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Dan Karns posted a condolence
Saturday, September 23, 2017My sincere condolences to the family and friends of Coach Wilson. He was a gifted teacher and mentor to so many Lakers and their families through the years. He taught us all so much and cared beyond the job description about us all. Thanks Coach. We all love you.
Cliff Back posted a condolence
Thursday, September 14, 2017George and I were lifelong friends. I loved and respected him as did many others. His passion for his family, sports, friends and the athletes he coached was enduring and forever. He was humble and always sincere and honest. I had the opportunity to have played sports with George in high school and later we competed against each other. He was a dedicated competitor. It was always a pleasure to converse and share our experiences over the years. He had the memory of an elephant and could detail events that happened in the remote past. He was amazing! George was one of the great coaches and technicians in Morris County lore. Truly a legend in his time. He knew how to handle young men on "the court" as well as develop their maturity for the future. He was revered and respected by his athletes and students and by his peers. Not many people gain that distinction. May I convey my sincere regrets and may God Bless George and the Wilson family. I will always value, covet and respect George as a sincere friend and human being. Always in my memory, Cliff Back
Mark Sposato posted a condolence
Tuesday, September 12, 2017George was such a wonderful partner to my Aunt Mimi. He genuinely cared about the people around him and wanted nothing but the best for his family and friends. I'll always admire his interest in people and his humility. Uncle George was a gifted athlete, and even more gifted coach, but most importantly, a kind soul with a truly good heart. I'm proud to have known him.
Lynn Bergesen posted a condolence
Monday, September 11, 2017Dear Bob and the whole family, I was so sorry to hear about the passing of your father, who will always be remembered by the many people whose lives he touched. He was a wonderful teacher, coach, family man, and baseball player. My memories of him extend to the period during which he played semi-pro ball with my father, Art Bergesen. I remember playing on swings over at Boonton Highschool with our mothers minding us while the guys played ball. That was over 60 years ago. And then, about two years ago, I ran into him when I took my mother-in-law to the podiatrist in Boonton. He was as vibrant and friendly to me as he always had been. As long as there is memory, a person is lives. Your father will live for many years to come, perhaps generations. Sincerely, Lynn Bergesen
John and Loretta Sposato posted a condolence
Saturday, September 9, 2017George was a warm-hearted, caring person who will be missed by all of us in the Sposato clan (John, Loretta, Mark and Courtney), and by the many people who came to know him in his long and significant life. Our sympathy and condolence to Miriam and family, and to George's sons, daughters and families.
Steve Eddy posted a condolence
Saturday, September 9, 2017The entire Wilson family is in our thoughts and hearts. Family is everything and George Wilson was a big part of our family. God bless the Wilsons.
Charles Schultz MD and family posted a condolence
Saturday, September 9, 2017Our sincere condolences. George was an exceptional person. He will be missed but his legend will live on.
Fred Corona posted a condolence
Friday, September 8, 2017When I first starting coaching in the late 1970s and early 80s, I was assistant basketball coach at Mendham HS with Head Coach Jim Baglin. We looked upon successful coaches in the area as role models and mentors. George was one of those coaches. His basketball knowledge and his coaching style set George apart. As I got to know him over the years, I realized that although he was a great coach, he was even a better person. RIP, George. You made such a positive difference in so many lives! I'm a better person because I knew you.
Karen Browne posted a condolence
Friday, September 8, 2017Wilson Family, I am very sorry for your loss ❤️
Bueno Family posted a condolence
Friday, September 8, 2017Our deepest condolences for your loss. We will always remember George as a loving and gentle person who showed such kindness to us and to our son, Martin. He was a great supporter of Martin's love of baseball and basketball - always encouraging him and sharing his wisdom and deep knowledge of both sports. We are blessed to have known George. We will miss his presence in the bleachers and the sidelines. Sincerely, The Bueno Family
Chris Jenny posted a condolence
Friday, September 8, 2017What a loss. Coach, you have been a part of my life ever since I met you at MLHS over forty years ago. Back then, when nobody was cutting their hair, your teams cut their hair. Our shoes were polished. Our buttons were buttoned. We were hard working, competitive and respectful. I guess they call that "old school" now. Well, today, my hair is still neatly cut, my shoes are still polished, and my buttons are still buttoned. You taught us lessons in a time when it was not easy teaching those lessons. But you never wavered. Thank you. Over the years, I found your words coming out of my mouth.....as I was raising my own four kids or coaching some forty plus baseball and soccer teams. There is a part of George Wilson today in every one of those boys. You were a role model for me becoming a role model. Thank you. I treasured our friendship over the years. Phone calls about the Yankees and Red Sox. Phone calls about politics and life in America today. Phone calls about our families. Your visits to Boston--to go to Fenway Park, to watch Alex play high school football, or to teach young Chris how to throw a proper curve. Oh and to throw in a few more life lessons. Thank you. Our last lunch together at Del's Village is a memory I will hold on to forever. The years had taken their toll, but the vision and spirit was still burning brightly. Thank you. We all had role models as kids who helped build our character and helped guide us through those early stages of life. Coach, I was lucky to have had you be one of my most important role models and a beacon through both the good days and the bad days that followed my departure from Mountain Lakes in 1973. Thank you. Coach, thanks for everything. You were a good one. I will miss you greatly but you will be a part of me forever. With admiration, Chris Jenny
Susan McWilliams posted a condolence
Friday, September 8, 2017Although he had asked me to call him George, he will always be Mr. Wilson to me. You just felt such respect for this wonderful man. I will miss him telling me stories about my parents and my brothers. He had that way of making you feel like one of the family. You have touched so many, dear Mr. Wilson, and we are truly grateful.
