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COMPLETE COVERAGE: The Life of Ralph C. Wilson Jr.



 Ralph Wilson Jr.Ralph Wilson Jr., the only owner the Buffalo Bills have ever had, has died at age 95.

COMPLETE COVERAGE: A Wilson Photo Album | His Life |  Now What for The Team ? | Remembrances

Bills President Russ Brandon  made the announcement at the league's winter meetings in Orlando on Tuesday. Wilson was 95.

Wilson died at his home in Grosse Pointe Shores, Mich., around 1:40 p.m., said Mary Mazur, spokeswoman for the Wayne County medical examiner's office. "He had been receiving in-home hospice care." she said.  

Wilson had been in failing health for several years after having hip surgery in 2011. Though he spent much of his time at his home suburban Detroit, he was well enough to attend the Hall of Fame induction weekends over the past few years.

Wilson was the founder and sole owner of the Bills after establishing the team with the upstart American Football League in 1960. He was inducted into the Football Hall of Fame in 2009.    READ MORE ON HIS LIFE HERE 


The Future of The Team

"I can't speculate what's going to happen in the future. But don't worry," Wilson said in 2008 only adding to the angst likely to build now after his death.  

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 Through The Years 

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A  collection of photos including his 2009 induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame and during his time as President of the AFL in 1966.


Though 95 years old, the death of Buffalo Bills Founder and Owner Ralph Wilson Jr. sent shockwaves through the Western New York community.

 READ REACTION FROM BUFFALO & BEYOND HERE

 
"Mr. Wilson had a relentless passion, a deep love for his Buffalo Bills, the City of Buffalo and the National Football League"
 
-Bills Pres. Russ Brandon
 
   "The people of Buffalo and Western New York have lost a true gentleman and friend"

 -Cong Chris Collins
 
   "He was a man of great integrity who kept his word to our community"
--County Exec Mark Poloncarz
 

 

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