Wilson “Bert” Fyke

September 30, 1945 - August 27, 2022

NORFOLK, Va. — Wilson Bert Fyke, 76, of Norfolk, Va., formerly of Pawcatuck, died peacefully at home on Saturday, Aug. 27. He was the son of the late Wilson Dean and Lillian (Love) Fyke of Cincinnati, Ohio.

Bert, as he was known to all, is survived by his children, Corey and his wife, Jennifer, of Pawcatuck (and grandsons Benjamin and William and granddaughter Hannah), Jessica of Norfolk, Va. (and grandsons Owen and Charles), and Timothy; one brother, Ed, of Ravenel, S.C., and wife, Cheri; two sisters, Pat Hale of Muncie, Ind., and Opal Smith of Withamsville, Ohio, and husband Brian; a beloved sister-in-law, Karen Fyke, of Cincinnati; and his former wife, Nancy (Auger) Fyke, of Lewiston, Maine. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews throughout the country whom he loved very much. He was predeceased by two brothers, Karl Fyke and Don Freeman.

Bert was born in the Western Hills section of Cincinnati, Ohio, on Sept. 30, 1945. Before he was 18, he had his last rites read to him twice, once after a car accident involving a Clydesdale horse that broke from its pasture and collided with his parents’ car and once after a car accident in his teenage years. But Bert was a survivor.

After attending Western Hills High School, where one of his fellow classmates was baseball hit king Pete Rose, Bert left home at the age of 17 in 1962 to enlist in the U.S. Navy, where he traveled the world (Newport, Virginia, Maine, Spain, Iceland) before being discharged in 1976. In 1971, he met his former wife, Nancy Auger, in the Navy while both were stationed in Newport, and the two soon married and started a family.

In 1980, after a stint in Maine, the family, which now numbered five, moved to Pawcatuck, where Bert went to work for Tom Patsiga at Business Communication Systems. Bert quickly made a name for himself in the telecommunications industry, rising through the ranks from installer to vice president of operations at Business Communication Systems and, later, Telaid Industries in Niantic. Later in his career, he traveled the country as a lead project manager for Inncom International, which sold and installed innovative thermostat control systems for hotels and corporations, with his closest friend, Sven Larson of Noank. During his working years, Bert worked hard to provide for his family. There was almost no major building in southeastern Connecticut he hadn’t installed communication systems for in his many dedicated years in the field.

When he was home, he was a loving father to his children. The Fyke house — the Spanish stucco house of Seidner’s Mayonnaise fame on Moss Street — was the place to be for his children and their friends in the 1980s and 1990s. Bert was a longtime volunteer at the Pawcatuck Little League (now Stonington Little League), staying on long after his children were grown to work on improving the facilities through various maintenance projects with Vern Gibson, Gillie Knowles, Don Robinson and the rest of the core group of PLL volunteers.

In his later years, Bert was a voracious reader of thriller novels and a die-hard fan of the UConn women’s basketball team. He enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren both in Connecticut and Virginia, where he resided the past 10 years with his daughter, Jessica. A highlight of his grandchildren’s early lives was the yearly birthday lunch with Grandpa, where much life advice was dispensed. Bert also enjoyed the Florida Keys, especially when he was there carousing with his pal Sven.

At Bert’s request, there will be no public services or memorials. The family will celebrate his life privately, and with much laughter and tears. If you wish to make a donation in memory of Bert’s life, please consider sending a check or money order to Stonington Little League, PO Box 1332, Pawcatuck, CT 06379.

Cremation & Funeral Services of Tidewater is assisting his family. Leave condolences at CandFServices.com.

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