Philip F. Wicklund, 101, formerly of Colburn Road, Bemus Point, passed away Saturday, Feb. 23, at Heritage Green Nursing Facility. He was born on Jan. 14, 1912, in Jamestown, N.Y., the son of Charles and Anna Liedblad Wicklund.
Philip married the former Sylvia Norquist on June 20, 1947, in Jamestown, N.Y.
Mr. Wicklund graduated from Jamestown High School in 1930, and graduated with a master's degree from The University of Michigan in 1938. He later earned his master's degree in social work from the University of New York at Buffalo in 1948.
He joined the U.S. Coast Guard in February of 1942. He served as sonar and radar operator on a subchaser in the North Atlantic, and was commissioned Ensign as navigator on a landing ship tank in the South Pacific. He participated in the Philippine invasions and was honorably discharged in December of 1945.
Mr. Wicklund was employed as caseworker for the Jamestown Department of Public Welfare and as a psychiatric social worker for Gowanda State Hospital. For a short while, Philip taught high school English. He later served as director of Social Services at Jamestown General Hospital for several years, retiring in 1976.
For many years, Mr. Wicklund was an avid sailor on Chautauqua Lake and in later years enjoyed ice-boating as well. He was also a member of the Senior Citizens Skating Group at the former Jamestown Skating Rink in Allen Park. He enjoyed travel, including a trip to Jerusalem in his later years.
Mr. Wicklund was preceded in death by his wife, Sylvia Norquist Wicklund, two sisters: Lois A. Smith and Eunice M. Wicklund; and two sons: Jonathan James and Larry Wicklund.
He is survived by a daughter-in-law, Sandra Wicklund, three grandchildren: Eric (Gina) Wicklund, Justin and Kristen Wicklund, and a nephew, Donald (Yong-Mi) Smith.
Mr. Wicklund donated his body to The State University of New York at Buffalo, School of Medicine.
A memorial service will be held at St. Timothy Lutheran Church, Route 430, Bemus Point, on Saturday, March 2, at 11 a.m.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Timothy Lutheran Church or the Bemus Point Library.