~ Tommy Wilson ~
Tom Wilson Sr. passed away this past Thursday, Dec. 1st, 2011. Tommy
was one of the first dominating drivers in NY State, winning the Eastern
Mutual Racing Club championship in 1952 and 1953 driving Charley
Pierce's P-13. Only a flat tire on the last lap kept him from a NYS Fair
Championship trophy in 1952. He also won the E.M.R.C. most popular
driver award in 1953 and he was so dominating at Vernon that he was
often placed on the pole for the feature go, and counted a lap down. No
matter, he would still win it. After his own racing career was over, he
helped his son, Tom Jr., become an accomplished racer in his own right
at Fonda Speedway. You can read more about Tom's racing career
here.
Below is his obituary as published in the Observer Dispatch. We'd like to
extend our condolences to the Wilson's on their loss.

Thomas E. Wilson
Waterville
Thomas E. Wilson, 83, of Canning Factory Rd., passed away Thursday,
December 1, 2011, at St. Elizabeth Medical Center, Utica, NY, with his
family by his side. He was born December 28, 1927, in the Town of
Augusta, a son of William and Kathleen Durling Wilson and was educated
in Madison schools. Tom was a U.S. Navy veteran of WWII, serving from
1945 to 1946 with the Seabees. On May 26, 1951, he was united in
marriage to Mary E. Von Matt in St. Bernard's Church, Waterville. A
lifelong resident of the Waterville area, Tom was a truck driver for Red
Star Express, and later was the Highway Superintendent for the Town of
Marshall. He had also served as a councilman for the Town of Marshall.
Tom had a passion for car racing and earned several championships
during the 1950's at Brookfield and other area tracks. In later years, he
built race engines for his son. Mr. Wilson was a communicant of St.
Bernard's Church in Waterville. He was a member of the Kelley Phillips
American Legion Post #569 of Oriskany Falls and the Teamsters Local 182
of Utica. Surviving are his wife of 61 years, Mary; a daughter and
son-in-law, Darlene "Dolly" and Edwin Abbe, of Waterville;
daughter-in-law, Margery Wilson, of Waterville; two sisters and a
brother-in-law, Bernita Pelton, of Syracuse; Patricia and Eugene Camp, of
Hamilton; his beloved grandchildren, Carrie Callan, of New Hartford,
Kristen Pumilia, of Waterville, Seth Abbe, of Claremont, FL, and Zachary
and Amanda Abbe, of Waterville; five great-grandchildren, Isabella,
Julianna, Joseph, Tommy and Jonny; and several nieces and nephews.
His son, James Thomas Wilson, predeceased him on March 2, 2002. A
Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Monday, December
5, 2011, from St. Bernard's Church, 199 Stafford Ave., Waterville, followed
by interment with military honors in St. Bernard's Cemetery. Friends are
invited to call at the Kloster - Northrop & Bentz Funeral Home, 210 E.
Main St., Waterville, on Sunday from 4-8 p.m. In lieu of flowers,
contributions in his memory may be made to St. Bernard's Capital Fund,
199 Stafford Ave., Waterville, NY 13480. To send a condolence or sign the
Book of Memories online go to: www.klosternorthropbentz.com