Teresa E. “Terry” Wickham (nee Saccone), age 66, of Fernandina Beach, Fla., passed away on Sunday, February 24, 2019 after a four year journey with cancer. She was born in Brooklyn, NY on January 14, 1953 to the late Lawrence Saccone and the late Pauline Saccone. Terry attended H. Frank Carey High School and went on to graduate from Cortland State University in New York where she developed life-long friendships.
In 1985, Terry successfully founded Encore Forwarding, Inc. in partnership with her brother, the late Armand Saccone. She was Owner and President for over three decades, and devoted so much of herself to the business and the many relationships she cultivated over the the years through her work. As her business grew, so did her network of friends. Much of her time in the 80’s and 90’s was also devoted to being a close aunt (or “A.T.” as she was lovingly called) to her niece, Kerry and nephews Billy and Nick – a role she always cherished.
Terry moved to Florida in 2003 and married the “love of her life”, Ron Wickham. They spent the last 15 years supporting, caring for, and loving each other. She had special bonds with Ron’s children and relished spending time with her grandchildren who brought so much joy to her life. She was a devoted member of Amelia Baptist Church where she spent many years volunteering as a Sunday School teacher.
An avid sports enthusiast, Terry loved her New York Yankees and always enjoyed a good tennis match. Her abiding passions were her family and “sister friends”. She loved nothing more than sitting and talking about life with the ones she loved – especially over a good Italian meal. She not-so-jokingly referred to food as her “love language”. Terry also loved arts and crafts and enjoyed making things to gift to others – always putting so much thought and detail into everything she created. She had an infectious zest for life and found beauty in simple things. An afternoon with Terry was guaranteed to be filled with warmth, laughter, and love. Above all, she had an unfailing faith in God and always sought to inspire others to seek a relationship with Him. Her generous, indomitable spirit will be missed by so many.
Terry is survived by her husband, Ron; step-children Daniel (Kelly) Wickham, David (Aimee) Wickham, Robert (Veronika) Wickham, Steven (Rhonda) Wickham; sister-in-love Maryann Saccone; nephews William (Kelly) Saccone, Nick (Hannah) Saccone; niece Kerry (Mike Shannon) Saccone; lifelong “sister friend” Barbara Pfeffer (Bob); her beloved grandchildren; many family members and close friends.
Visitation will be held at 2-3pm on Saturday, March 2, 2019 followed by the service at 3pm at Oxley-Heard – 1305 Atlantic Avenue, Fernandina Beach, FL 32034.
A gathering will take place at Amelia Baptist Church following the service.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Terry’s memory to The Humane Society or the The Ronald McDonald House Charities.
The family would like to extend our deepest gratitude to the Mayo Clinic of Jacksonville for their kindness and care over the last four years. We would also like to thank our friends and community for their constant support and encouragement.
“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” John 3:16