John Cary Wilson
Died: Sep 6, 2015
John Cary Wilson


Mr. John Cary Wilson, age 90 passed away peacefully at 4:45 AM on Sunday, September 6, 2015 at his residence. Mr. Wilson was born in North Tonawanda New York on February 25, 1925 the son of John T. Wilson and Marybelle (nee: Cary) Wilson.

John "Jack" Wilson grew up in North Tonawanda New York where he met his future wife of 66 years, Helen (nee Cameron) Wilson , who passed away in February of 2014.  Jack entered the Army in 1943, and in 1944 was assigned to Company G, 2nd Battalion, 112th Infantry Regiment.  Jack fought in the Battle of the Bulge and served through the end of the war, earning a Purple Heart.

Under the GI Bill , Jack earned his BA in American History and  Government in 1948 from the University at Buffalo and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa.  He earned his Master of Science in Education in 1951 also at UB.  His career in education spanned six decades and included teaching history at  Maryvale, Medina and Royalton Hartland Schools, where he also taught students with special needs.  he was an adjunct professor  at UB while teaching at Maryvale and co-authored a book titled The Maryvale Project: using Clinical Teams to improve Teacher Education.  He continued to focus on history education in his retirement years as he published articles, taught himself programming languages, developed the website, and taught part-time at Buffalo State in 2010 to cap off his career.

Jack's interests and pursuits were many and varied.  Scholar, soldier, minister, architect, builder, teacher, stage director, gardner, photographer, craftsman, union organizer, critical thinker and writer, website developer, husband, father, and grandfather are apt descriptors of talents, skills, and life.

Jack is survived by four children; John (Chris),  Robb (Kim),  Anne, and David ( Wan Qing) Grandfather of eight grandchildren; John, Megan, Evan, Hayley, Scott, Ian, Stuart and Grace. Great grandfather of Brody. Son of the late John T. Wilson and the late Marybelle (nee: Cary) Wilson. Brother of the late Jean Cowles.

Kindly consider sharing a favorite story of Jack and/or leaving a message of condolence for the family.  All corrospondence will be placed in the Wilson Family Book of Memories.

At Jack's request private services with burial in Elmlawn Cemetery will be held for the immediate family. To honor Jack's memory, the family  encourages memorial contributations to the Food Bank of WNY, 91 Holt Street Buffalo, New York 14206. Telephone: (716) 852-1305  On the memo portion of your check please write John C. Wilson.  Expressions of sympathy can be made on line by visiting their website.

The Wilson family has entrusted John's Care to the Kevin M. Mason Funeral Home, 154 Weimar Street Buffalo New York 14206.  (716) 362-0199  Fax: (716) 462-5355  Email:

Jo Peace
September 26th, 2015 7:23 am
I first met Jack 35 years ago when he and his father, John T Wilson, came to meet me during a 2 week holiday to Canada and the US. It was a big adventure for me as I met old family friends in Niagara Falls and made new ones, a short distance away, over the border in America. It was an amazing privilege to meet (then living) relatives that my paternal grandmother used to talk about in Aberdeen, when she remembered her cousins who had travelled from Scotland to the US all those years ago, and also to see their descendants! Shortly after I arrived, Jack took me to meet the rest of the family who were assembled for his retirement party. What a happy and joyful occasion that was! Jack, Helen and the rest of the Wilson crowd were so warm and welcoming then, and their generosity of spirit and kindness have continued through the years. Since that initial connection in 1980, my parents, Sandy and Doris, and brother Charles and his wife Jill, and their 3 boys, James, Iain and Alasdair, have also travelled to the US and connected with the Wilsons and we all have very fond memories of those times. I remember Jack as very kind and broad minded as well as very well informed and socially aware. He was always interested in others and had such a bright and happy presence about him! I feel very fortunate to have met him. My condolences go to all of Jack’s family and friends and I will be thinking of you especially today at his life celebration.
Wally & Donna Freiert
September 15th, 2015 6:43 pm
We are sorry to hear of the loss you family is going through. Our prayers are with you all.
Tom burkett
September 14th, 2015 9:28 am
Your knowledge, energy and conversations were a tremendous value to the students and staff at Royalton Hartland Junior/Senior High School. Tom Burkett, Librarian.
Indellible Smile
September 13th, 2015 3:26 pm
I only met Mr. Wilson for 4 hours one week before his passing. I went to his sons home to assist in his comfort and end-of-life care. I walked into the room where he was and when he saw me coming he flashed me what I believe was THE most beautiful smile I have ever seen. I am not kidding. It has resonated with me the entire week and whenever it has, I asked the Lord to be kind and merciful. I believe he was.
Carl Hollenbeck
September 12th, 2015 11:13 pm
I had the pleasure of having Mr. Wilson as a teacher at Royalton Hartland in the early 1970's. He was an excellent teacher and wonderful man. We ran into each other occasionally through the years at the Lockport Public Library and it was always a pleasure to visit. I wish I had known he was teaching at Buffalo State College because I would have loved to see him there. I think he would have gotten a chuckle that a former student ended up in charge of the Powerhouse.
Barbara Jantz Bull
September 11th, 2015 10:06 am
My teacher, and he was what a teacher should be. I have fond memories. He would let us stay after school and discuss what was on our minds.
Thomas E. Platek, Pharm.D.
September 8th, 2015 10:26 am
I was in the Maryvale class of '61, Mr. Wilson was a great history teacher but I remember him most for the philosophical discussion group he created and lead (Alpha Omega). He drew me out of my shell, encouraged me, and consequently had a great influenced my further education. My condolences to his family and friends,
Edward R. Szemraj
September 7th, 2015 11:21 pm
I remember Jack Wilson when I first came to Maryvale 50+ years ago as a young English teacher. His room was almost parallel to mine in the English-Social Studies wing on the first floor of the high school building. I can still hear his booming, clear, authoritative, powerful voice as he lectured forcefully on the many aspects of American history. He was a respected, talented, dedicated teacher; an articulate, witty debater and conversationalist. I offer my very sincere condolences to his family.
Bill Lin and Barbara Weitzner-Lin
September 7th, 2015 11:06 pm
Our condolences on your loss. A genuinely nice man, with many interests and accomplishments.
Al Pautler, ED.D.
September 7th, 2015 7:42 pm
I had the good fortune to teach at Maryvale from 57-67 and share conversation with John in the faculty room. I was not aware of his military service as I recall. Too bad you learn of these experiences too late. May he rest in peace with The Lord he served. A great teacher and wonderful person.
Michele Schreiner
September 7th, 2015 12:40 pm
Very sorry to hear about Mr. Wilson. I will miss him, our dinners, and lively conversations, Your parents share a place in my heart. You all are in my thoughts.
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