David F. Wilder, 73, Watertown

WATERTOWN, NY —  David F. Wilder, 73, Watertown, passed away Thursday morning, June 23, 2022, at Samaritan Keep Home where he had resided since Oct. 23, 2020.

Born Sept. 26, 1948, in Watertown, son of Harold C. “Red” and Hazel Reynolds Wilder, he was a graduate of Watertown High School.

He was a salesman for Sparacino’s Distributing. He then began his career as a salesman for Best Distributing, which became Eagle Beverage. David also managed the family business, Poor House Tavern, for many years.

He was a former communicant of Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Church and later at St. Patrick’s Church.

He enjoyed refurbishing cars, car shows, and drag racing.

Surviving are his longtime companion, Elizabeth G. “Beth” Beaman, Watertown; three children, Tammy Poole and husband Arthur, FL, Robert Wilder, address unknown, and Nathan Beaman and wife Alycia, Essex, VT; five grandchildren, Janelle Maloney, Shamus and Fiona Beaman, and Tommy and Anna Risforth; three great grandchildren; brother Donald J. Wilder and wife Joyce, Watertown; half brother Richard Wilder and wife Beverly, Pleasanton, CA; three nieces, eight great nieces and nephews, and several cousins.

He was predeceased by his parents and a brother, Daniel Wilder.

Calling hours will be held 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, June 28, at Cummings Funeral Service, Inc., Watertown. The funeral Mass will be celebrated 10 a.m. Wednesday, June 29, at St. Patrick’s Church. Burial will followin Glenwood Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations in David’s name may be made to Alzheimer’s Association of CNY, PO Box 12226, Syracuse, NY 13218.

Online condolences to his family may be posted at www.cummingsfuneral.com.