WILTON — Robert Jay “Bob” Trask, 79, passed away peacefully at home surrounded by his family Wednesday, March 22, following a brief illness.

He was born Jan. 14, 1938, in Farmington, the son of Durward N. and Grace (Adams) Trask. On July 25, 1959, he married his high school sweetheart, Lida Jean Lake. Bob graduated from Wilton Academy in 1957 and earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Husson University in Bangor. He worked as an underwriter for Continental and CNA Insurance for 10 years in Boston and New York before returning to Wilton with Lida to raise their family.

Bob worked with his father at Main Street Garage selling snowmobiles, used cars and lawn tractors, eventually taking over the business and moving it out onto Route 2 as Trask’s Inc. Bob was a devoted father and grandfather. He was an Eagle Scout, a Cub Scout leader, and a Little League football coach. He was very involved in his children’s activities and sports at Wilton Academy and Mt. Blue High School when they were growing up. In recent years, he enjoyed attending all of the ball games, track meets, dance recitals, concerts, plays and other activities that his five grandchildren were involved in.

Bob was an avid outdoorsman and explorer. He took the back roads whenever possible, and always looked for a new discovery, whether it was a beautiful view, or a field of brown-eyed Susans. Bob’s first love was snowmobiling, which he did for nearly 50 years with his family and many friends every winter weekend. Bob was also a hunter and fisherman, and a dedicated longtime fan of the New England Patriots. He was preceded in death by his beloved wife of 51 years, Lida, in 2010. He married Joanne Mitchell-Trask on Sept. 21, 2013. The two had four years of fun together, including a three-month, 18,000 mile RV trip to Alaska and back, which fulfilled a lifelong dream.

He is lovingly remembered by his wife, Joanne Mitchell-Trask of Livermore; his son, David Trask and his children, Olivia (Trask) Labrecque and her husband, Peter, and Nathaniel Trask of Vassalboro; and daughter, Donna Trask Buttarazzi and her husband, James, and their children Samantha (Buttarazzi) Waller and her husband, Benjamin, Colin Buttarazzi and Jacob Buttarazzi of Arundel.

He was predeceased by his parents, Durward and Grace Trask; and his sister, Janice (Morse) Trask.

Condolences and memories may be shared on his memorial wall at www.wilesrc.com.

Robert J. Trask

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