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.
Published in Deseret News from Aug. 25 to Aug. 26, 2009.