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Gordon R Wilson "The Great, Great Guy!" The well-known and highly respected Salt Lake City business leader, who founded "Gordon Wilson Chevrolet" and initiated the Murray Auto Mile, passed away peacefully among members of his family on August 22, 2009. An active member of his Church, a philanthropist and humanitarian, he had maintained a low, but active community profile since his retirement in 1987. Gordon was born in Detroit, Michigan on October 15, 1932. He is survived by his loving wife of 57 years, Georgia Ann (Schappe), daughter, Kathleen Wilson, son, Richard Wilson (Melissa), daughter, Patricia Schafer (Robert), son Thomas (Mary), and daughter Susan Purol (Richard). He was preceded in death by his parents, Gordon A. Wilson I, Margaret Kelly Wilson, his sister, Peggy and loving son Gordon A. Wilson III. The Wilson family also included 14 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. Gordon Wilson open Gordon Wilson Chevrolet in Murray in 1965, setting the stage for growth in Murray and south Salt Lake Valley that followed. In recent years Mr. Wilson was Chairman of the Board of Directors for Christus St. Joseph's Villa and guided it though a $15 million expansion. He was also Chief Executive of Metals Research Inc. Mr. Wilson graduated from Catholic Central High School in Detroit and General Motors Institute. A leader in the automobile industry he has founded and President of the Chevrolet Dealers Association. He was a leader in the automobile industry. He was also an instructor at the National Post-graduate School of Modern Merchandising and Management, and lectured at the Business School a Brigham Young University and University of Utah. Gordon organized the "Viaduct Visitors" to assist the less fortunate of downtown Salt Lake City. Many Sunday mornings he could be seen serving scrambled eggs to the downtown homeless in the 1970's and 80's. Among his pastimes, Gordon enjoyed showing horses, making it a family activity. He served on the Board of-the Utah State Horse Show Association and was President of the National Road Horse Association. A supporter of University of Notre Dame, Gordon was an ardent fan of Irish football team throughout his life. "Go Irish!" A Funeral Mass will be celebrated Wednesday 1:00 p.m. at Saint Vincent De Paul Catholic Church, 1375 East Spring Lane. A viewing will be held Wednesday from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. also at the church. Committal Mt. Calvary Catholic Cemetery 4th Ave. and T Street. In lieu of flowers, consider donations to the Carmelite Monastery, 5714 Holladay Blvd., Salt Lake City, UT 84121-1599 or Christus St. Joseph's Villa, 451 Bishop Federal Lane, Salt Lake City, UT 84115. Funeral Directors: Neil O'Donnell Mortuary.


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Published in Deseret News from Aug. 25 to Aug. 26, 2009.
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December 3, 2020
Melissa where are you. I’ve been looking. Sherrie
Sherrie Waldron Johnson
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September 8, 2009
To the Wison Family-

We recently heard about the death of Gordon. You all are in our thoughts and prayers.

We have always admired the generous acts and donations of your family. Gordon certainly was an influence on the church, the community and the state. We are proud that we knew him.

Frank and Patricia Pignanelli and family
September 5, 2009
My wish for the Wilson family is peace, love, and continued happy memories of their beloved Gordon
Anne cowley
August 29, 2009
I remember the first time I met "GW" and "Moma-G" and like all things worth remembering, it seems as if it were only yesterday! I think the measure of a Love in a person is the image they leave long after they've gone. Meeting Thomas, in 1980, was my first witnessing of this Power of Love I speak. I was to see the same image, radiating briliantly, on each of you. True, we are not perfect, fortunatly, Love is and that's all that matters! "...Go rest high on that mountain..." GW! Thank you for the many Gifts your Life has left behind, for those I know, I will cherish for all time!

Sending you all the Love that heaven will allow! Curtis, Caorlyn, Vincent & Claire
Curtis C Greco
August 28, 2009
My sympathies to the entire extended family. I will never forget the hospitality I was shown by Gordon
Chris Cannon
August 28, 2009
Georgia Ann & Family:
I just learned of Gordon's passing last night. Gordon was like a father to me as you know. Thanks to all of you for allowing him to spend the time to turn my life around. Not a day goes by when I don't use one of the skills he taught me about life and business.
His kindness and concern for me and my family was the most important thing. While we haven't communicated for 10 years or so, I know he knows how important he was in my life.
I read many of the articles and obituaries. I have written a story about his contribution to the University of Utah through the Salt Lake Valley Chevrolet Dealer's Association. It was mentioned in any of the material I have read. I would be happy to email to you if you will send me your address.
I'll be thinking about Gordon and all of you for the next few days.

