Ron was born May 23, 1933 to the late Lenard and Violette Wilson in Schenectady County, New York. In 1954 he graduated from Duke University with a degree in Mechanical Engineering and was a Registered Engineer. He proudly served his country in the United States Air Force as a pilot.
He was an avid fisherman, enjoyed all sports, and loved all the animals in his life. Throughout the years, he volunteered with A Helping Hand, Duke University Engineering, and the professional engineering societies of which he was a member.
Ron played lacrosse for Duke and continued to officiate and support lacrosse for many years. In 2018, he was inducted into the North Carolina/USA Lacrosse Hall of Fame.
Ron is survived by his wife, Cherie Wilson; sons, Gus Wilson, Bob Wilson, John Wilson; daughters, Michele Smith, Diana Smith; grandchildren, Celeste, Isaac, Ian, Jack, Eli, Ethan, and Claire; great-grandchildren, Isaiah, Alex, Scarlett, and Evelyn.
A memorial service will be held at a later date.
The family asks that if friends desire to, a memorial contribution in his name may be made to the Dementia Alliance in Raleigh at https://dementianc.org/ or the Charles House Association in Chapel Hill at http://charleshouse.org/support.htm.
Online condolences can be made at www.hudsonfuneral home.com
Published in HeraldSun from Jan. 29 to Feb. 3, 2019
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