Thomas Gerald Wilson was born in Gardner, MA and graduated from Gardner HS before joining the US Army. After military service he attended Fitchburg State University where he earned BS and MA degrees in Education. In 1964, Tom was hired by DoDDS to teach, in a Quonset hut, in Verdun, France. As he held both teaching and administrative positions in Italy, Germany, England, Belgium, Japan, The Philippines, and Okinawa. In 1991, Tom and his wife Judy were among the 20,000 US citizens evacuated from the Philippines due to the volcanic eruption of Mt. Pinatubo. In 1994, he retired from his position as Principal of Lester MS on Okinawa, and moved to Bradenton where he thoroughly enjoyed his retirement, never taking for granted each new day and each beautiful sunset. Tom touche the lives of countless student and faculty members with his gentle, easy-going manner and his sense of humor. Tom is survived by his wife of 54 years, Judy Shepard Wilson, son Timothy Wilson of Armonk, NY, daughters Cynthia Wilson of Huntsville, AL and Jennifer Gaugler of Chesapeak, VA. His grandchildren are Connor and McKenna Gaugler of VA and Alan Wilson of NY.