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Monday, February 23, 2015

Warren R. Wilson, 86

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Warren Ray Wilson, a longtime Westport resident, died Feb. 6 in Wilton. He lived at The Greens, where he had moved in 2013. He was 86.

He was born Jan. 29, 1929, in Orange, N.J., the second child of Harry and Amelia Wilson. He attended Orange High School and started college at the University of Nebraska, before transferring to Columbia University, where he was a member of NROTC.

After receiving his Bachelor’s Degree, the first member of his family to graduate from college, he was commissioned into the U.S. Navy and served as a lieutenant commander on the destroyer USS Porter at the end of the Korean War. 

In 1951. he was married to Ruth Wyman, whom he first met in grade school, and after leaving the Navy the couple moved to Boston, where he received his MBA from Harvard.

He subsequently worked for IBM for 15 years before starting his own company, based in Westport, which focused on sales and leasing in the emerging secondary market for computers.  He retired in 1991 and a year later he and Ruth moved to Monroe.

He was an active member of Christ and Holy Trinity Episcopal Church in Westport.

He was instrumental in starting the locally based Susan Lloyd Fund, which provides financial aid to cancer survivors who are attending college, and the Albie Loeffler Fund, which is named for the legendary Staples High School soccer coach and which awards scholarship aid to Staples graduates.

For many years, he was widely known for his encyclopedic knowledge and expertise about wine, a hobby that turned into a lifelong pursuit. He and his wife traveled extensively to wine regions around the world and he assembled an enviable wine collection that was housed in a cellar he built at his home on Onion Hill Road. 

He was predeceased by his wife Ruth, who died in 2010, and his sister Grace and brother Kenneth. He is survived by his three children, daughter Debbie Wilson Hoult and her husband, Robert, of Beaconsfield, England; daughter Karen Wilson Orzechowski and her husband, James, of Newtown; and son David and his wife, Myra, of Rowayton. Also, five grandchildren, Christopher, Timothy and William Hoult; Cameron and McKenzie Wilson; and a great-grandson, Joshua Hoult.  He is also survived by his dear friend and companion, Judy Ross, of Norwalk.

A memorial service will be held on Friday, May 8 at 1 p.m. at Christ and Holy Trinity Church, Westport.

In lieu of flowers, please send donations in his name to the Albie Loeffler Fund, c/o Dan Woog, Staples High School, 70 North Ave., Westport, CT 06880.

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