In Memoriam

DURHAM - Mr. Ronald L. Wilson, 85, passed away Friday, January 25, 2019.

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 or the Charles House Association in Chapel Hill at Online condolences can be made at www.hudsonfuneral Published in HeraldSun from Jan. 29 to Feb. 3, 2019

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