson Fund on GoFundMe: https://gofund.me/f4685af7. DonaldWilsonChildrensFund
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