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William J. Wilson


MASSENA – Mr. William John Wilson, 89, of 344 South Main Street, passed away early Sunday morning, April 14, 2013 at the James Square Health and Rehab Center in Syracuse.

Bill was born January 12, 1924 in Calabogie, Ontario, Canada, the only son of the late Isaac and Margaret Frances Hunter Wilson. He attended a one-room school house in Calabogie. He served in Europe during WWII for the Stormont, Dundas & Glengarry Highlanders of the Canadian Armed Forces. On October 4, 1947, he married Doris H. Furniss at St. John Bosco Catholic Church in Cornwall with Rev. Poirier, officiating. Doris predeceased him on May 25, 2007.

After moving to Massena in 1959, Bill opened his own repair shop, Bill’s Auto Repair Station, on South Main Street, where he continued to operate his business for many years. He was a longtime member of St. John’s Episcopal Church and of the Free and Accepted Masons Lodge #513 in Massena. Bill was an avid Toronto Maple Leafs and New York Mets fan, truly loved spending time with his family, and working on cars.

Bill is survived by his two children, Kathy (Jeff) Jost of Verona Beach, NY; and Steve ( Karen) Wilson of North Syracuse, NY; 5 grandchildren, Stacey Carpenter, Patrick (Natalie) Mousaw, Samantha Valdez, and Matt and Joe Wilson; 3 great grandchildren, Douglas Carpenter, Tyler Valdez and David Dubray; his sister, Emily Bridges of Calabogie; and many nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by a son, William G. Wilson on April 18, 2003; a daughter, Diane Murphy on June 23, 2011; and five sisters, Pearl Easton, Verna McNee, Evelyn Wilson, Sadie Abel, and Jean McLean.

Friends may call Wednesday, April 17th, 1:00 – 3:00 PM at the Donaldson Funeral Home, Massena, where funeral services will be held at 3:00 PM with Mother Elizabeth Papazoglakis, officiating. Burial will follow in Calvary Cemetery, Massena.

Memorial Contributions may be made in his memory to Massena Meals on Wheels.

Memories and condolences may be made online at

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