Resolution J4263-2013

Mourning the death of Ralph C. Wilson, Jr., founder and owner of the NFL's Buffalo Bills, distinguished citizen and devoted member of his community

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  • Mar 27, 2014: ADOPTED
  • Mar 27, 2014: REPORTED TO CALENDAR FOR CONSIDERATION
  • Mar 25, 2014: REFERRED TO FINANCE

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LEGISLATIVE  RESOLUTION  mourning  the  death  of  Ralph C. Wilson, Jr.,
founder and owner of the NFL's Buffalo Bills, distinguished citizen  and
devoted member of his community

WHEREAS,  It  is  the  custom of this Legislative Body to pay tribute to
citizens whose lifework and civic endeavor served to enhance the quality
of life in their communities and the great State of New York; and
  WHEREAS, Born on October 17, 1918, in Columbus, Ohio, Ralph C. Wilson,
Jr. died on Tuesday, March 25, 2014, at the age of 95; and
  WHEREAS, Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. grew up in Detroit, Michigan,  graduated
from the University of Virginia, and attended the University of Michigan
Law School; and
  WHEREAS,  At  the  University of Virginia, Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. joined
the Phi Delta Theta fraternity; and
  WHEREAS, Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. enlisted in the United States  Navy  and
served  his  country  in  both  the Atlantic and Pacific Theaters during
World War II; and
  WHEREAS, After the war ended, he took over  the  successful  insurance
business  of  his  father and invested in Michigan area mines and facto-
ries;   he   eventually   purchased   several   manufacturing   outlets,
construction  firms, and radio stations, and founded Ralph Wilson Indus-
tries; and
  WHEREAS, Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. distinguished himself in his  profession
and  by  his  sincere  dedication  and  substantial  contribution to the
welfare of his community; and
  WHEREAS, The founder and owner of the NFL's Buffalo  Bills,  Ralph  C.
Wilson, Jr. was also one of the founding owners of the American Football
League, the league that the NFL merged with in 1970, and was the last of
the original AFL owners; and
  WHEREAS,  Under  the  ownership  of  Ralph C. Wilson, Jr., the Buffalo
Bills won four consecutive AFL Championships, 1990-1993, making them one
of the most successful teams of that era; and
  WHEREAS, Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. was inducted into the PRO FOOTBALL  HALL
OF  FAME  on August 8, 2009; at the time of his death, he was the oldest
owner in the National Football League; and
  WHEREAS, Armed with a humanistic spirit and imbued  with  a  sense  of
compassion,  Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. leaves behind a legacy which will long
endure the passage of time and will remain as a comforting memory to all
he served and befriended; now, therefore, be it
  RESOLVED, That this Legislative Body pause  in  its  deliberations  to
mourn  the death of Ralph C. Wilson, Jr., founder and owner of the NFL's
Buffalo Bills, distinguished citizen, and devoted member of his communi-
ty; and be it further
  RESOLVED, That a copy of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be tran-
smitted to the family of Ralph C. Wilson, Jr.

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