Jack Ryan Wilbur, 21 years old, born April 22, 1997 who was born and raised in Pepperell, MA died Saturday morning, June 23rd as a result of injuries sustained in a motorcycle accident Friday evening.
Jack is the son of Eric and Carol (Paradis) Wilbur and is also survived by his two older sisters Jocelyn Ricker and her husband Edd of New York, NY and Stephanie Wilbur living at home in Pepperell. Also survived by his grandmother “Grammy” Dorothy Wilbur of Shirley, MA, his grandfather Fred Wilbur and wife Rita of Rochester Mills, PA and extended family of many aunts, uncles and cousins. Jack graduated with his high school diploma from Goodrich Academy in Fitchburg, MA.
In Jack’s short lifetime he enjoyed off-roading with motorized vehicles of all shapes and sizes including ATV’s, dirt bikes and snow mobiles. He could usually be found hanging with his close-knit group of friends sharing riding adventures and after party stories of who was fastest and who got the most air. He also had a fond affection for horses and animals of all shapes and sizes. But kids were where Jack shined. From babies to toddlers to his younger cousins, he could relate and bring out the shy side of just about any kid. His favorite, Nolan, the son of his boss, looked to Jack as his hero. Nolan would wait by the window for Jack to return each day from a 10 to 12 hour day of building fences for his employer of 4 years, On The Fence in Merrimack, NH. Jack made sure that Nolan always got his time no matter how tired Jack may have been. Jack, affectionately known as “Squirty Tomato” by Nolan, loved that little guy like he was his own brother. Each night he would make sure that Nolan got the best seat in the house for Jack’s smoke show of squealing tires as Jack left for home. Newly born Dominic Ivinjack is his best friends Chris and Ashley’s son and Jack would treasure each and every moment with that little guy. He could not wait to share with us the day to day experiences of Dominic’s life.
Friends to Jack (aka Squack, Squack Attack and or Squacky Chan) were the makeup of his foundation and he would do anything, anytime for any of them. We will all miss Jack’s unique sense of humor. His uncanny knack for knowing any word to seemingly any song along with quoting some of his favorite movie lines and situations always brought a smile to our faces. Grandma Dynamite on the four-wheeler crashing over the sand dunes always brought us a laugh. Let’s not forget Jack’s favorite “food” chips and salsa and fresh chocolate milk from one of the local farms. Not exactly one of the main food groups but you could find Jack every night on his favorite spot on the couch enjoying those chips. Our dog, Lucky, was always there to make sure Mom did not have to vacuum any crumbs that may have survived the carnage.
His short life did not mean that he did not live life to the fullest. We will all remember that smirky little grin, his Chippewa boots, his need to always say “I love you” every time he left the house and every night before bed and his love of cruising down the road on his Harley or in his Cummins Diesel that yes, may have been a little loud and a little smokey . . . .but hey “That’s what kids do, Dad”. He also enjoyed fishing (just not catching) with his friends and of course, bonfires.
Hanging with his friends and knowing that he was loved is how we all want to remember Jack. We know that Babcia, Pa and Sean will be there in Heaven to show you the way. We love you and will miss you every single day!
A Funeral Mass of Christian Burial will be held Friday 9:30 AM at St. Joseph the Worker Parish 777 West Hollis St. Nashua, NH. Relatives and friends will be received by the family Thursday June 29, 4-7 PM at the McGaffigan Family Funeral Home 37 Main St. (Rte. 113) Pepperell, MA 01463