Sheila Hodge Barrett posted a condolence
Friday, September 8, 2017So sorry. He was a legend in his time. I remember him teaching me how to drive and a look of terror came over his face at one point in our travels, going under the bridge by the train station. In any event he was a very patient, kind, and ethical man. Feel grateful to have known him. Sheila
David Dietze posted a condolence
Friday, September 8, 2017I will never forget how meaningful Mr. Wilson was to me and my buddies in Mtn. Lakes. Always supportive, always instructive, always positive, yet with a great sense of humor and most authentic. Mtn. Lakes has lost a legend. His lessons, his leadership, his unwavering moral compass has left an indelible stamp on Mtn. Lakes and all who knew him. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his entire family. RIP, Mr. Wilson.
Catherine Cianci Karas posted a condolence
Friday, September 8, 2017George Wilson was a wonderful influence in my life and the life of my brother, Jim. He was an inspriation in all senses of the word. He had incredible integrity, a love of teaching and sharing, and wonderful values. George influenced and helped shape the character of so many of us who were able to have him as a teacher and/or coach. He taught me how to drive and every time I make a turn that is too wide I think of him! Rest in peace, George. Your work is done. You have a truly WONDERFUL legacy! My condolences to your family. I know you will be missed.
Amy Stewart Wilmarth posted a condolence
Thursday, September 7, 2017My condolences to the Wilson families. Mr. Wilson was a patient and strong leader. He always had words of encouragement for me to continue with sports when I was in Briarcliff and early high school. He and my father went to high school together, and Dad spoke highly of him as well. Sincerely, Amy Stewart
Virginia McCrohan posted a condolence
Thursday, September 7, 2017George was a legend at MLHS and I was proud to have taught PE with him for many years. His love of both baseball and basketball were evident in the high standards he set for his players. My own son knew how devoted he was, having attended Camp of the Lakers in high school. I will miss him. He had a long and wonderful life, with many loving children and grand kids. His legend will live on.
Art Mahony and family posted a condolence
Thursday, September 7, 2017To Coach Wilson: a truly great teacher, mentor, coach, friend, father, grandfather and husband. You will be deeply missed and never forgotten.
Roger McWilliams posted a condolence
Thursday, September 7, 2017George was one of the most important men in so many of our lives. Those he touched were better human beings for it. The hours we spent with him were beyond belief. Football, basketball, baseball, summer baseball and softball, driver's ed and, of course, watching games on TV or game films at his home at all hours (if the lights were on!), happily eating Jan's endless supply of cookies. Thanks so much for all you did and RIP, Mr Wilson.
Brian Touhey posted a condolence
Thursday, September 7, 2017My prayers are with you at this time of mourning. Without your father's generosity and concern me and Kev would never have been able to attend your Dad's camp. I'll always be grateful for his wisdom and concern for my welfare...God Bless Coach
Gina Randall and Family posted a condolence
Thursday, September 7, 2017I'm so very sorry to hear this. I loved him! All my love and big hugs to Miriam and all the Wilsons. -- The Randalls
Gary McWilliams posted a condolence
Thursday, September 7, 2017My thoughts and prayers to the entire Wilson family. George was beloved by all of us in the McWilliams family and we will not only remember him as our coach and friend, but for how comforting he was to all of us when our father passed away many years ago. Lots of love to the family in remembrance of a truly wonderful, not to mention superbly talented man. Godspeed, George!
James Paxos posted a condolence
Thursday, September 7, 2017George will be missed by everyone at the Plaza Restaurant, where he was a daily ray of sunshine. He new everyone and always had a kind word for every customer. George was the kindest man to my children and always had great advice. Sincere condolences to Mariam and all of his family. Love, Jim and Angela
Laura Decker Schaefer posted a condolence
Thursday, September 7, 2017I have nothing but fond memories with The Wilson family. So sorry for your loss.
Don Rutledge posted a condolence
Thursday, September 7, 2017I join the legions of people saddened by the passing and touched by the life of George Wilson, known by so many of us as Coach Wilson. Although I never played under his tutelage, being just a "minor sport" athlete in tennis, I have always remembered the life lessons that Coach Wilson imparted on all his charges -- to take one's physical well-being seriously; to treat one's body and mind with respect and care; to play and compete with discipline, intensity and, above all, good sportsmanship; to regard losing not as failure but as an opportunity to learn even more about oneself; and to win and lose with grace, humility and the gratitude reserved for those blessed with the privilege to take the field or court in an endeavor that brings as much joy to those who look on as to those who participate. His memory will live on for as long as those life lessons are observed. May you rest in peace, Coach.
Larry young posted a condolence
Thursday, September 7, 2017From my days at the camp of the lakers and the briarcliff bullets to MLHS mr wilson was a great teacher. he will be missed. Larry young
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Mike Wendell posted a condolence
Thursday, September 7, 2017I only met George on a few occasions, but it was a small gesture that I will always remember. I was coaching high school baseball as my team squared off against Morris Catholic. George was in attendance and watched the entire contest. After the game, George took the time to come over to me and comment on how well my boys had played. It was a very short conversation, but years after having retired from coaching, George's kind words are still remembered. While my memories of George Wilson may be few, I know his positive outlook influenced many, including myself on that early spring day over a decade ago. Rest in peace Coach Wilson.
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