Evan P. Wilson

Evan P. Wilson, 71, of Brunswick, Maine, and a longtime former resident of Keene, passed away suddenly on May 26, 2019, in the comfort of his home.

He was born in New Kensington, Pa., on Feb. 28, 1948, the son of Robert and Beulah (Capsambelis) Wilson. Mr. Wilson grew up in Greenville, Pa., moved to Keene in 1961 and graduated from Keene High School in 1966.

He was a veteran of the U.S. Army Security Agency, stationed in Taiwan and Thailand during the Vietnam War, though secret missions may have taken him further afield.

Mr. Wilson was a high energy individual with a commanding presence. He was a free spirit who could only work for himself. He owned and started a number of businesses over the years. He was a co-owner of Simon’s Jewelers in Keene. He started and was co-owner of a beauty salon in Keene, and later one in Walpole.

When he left the Keene area for mid-coast Maine, he took up urchin diving from a co-owned boat in the dark cold waters of the North Atlantic supplying this delicacy to a booming Japanese market. When the urchin business slowed, he moved on to auctioneering and his final act, buying as he called them “Maine collectible treasures” — of which he had an encyclopedic knowledge —and selling them around the world through his eBay store, which garnered at final count 21,805 customer reviews.

Mr. Wilson is survived by two daughters, Danielle Freund, husband, Matt, and their children, Dori and Henry of Goddard, Kan., and Dr. Meghan Duff, Dan Qualls and their children, Carson and Loki of Machias, Maine; two sons, Lucas Wilson and his daughter, Serenity, of Gardiner, Maine, and Benjamin Wilson of Topsham, Maine. He is also survived by his brothers, Robert L. Wilson of Spring Hill, Fla., and Richard A. Wilson of Keene; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

Privates services will be held at a later date.

Stetson’s Funeral Home in Brunswick, Maine, is assisting the family with arrangements.