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John Cary ‘Jack’ Wilson, teacher, WWII veteran

Feb. 25, 1925 – Sept. 6, 2015

John Cary “Jack” Wilson, a World War II Army veteran who fought in the Battle of the Bulge and was awarded the Purple Heart, died Sunday in his Amherst home. He was 90.

A North Tonawanda native, he graduated from North Tonawanda High School and was class president.

In 1943, Mr. Wilson joined the Army, and was assigned to Company G, 2nd Battalion, 112th Infantry Regiment, and served in the European Theater until the end of the war.

Through the GI Bill, Mr. Wilson earned a bachelor’s degree in 1948 in American history and government from the University of Buffalo, where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa.

He also earned a master’s degree in education from UB.

His career as an educator spanned six decades, beginning in the 1950s. Mr. Wilson taught in the Maryvale, Medina and Royalton-Hartland school districts.

While teaching at Maryvale, Mr. Wilson served as an adjunct professor at UB and co-authored the book, “The Maryvale Project: Using Clinical Teams to Improve Teacher Education.”

At Royalton-Hartland he also taught students with special needs.

In 2010, Mr. Wilson taught part-time at SUNY Buffalo State, capping off his career.

Mr. Wilson continued to focus on education during his retirement, publishing articles, learning programming languages and developing a website,

In the late 1960s, Mr. Wilson created and directed the Self-Help Housing Project, helping low-income, former migrant workers to build their own homes.

A craftsman, he also enjoyed gardening and photography.

His wife of 66 years, the former Helen Cameron, died in 2014.

Survivors include one daughter, Anne; and three sons, John, Robb and David.

Services are private.

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