Wilford was proud of his work as a skilled machinist and continued operating a drill press at Dru-Wel form 1968 until last year. He was bound to his love of music. He played the saxophone, clarinet and flute for local bands, most notably the Chaldo Williams Calypso Orchestra. Wilford also loved classical music and found great solace listening to his favorite operas during 25 years as an usher at the Metropolitan Opera House . . . in New York City. He was greatly appreciated by the patrons in this section. Wilford had an affinity for cars and for driving them, especially around New York City. New knew more about the main roads, side roads and back roads of Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens and the Bronx than 99% of New York livery drivers and was sure to demonstrate this at every opportunity. Additionally, Wilford was acknowledged as the consummate handyman; there were very few jobs around the house and the car he wouldn't tackle. . . . If someone had taken something apart (and provided all the pieces), he could put it together.
Wilford succumbed to a weakened circulatory system. He fought valiantly through several operations and procedures, his heart did him proud but gave out the morning of June 8, 2006. He left us peacefully in his sleep. His is survived by a sister, Doris Phills; his children, Leslie, Wil, Glen, Warren Wayne, Wendell and Leisha; grandchildren Nyles, Jason, Wesley, Nicholas, Curtis, Craig, Eric, Andrew, Amanda, Devon, Hesley, Tiana, Rasheeda, Asha, Alexis and Eric; great-grandchildren Serenity, Grant and Coda.
Dad, we loved having you with us, you will be missed, and we pray you are resting comfortably and preparing for our reunion.