03-26-2014, 06:50 PM
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Re: Bills owner and founder Ralph Wilson dead at 95
This from Peter King
I was never particularly close to Wilson, though I talked to him several times a year and enjoyed his independent ways. And I am always uncomfortable when professional stuff crosses the line into the personal, but sometimes it does. It just does.
In 2010, my brother Bob died suddenly of a heart attack while riding his bike one day near his home in Connecticut. I wrote about it in my Monday Morning Quarterback column when I got back to work, and Wilson, after reading my tribute, wrote me a tremendously warm three-page handwritten letter about what a special person Bob must have been.
Wilson did something else. He wrote to my sister-in-law, Bob’s widow, and sent her a check for $10,000 for the college fund of her two children. I was speechless, which is rare. Then I found out about his $11 million in funding of medical research in Buffalo, largely in the cancer area, and his endowed scholarships at Canisius College and his alma mater, the University of Virginia, and the education building he funded at the summer home of the Bills, St. John Fisher College outside Rochester.
The NFL lost the last of the AFL owners Tuesday, an independent thinker and conscience of the league. America lost a good man.
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