Norm Sheya
ns@hatsandmore.com
August 28, 2009
Georgia Ann & Family:
I just learned of Gordon's passing last night. Gordon was like a father to me as you know. Thanks to all of you for allowing him to spend the time to turn my life around. Not a day goes by when I don't use one of the skills he taught me about life and business.
His kindness and concern for me and my family was the most important thing. While we haven't communicated for 10 years or so, I know he knows how important he was in my life.
I read many of the articles and obituaries. I have written a story about his contribution to the University of Utah through the Salt Lake Valley Chevrolet Dealer's Association and sent it to sports editors of both newspapers. It was not mentioned in any of the material I have read. I would be happy to email a copy of the article to you if you will send me your address.
I'll be thinking about Gordon and all of you for the next few days.

Norm Sheya
ns@hatsandmore.com
August 27, 2009
Georgia Ann and Family,

Georgia Ann, I think of you and Gordan often, what a grand lady you have always been,Gordan and you were so good togeather, 57 years what a blessing.
May your passed life get you thru the next few years, God be with you.
Love Loy

P.S. I would love to visit with you. If any of you kids would call me, same old #.
Loy Ann Smith
August 27, 2009
RONALD EDGEMAN AND FRANK BANKHEAD
August 27, 2009
Patti,
I am so sorry to hear about your Fathers passing, my thoughts and Prayers are with you at this difficult time.

Sincerely,
Ray Bird
Ray Bird
August 26, 2009
The Gordon Wilson family,
We wanted to offer our sincere condolences to all of you. Gordon was a true leader in the automobile business as well as a great influence in the community. I know you will all miss him greatly. God bless. Tony and Cynthia Divino
Tony Divino
August 26, 2009
Georgia Ann and Wilson Family Members,

Our deepest sympathies go to you. We are saddened to hear of your beloved Gordon’s passing. He had a tremendous gift of always being personable, and we will miss him for that. Please know he is with you always, and may he rest in Peace.

Sincerely & Affectionately,

Kirk and Colleen Doherty
August 26, 2009
Dear Wilson Family,

Our sincere condolences to the Wilson family especially, Tom, former teacher at Juan Diego Catholic High school.

As a young Catholic growing up in the Salt Lake Diocese, one could not help being impacted by Gordon Wilson and the Wilson family. He and his family contributed so much to so many causes.

His presence and example of what it means to be a good and holy man is noted by many of us.

Sincerely,

Galey Colosimo
Principal, Juan Diego Catholic High School

P.S. I hope he and my dad can help the Irish from heaven this year as he most surely resides
Galey Colosimo
August 26, 2009
Dear Tom and Wilson Family,
My deepest condolences on your loss. Some of my fondest high school memories are of the times we spent at your home, with your family, having fun. You are all in my thoughts and prayers during this most difficult time.
JoAnn Slama Lighty
August 26, 2009
Dear Wilson Family,
It was with a heavy heart that I read the Tribune Obituaries today and noticed that Gordon had passed away.
You guys were always special to us as we reflect about some of the fun and happy times of the past. We will pray for and our hearts go out to all of you.
Georgia Ann, Kathy, Dick, Tom, Patty, Susie and all of your family's rest in peace as your Husband and Father really was a Great Great Guy !
Love to all of you,
Bob And Linda Ipson
Robert Ipson
August 26, 2009
To the Wilson family:

My most sincere condolences to you all. I have fond memories of Gordon and his wonderful generosity to so many. Gordon was a man who truly lived his faith. May he rest in peace.
August 26, 2009
Dear Gordon Wilson Family,

I have not had pleasure of meeting Gordon's family. I did, however, know your father and husband. In was in 1969 when Mr. Wilson gave me my first experience in sales. I have precious memories of my associations and experiences made during the time I worked at 5600 South State with the "Great Great Guy". As a newely wed, he gave the the use of a brand new Monte Carlo to drive on my honeymoon to San Francisco. He was always kind and generous. I will never forget the lessons I learned while under his tutelage. I am so glad I knew him and I will forever be grateful for his memory. I'm confident his family will always be proud of him and his accomplishments.

