Peter Van Dyke Wilde

Born: Sun., Aug. 11, 1935
Died: Fri., Mar. 28, 2014

Memorial Service

2:00 PM Sat., Apr. 12, 2014
Location: Grace Episcopal Church

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Peter Van Dyke Wilde

Peter Van Dyke Wilde of Lake Oconee in Greensboro, GA, died on Friday, March 28, 2014 at the age of 78. Born in Endicott, New York on August 11, 1935, he was the son of the late John David Wilde and Ella Myers Wilde.  Peter graduated from Lehigh University where he received his Bachelor of Science in Engineering and from George Washington University where he earned a Doctorate Degree in Law.  On October 6, 1956 Peter married the former Christina Crawshaw in St. Clair, Pennsylvania.  Peter’s career as General Attorney with AT&T Bell Labs/Lucent took him from Bernardsville, NJ, to Bethlehem, PA, to Flemington, NJ and then eventually to retirement in Williamsburg, VA and finally Greensboro, GA on Lake Oconee.  One of his greatest achievements was when he wrote the patent for an invention that won two scientists a Nobel Prize in Physics.  He enjoyed architecture and designing his own homes.  Peter was a member of the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation and the Raleigh Tavern Society.  Peter was a great brother, husband, father, grandfather and best friend who will truly be missed.
He is survived by his wife of fifty-seven years, Christina Crawshaw Wilde of Greensboro, GA; children, Robin Wilde Lauchnor and husband Richard Lauchnor of Madison, NJ, Chris Wilde and wife Stacy Powell Wilde of Madison, NJ, Eric Wilde and wife Dawn Balogh Wilde of Raritan, NJ and Mark Wilde and wife Caroline McGarity Wilde of Smyrna, GA; grandchildren, Brandon and Tanner Lauchnor, Nicholas, Hallie and Noah Wilde, Lee and Anna Wilde and London Wilde; brother, John (Jack) Wilde; and many other relatives and friends.
A Memorial Service will be held at 2pm on Saturday, April 12, 2014, at Grace Church, 4 Madison Avenue, Madison, NJ 07940. The family has requested that memorials be made to American Boychoir School, 75 Mapleton Road, Princeton, NJ 08540 or Camp Southern Ground, 101 Gardner Park, Peachtree City, GA 30269.  McCommons Funeral Home, 109 W. Broad St., Greensboro, GA, (706) 453-2626, is in charge of arrangements. Visit us at to sign the online guest register.


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   Posted Tue April 08, 2014
Mrs Christine

My sympathy is extended to you and your family during this time. May God wrap his arms around you and your family.

Michael Jones
   Posted Wed April 09, 2014
Mark - somehow words cant express the sorrow and love Katherine and I are sending the way of you and your whole family. But as you and I well know, words can often soften, can ease, can move and can help.

It is in that vein that I hope these words from so long ago find their way into the collective hearts of all who Peter touched:

"When you can't find the light,
That got you through a cloudy day,
When the stars ain't shinin' bright,
You feel like you've lost you're way,
When those candle lights of home,
Burn so very far away,
Now you got to let your soul shine,
Just like my daddy used to say.

He used to say soulshine,
It's better than sunshine,
It's better than moonshine,
Damn sure better than rain.
Yeah now people don't mind,
We all get this way sometime,
Got to let your soul shine, shine till the break of day."

God Bless and may Peter rest in eternal peace.

Mike and Katherine

Barbara and Sam Shamsey
   Posted Thu April 17, 2014
Dear Chris,

We were very sorry to hear of Peter's passing. Our sincere sympathy to you and your family at this time.
Fondly, Barbara and Sam Shamsey

Paul St. Onge
   Posted Fri April 18, 2014

I just read in the Bernardsville News of the passing of your father. My deepest sympathy and condolences to you, your Mom, sister and brothers on your loss.

I think of you all when I walk or run pass your old house on Rolling Hill, and I remember your Dad fondly as someone who always took the time to say hello and talk to me when I was I was young man.

I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers.