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Bills Announce Wilson Remembrance Plans



(WBEN) The Buffalo Bills have announced plans for an event where fans can remember and celebrate the life of team owner Ralph Wilson, seeing mementos of his life and signing a guestbook for his family.

The event will be held at the fieldhouse that bears his name, this coming Saturday from 1 pm until 4 pm.  Lots will open at 12 noon. Tailgating will not be allowed.

 
Remembering
Ralph Wilson
 Saturday  April 5  
1pm - 4 pm
.
Ralph Wilson Fieldhouse
One Bills Drive
, Orchard Park
                             
 Parking Lots will open at Noon
Vehicles must enter Drive One/Lot One via Big Tree Road and park as directed by Allpro personnel in Lot 1 and the Fieldhouse Lot

 Fans are reminded this is a non-tailgate event
 
The event will feature "memorabilia and artifacts from Mr. Wilson’s legacy with the Buffalo Bills," the team said in a prepared statement.

During his 95 years, Buffalo Bills owner Ralph Wilson went from fan to "Foolish Club" member to the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
 
COMPLETE COVERAGE: Remembering Wilson & Looking at The Team's Future in WNY without him 

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In 1959, Wilson founded the Bills in helping establish the upstart American Football League, whose owners were dubbed "The Foolish Club" for having the chutzpah to challenge the NFL. Some five years later, Wilson played an influential role in the framework for the merger of the leagues. He was the only owner the team ever had.

Born in Columbus, Ohio, in 1918, Wilson moved to Detroit three years later when his father, Ralph Wilson Sr., took a sales job at an auto dealership. While based there, he continued to contribute to the Western New York community and was steadfast in refusing to sell or move the team to a more lucrative larger media market.

. He is survived by wife Mary, daughters Christy Wilson-Hofmann, who serves as a Bills consultant, and Edith Wilson. There's also niece Mary Owen, who serves on several NFL committees while working as the team's executive vice president of strategic planning,

 Since his death the team has been operating in a trust set up by his estate


 

PFHOF/Paul Spinelli
 
Courier Express/Buffalo State College
 
 Through The Years 
PHOTOS: The Life of Ralph C. Wilson Jr.

Over 50  photos including his 2009 induction into the Hall of Fame &  his time as President of the AFL in 1966.
 

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