Sincerely,

Matt White
August 26, 2009
Dear Wilson Family, Our condolences to your family, Our Father Dan Retford worked for Gordon at the dealership, and our families became friends after that. I know Dan and Donna Retford shared many a happy trip with them. Kathy and I became good friends(Sherrie Retford), and my brothers, Dan and Mike Retford with Gordie and Richard, and our little sis Peggy Jo Retford with Suzie.
Please know our thoughts and prayers are with your family.
Love to you all! The Dan Retford Family, Dan, Donna, Sherrie, Danny, Mike, and Peggy Jo
Dan, Donna, Sherrie, Danny, Mike and Peggy Jo Retford
August 26, 2009
Dear Wilson Family,
Gordon was a great great guy. I worked at a Bank in Holladay and when he came in I knew that I was going to enjoy a great conversation with him. He would share his great cruise experiences and share his appreciation for what I did at the bank. I am so glad that I could call him my friend.
Sherri Bird
August 26, 2009
Dear Kathy,Craig,Brain,David and Kevin,

I was so sorry to hear about the death of Gordon. I remember how nice he was to me when I was just a little girl. I know Mike appreciated all the knowledge and opportunity Gordon gave him in the car business. I am so sorry for your loss.
Connie Parker
August 25, 2009
i went to school with his daughter kathy so i am sending my condolences to her and the family. you are in my thoughts and prayers.
susan kounalis
August 25, 2009
Dear Susie and Family,
I have many fond memories of times spent at your home and with your family growing up. My deepest condolences at your time of loss. God Bless.

Sue Reese Lapsys
August 25, 2009
Dear Susie and Family,
I have many fond memories of times spent at your home and with your family growing up. My deepest condolences at your time of loss. God Bless.

Sue Reese Lapsys
August 25, 2009
Dear Kathy and family,
I am so sorry for your loss. Kathy,I know you never cared for the "Great, great guy" jingle, but I always thought it described his essence. I remember him and the twinkle in his eyes so fondly. My condolences and thoughts are with you in this sad time.
Katie McDonald
August 25, 2009
Georgia Ann,
The times our families spent together will always be cherished and remembered forever. You,Gordon and your family had a great impact on all our lives and Gordon will be deeply missed.
Steve Aberton
August 25, 2009
Though I only had the privilege of knowing Gordon for a relatively short time, I knew immediately he was a man of great integrity. He will certainly be missed but his legacy will live on in his loving family and wonderful accomplishments. May Gordon rest in peace.

Scott Cameron (Joan's fiancé).
Scott Cameron
August 25, 2009
WE HAVE SINCERELY APPRECIATED THE WARM FRIENDSHIP OF THE WILSON'S OVER THE YEARS AND WILL GREATLY MISS GORDON'S PRESENCE HERE AT OUR MONASTERY CHAPEL. WE OFFER OUR WARMEST CONDOLENCES TO ALL THE WILSON FAMILY AT THIS THEIR MOMENT OF SORROW. WE KEEP YOU CLOSELY IN OUR PRAYERS. SR. MARY JOSEPH AND THE CARMELITE NUNS
August 25, 2009
Dear Georgia and Family.
I learned the automobile business from Gordon, I will never forget him. Someone so special can never be forgotten. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Bill Padilla
August 25, 2009
Cuz, may the peace of Christ be with you and the family.

All our love...
Ronnie and Judy
Ron Schappe
August 25, 2009
My heartfelt sympathies for your loss. Gordon was always very good to me as was your family. May God Bless!
Love,
Sandy Kitchen Preece
Sandy Preece
August 25, 2009
Georgia Ann and Family,
Much love,
Betty Wilson Blackett
August 25, 2009
GORDON AND GEORGIA ANN WERE AMONG OUR "FIRST FAMILY" OF FRIENDS WHEN WE REGISTERED AT ST. VINCENT'S THOSE MANY YEARS AGO. HE WILL BE SORELY MISSED.

MARIAN AND TOM CORRIGAN
August 25, 2009
Dear Susie and family,

Please know that my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. In time, the pain will lessen and you will find comfort in happy and joyful memories of your father.
Becky Corbin
August 25, 2009
Georgia Ann, you and Gordon have been family friends for almost 40 years. I know how hard the last few years have been for you. But now I'm sure that he is with my folks, Frank and Barabra reliving fishing tales, St. Vincent stories and all the good times while toasting us all. My thoughts and prayers are with you. Love Mickey
Mickey Adams
August 25, 2009
I was so sorry to hear of your loss. Please let me know if there is anything I can do to help at this time.
My thoughts and prayers are with you.
Joe Allem
August 25, 2009
May God bless you and your family with wonderful memories

With love
Aline
Aline Richeson
August 25, 2009
Dear Susie and the Wilson Family:

I was saddened to see that Gordon passed away. He was a great man. Highly respected! Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time.

God Bless all of you!

Williams Family
Jennifer Williams
Jennifer Williams
August 25, 2009
Gordon was my grandfather and had a profound impact on my life. He has taught me many valuable life lessons that I will pass on to my children. I will miss him dearly.
Craig Peacock
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