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John S. Wilson


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Funeral services for John Sparling Wilson, age 80, of Morristown, NY, will
be held on Wednesday (April 29th) at 1:00 p.m. at Frary Funeral Home, Ogdensburg with Rev. Nora
Jerzak officiating. Burial will be in
Ingham Cemetery in Brier Hill. Calling
hours will be held on Wednesday from Noon to 1:00 p.m. Mr. Wilson
passed away Sunday, April 19th, at
Medical Center
Ogdensburg, NY, after a brief illness.

Mr. Wilson is survived by his wife, H. Sue Wilson, his children, Patricia (Jacob) Vogel of Oswego, NY; Thomas S. Wilson of
Oswego, NY, and Elizabeth (Robert) Frey of Mechanicsville, MD.; and his
grandchildren Jesse O’Day, Cory Frey, and Emily Frey. Among those who will miss
him are stepchildren Kathy and Ron Joslin and their children, and many cousins,
nieces and nephews, and an aunt and uncle.
He is predeceased by his son, Michael Wilson
in 2007.

Mr. Wilson was born on August
6, 1928, in Syracuse, NY, to the late Irwin Wilson, a Canadian from Montreal,
Quebec, and Kathryn Arletta Mudge Wilson, of Syracuse
. John
grew up living in Canada every summer and the U.S. during the school year. He
graduated from Vocational High School, Syracuse, NY, in 1946. On June 12, 1948,
John married Gertrude Patchett, who pre-deceased him July 27, 1993.
He married H. Sue Easton
in August 1995 in Brier Hill. He began
during the Depression at age nine, developing a desire to
operate his own business someday. Determination and discipline moved him from
messenger boy to warehouse laborer to foreman, and then into sales, sales
manager, and in his last position as an employee, general manager. In 1972,
John bought Shapiro Paper Co., Inc., in Oswego, NY, a wholesale paper and
janitorial supply house serving central and northern New York industries,
schools, municipalities, hospitals, restaurants and bars, and various
businesses large and small. John never completely retired but turned over the
daily operations of his company to his son, Michael G. Wilson, who pre-deceased
him November 4, 2007. The business was sold in 2008.

activities included Kiwanis and the Black Lake Fishermen. John loved fishing
with his old friends and family, and he especially enjoyed teaching his
children and grandchildren to fish. He liked to hunt occasionally, but he loved
being outdoors in the woods and fields more than the hunt.

may be made in his memory to Hospice and Palliative Care of St. Lawrence

4 Condolences

  • Edward and Judith O’Donnell Posted April 26, 2009 9:28 PM

    We are so sorry to hear of John’s passing.
    Although we haven’t seen each other in years we will always remember him and the fun we had up on the St. Lawrence. Our thoughts and prayers are with him and the rest of his family.

  • Rick Hamilton Posted April 28, 2009 12:08 PM


    We are all saddened by the passing of your father. Our thoughts are with you and the family. Friends are always there for you.

    Rick and Esther

  • Bill Wheeler Posted April 28, 2009 2:59 PM

    Patty & Tommy.. Im so deeply saddened by the passing of your dad. As you know, Ive known and been close to your entire family for many years now – never more so than during the mid 1980’s when I worked at Shapiro Paper for your father – and he, your mother, you, Tom, and Michael, adopted me into the fold and treated me as one of the family at a time when I needed one most.

    Since 1989 when I left Shapiro and moved to Boston Ive only seen John once – a few summers ago. After all that time he was exactly the same man I remembered from nearly 20 years prior, and although I was no longer that bushy haired young man in his 20’s, he too, remembered, and made me feel the same way he did then.

    Seeing John also made me reflect on all the things I learned from him over the years, and I realized that in large part, I owe a great deal of the success Ive enjoyed throughout my life to him – to his wisdom, his guidence, and the knowledge and opportunities he gave to me. I will miss him, I will think of him fondly, and when I do I will always smile.

  • Gordy Hunter Posted May 3, 2009 4:39 AM

    Our thoughts go out to the entire family. Johnny and my dad, Neal Hunter, were as close as brothers. I smile every time I think of Johnny. He was a great comfort to Dad during his final illness. Dad looked forward to his visits so much. I saw Johnny the last time two years ago when he came to Dad’s memorial service. As usual, he took me aside for some words of encouragement … and to remind me that I needed to go fishing more often! It was just so characteristic of him. I’m sure he and Dad are together again looking for a great fishing hole.

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