Frederick Whitlow Wikander, MD, 76, of Chelmsford, MA entered into rest Wednesday afternoon, August 9, 2023 at Kaplan Family Hospice House in Danvers, MA.
He was the beloved husband of Esther F. (Marx) Wikander with whom he celebrated their 54th wedding anniversary on June 29, 2023.
Born in Philadelphia, PA, he was the son of the late Lawrence and Ethel Marie (Whitlow) Wikander. The family moved to Northampton, MA where he spent most of his childhood.
Fred graduated from Mt. Hermon School in Gill, MA with the class of 1964. He was a graduate of American University in Washington, DC where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Biology. Dr. Wikander graduated from Wake Forest University Medical School in Winston Salem, NC with the class of 1972 with a doctorate in medicine.
He was certified in Internal Medicine and was a member of Middlesex North MA Medical Society.
He volunteered at the Table of Plenty in Chelmsford, Lowell Community Health Center, and AARP as a Tax Preparer.
Dr. Wikander joined Chelmsford Medical Associates as a partner in 1977 and later founded Chelmsford Primary Care. He will be remembered for his devotion to his patients and his quick witted humor.
He is an Eagle Scout. He was a member of Congregation Shalom in Chelmsford where he was also a member of the Brotherhood.
He enjoyed golfing, woodworking, travelling, spending summers on Balch Lake in Maine and wintering in Delray Beach, FL. Fred was at his happiest when he was surrounded by his 7 grandchildren on his boat giving tube and water ski rides to all.
Besides his wife, he is survived by his son, Eric and his wife, Bree Wikander of Parkland, FL; his daughter, Kristen and her husband, Paul Nemeskal of Danvers, MA; his grandchildren, Benjamin Wikander, Rachel Wikander, Sarah Wikander, Catherine Nemeskal, Shea Nemeskal, Trevor Nemeskal and Drew Nemeskal, and his brother, Matthew Wikander and his wife, Christine Child of Toledo, OH.
Dr. Wikander’s Funeral will be Sunday, August 13, 2023 at 12 Noon at Congregation Shalom, 87 Richardson Rd., N. Chelmsford, MA. Burial in Temple Beth El Cemetery, Chelmsford, MA 01863. Shiva hours will be Sunday evening, August 13, 2023 from 7 to 9pm at Congregation Shalom. Memorials may be made in his name to Lowell General Hospital Cancer Center, 295 Varnum Ave. Lowell, MA 01854 or Wake Forest School of Medicine, 475 Vine St, Winston-Salem, NC 27101. ARRANGEMENTS BY MORSE BAYLISS FUNERAL HOME 978-458-6841. Livestreaming of funeral service and guestbook at www.morsebaylissfuneralhome.com