Longtime Bruins' voice, AHS grad dies

Robert Wilson, nee Castellon

If you are a hockey fan, you knew him as Bob Wilson, the radio voice of the Boston Bruins for close to 30 years, at left in a 1990 Globe photo.

In Arlington, where he grew up, he was Robert Henry Castellon, the son of Henry Castellon, a typographer for the Christian Science Monitor, and the former Louise Wilson.

Mr. Wilson, the Bruins' play-by-play radio announcer through the Bobby Orr era, died of lung cancer Jan. 15 in Lakes Region General Hospital in Laconia, N.H. He was 85.

Graduating from Arlington High School in 1946, he enlisted in the Air Force and served three years. He married Nancy Sargent, whom he met through a church group, on Thanksgiving Day 1950.

He is a member of the Massachusetts Broadcasters Hall of Fame, inducted as part of the inaugural class in 2007.

A story in the Jan. 20 Boston Globe quoted Dale Arnold, who hosts NESN’s Bruins broadcasts and had succeeded Mr. Wilson as the team’s play-by-play announcer: "I believe he had the greatest voice in the history of NHL broadcasting. He was so down to earth, so grounded and had a wonderful sense of humor. He felt he was the conduit, not the show.”

In addition to his wife, Mr. Wilson leaves two daughters, Linda Tucker of Montour Falls, N.Y., and Patti Hines of Laconia, N.H.; a son, William Castellon of Kittery, Maine; a sister, Brenda Cox of Arlington; seven grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and a great-great-granddaughter.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday in Gilford Community Church in Gilford, N.H.


This obituary was published Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2015.