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WILSON
THOMAS N., JR.
Age 82, of O'Hara Twp., on Monday, April 9, 2012, with his family at his side. Thomas N. Wilson, Jr. went to his first Pitt football game at the age of six when his father took a group from the neighborhood to sit in the end zone for twenty-five cents each. It started a lifelong love for sports and Pitt even though he was a graduate of Baldwin Wallace College in Berea, OH, where he was a member of Alpha Sigma Phi Fraternity and was chosen for Who's Who in American Colleges and Universities. He was one of the first Golden Panthers and had seats for both Pitt football and basketball. He gave a scholarship at each school. His five Steeler tickets were for himself, his son, two grandsons and a great- grandson. Tom was the son of Thomas Norman Wilson, Sr. and Mildred Wright Wilson. His children were Thomas N. Wilson, III (Janice Robey) and Karen Elizabeth Besanceney (William). The grandchildren are Von and Cathy Hufnagle, Megan and Teddy Wilson and his great- grandson is Jason Hufnagle. He was the brother of Edward Wilson (Jane) and Joanne Fried (William). He is also survived by nieces and nephews. Tom met his wife, Connie (Carolyn Flint) at Peabody High School. They were married after college, and he almost immediately went into the Navy. His experience there as a Disbursing Clerk during the Korean War led to a banking career in civilian life. He joined Pittsburgh National Bank as a Credit Investigator, was picked for the Management Training Program and moved steadily through many positions, ending as a Vice-President and Chairman of the Leasing Program. He was a graduate of Stonier's Graduate School of Banking at Rutgers University. With all his experience Tom became the Treasurer of many organizations including The Ward Home for Children, the Goodwill, the local United Negro College Fund. The Pittsburgh Convention Bureau and the Pittsburgh Rotary Club, where he served as President and The Summer's Best Two Weeks after helping to found the camp years ago. His favorite experience was serving as the Banker for six major tournaments at Oakmont Country Club, where he was a member as well as one at Laurel Valley. He also played golf in Tequesta, FL, where he bought a Condo thirty years ago. Tom was a member of Fox Chapel Methodist Church, now known as Faith, and active in many Methodist programs. In his later years, he and his family were in the Commercial Real Estate business. The family will receive friends Thursday, 6-8 p.m. and Friday, 2-4, 6-8 p.m. at the Faith United Methodist Church, 261 W. Chapel Ridge Road, (Pittsburgh 15238), where a Funeral Service will be held Saturday at 1 p.m. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions to Summer's Best Two Weeks, 111 Lake Gloria Road, Boswell, PA 15531 or to the , 444 Liberty Ave., Pgh., PA 15222. Funeral arrangements by WEDDELL - AJAK FUNERAL HOME, Aspinwall.
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Published in Pittsburgh Post-Gazette from Apr. 11 to Apr. 13, 2012
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