Biddeford community remembers former longtime athletic director after sudden death

A popular coach and former athletic director who spent nearly 40 years at Biddeford High School is being remembered after his sudden death on Monday.Don Wilson helped shape the lives of many young athletes during his decades at the high school.With the permission of his family, his closest friends said Wilson took his own life after battling depression. Friends said Wilson was going to counseling and thought he had turned a corner.”Friday, he was in great spirits. He was talking. He remembered a lot of things. It was the old Don Wilson that I saw. So, we were hoping it was a turn for the best. I was shocked when I got the call on Monday,” Biddeford High School coach Mike Fecteau said.Jim Godbout said he will remember all the good things about his friend.”Don always had comedy with everything we did, and I will cherish those memories forever,” Godbout said.After his retirement, Wilson was heavily involved in the renovation of Waterhouse Field. Biddeford’s current athletic director remembered his friend.”He’d see someone that he taught 30 years before, he’d remember their name. He’d remember stories about them. He made everyone feel special,” athletic director Dennis Walton said.Wilson, 73, leaves behind a wife, two children and four grandchildren. There will be a drive-thru celebration of Wilson’s live at Waterhouse Field.”We’re not going to reflect on the tragedy that took place. We’re going to reflect on what Don Wilson did for our community and for every student that he ever came in contact with, because that is the most important thing in life – is what Don Wilson did for so many people,” Godbout said.*** If you or someone you know needs help, you can call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255 or you can chat online here. ***

A popular coach and former athletic director who spent nearly 40 years at Biddeford High School is being remembered after his sudden death on Monday.

Don Wilson helped shape the lives of many young athletes during his decades at the high school.

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With the permission of his family, his closest friends said Wilson took his own life after battling depression.

Friends said Wilson was going to counseling and thought he had turned a corner.

“Friday, he was in great spirits. He was talking. He remembered a lot of things. It was the old Don Wilson that I saw. So, we were hoping it was a turn for the best. I was shocked when I got the call on Monday,” Biddeford High School coach Mike Fecteau said.

Jim Godbout said he will remember all the good things about his friend.

“Don always had comedy with everything we did, and I will cherish those memories forever,” Godbout said.

After his retirement, Wilson was heavily involved in the renovation of Waterhouse Field. Biddeford’s current athletic director remembered his friend.

“He’d see someone that he taught 30 years before, he’d remember their name. He’d remember stories about them. He made everyone feel special,” athletic director Dennis Walton said.

Wilson, 73, leaves behind a wife, two children and four grandchildren. There will be a drive-thru celebration of Wilson’s live at Waterhouse Field.

“We’re not going to reflect on the tragedy that took place. We’re going to reflect on what Don Wilson did for our community and for every student that he ever came in contact with, because that is the most important thing in life – is what Don Wilson did for so many people,” Godbout said.

*** If you or someone you know needs help, you can call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255 or you can chat online here. ***