Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Donald E. "Donnie" Wilson Jr.


New Field, NY - Donald E. "Donnie" Wilson Jr., age 45, entered into rest on Tuesday, April 2, 2013 in Ithaca. He was born on January 11, 1968 in Ithaca to Donald E. and Ann E. Searle Wilson.

Donnie graduated from Wellsville High School in 1986 where he played three different sports and especially loved playing baseball. Donnie later attended Buffalo State College. He enjoyed being a chef and he was an avid Buffalo Bills fan. Donnie worked at Cornell University for 14 years where he was a member of the UAW #2300. He was a member of the Eagles Lodge #1253and had been a member of the Elks Lodge #1495. Donnie will be remembered for his great love of his family and friends.

Survivors include: his mother Ann E. Searle (William) Hendrick of Wellsville; his father Donald E. Wilson Sr.; a sister Bridgette Wilson Norton of Akron; 2 nieces, Allison and Grace Norton; maternal grandmother Elizabeth "Betty" Searle of Wellsville; several aunts uncles and cousins; many long time friends including his best friend Charlie Hunsinger.

Friends are invited to call on Sunday, April 7, 2013, from 12 noon to 2pm at the J.W. Embser Sons Funeral Home, 34 West State Street, Wellsville, New York. At 2 pm a funeral service will take place in the funeral home with Deacon Frank Pasquale presiding. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the Wellsville Baseball Boosters, 126 West State Street Wellsville, New York 14895.  To leave online condolences please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com.

10 comments:

  1. Mr. Wilson,
    You left us much too soon. You will be missed, and remembered fondly.

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  2. Donnie was a great friend who will be missed by so many. He gave great bear hugs when you needed one. He would be a shoulder to cry on if you needed one. He would listen to anyone that would come to him. RIP Donnie

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  3. M.A. Baldwin- NewarkApril 4, 2013 at 9:53 AM

    So very sad to hear about Donnie.
    Thinking of you all...God bless!
    Pops was right there to greet him!

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  4. Donnie will be missed by all of us at Cornell University. He was such a pleasure to be around and work with. My thoughts are with his family and friends. RIP Donnie. Tim A.

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  5. Terry and Joe FerraraApril 4, 2013 at 5:32 PM

    Such a sad loss of a man that was so full of love....Condolences to the family. Rest in Peace

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  6. I am saddened to hear of the passing of Donnie Wilson. Donnie and I shared many memories, and I still am finding it hard to believe that he has passed. I saw Donnie's potential when many others saw a challenge. Donnie was bright, intelligent, sophisticated, and a real charmer, and I believed in him even when he didn't believe in himself. I will always value all the memories I have gained from knowing him. Together we fought the good fight, and yes, together we accomplished much. I will never forget the trips to Albany, Washington D.C., and especially the trip we took to NYC after 9-11. Over the years Donnie and I didn't keep in touch, but I still valued all the time that we shared in the past. I will never forget the tricks he played to keep my spirit young, and my hopes of the future high. Like the time I came back from a trip and found that he and others decided to string toilet paper all over my office. The note on the desk, and I recognized the writing because only Donnie could print that good, read and I quote " This Toilet Paper Was Not Purchased With Union Dues". I will forever miss you my union brother, Brian Goodell

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  7. I am so sorry for your loss, beloved family and friends. I met Donnie many years ago through my sister, who worked with him for many years and treasured a close friendship with him. I was taken by his sweet and charming manner. I got to know him a little better years later when my husband began working with him. He was so friendly and thoughtful, and we chatted many times. He was a great listener, and a real comforting hug was always available when needed, or even just a happy hug to show he was glad to see anyone he cared about. I am so sad to think about all the chats and hugs he can no longer give to those of us who truly cared about him. I will treasure my memories of him and his bright and sunny smiles. I'm sure there's a special place for him in Heaven, and I hope to see him again in the next life. Farewell, dear Donnie. You will be missed by a large number of people who were fortunate enough to know you. You left too soon and our sadness will be great, but our memories will keep you alive in our hearts and minds. Rest in peace, and I hope there is Rock and Roll in Heaven, as I know you and I shared a true passion for the best music of our lives and times! God bless!

    Sincerely,
    Barbara (and John) Caruso

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  8. My sincerest sympathies to you on your loss. Donnie was a sweet and friendly man with a great smile and real compassion and charm. I met him through my sister many years ago when she worked with him at Cornell. They shared a long term friendship that I know she valued greatly. I was taken by his warmth and charm. I got to know him better years later when my husband worked with him (also at Cornell). We chatted often, and he was a great listener, as well as one who could give a comforting hug when needed, or just a big happy hug to show he was glad to see anyone he cared about. We shared a true passion for Rock and Roll, and I hope Heaven has plenty of good tunes for him to listen to while he waits for the rest of us to join him! I will miss him, but his memories will always keep his spirit alive for all who were lucky enough to know him. Rest in peace, Donnie. You will be missed by all who cared about you. God bless!

    Barb (and John) Caruso

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  9. Debbie and I are very sad to hear of the passing of Donnie. Donnie was a fondly remembered student of mine at WHS. He was always kind and caring. We were out of town and were unable to attend his service. Our thoughts are with members of his family and friends. Sr. Clark and Debbie.

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  10. Debbie and I are very sad to learn of the passing of Donnie. Donnie was a fondly remembered student of mine at WHS. He was always kind , caring, athletic and inquisitive. We were out of town and unable to attend his service. Our thoughts are with his family and friends. Sr.Clark and Debbie

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