Fans to pay respects to Ralph Wilson Jr.

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (WIVB) – The death of Ralph Wilson tugged at the hearts of many Buffalo Bills fans. Many sat at home wanting to so do something to honor him, and Saturday they can say their own personal farewell. Wilson passed away last month, he was 95 years old.

Saturday’s memorial runs from 1 until 4 p.m. at the Buffalo Bills Fieldhouse. Fans will be able to sign a guestbook and pay their respects to the Hall of Fame owner, the book will be presented to the Wilson family at a later date.

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A walk-through exhibit has also been set up, featuring memorabilia and artifacts from Mr. Wilson’s time with the Buffalo Bills.

Last weekend, fans gathered for an impromptu tailgate near the stadium in memory of the beloved owner.

“This is the type of crew that you have out here. This is the core that supports the team. This is what you’ve got to do when something like this happens,” said Terry Duff, a Bills fan from Youngstown.

Organizers want to remind fans that Saturday’s remembrance is a non-tailgate event.

If you want to make a donation in honor of Mr. Wilson’s memory, you are encouraged to do so to: The Hospice Foundation of Western New York, The Alzheimer’s Association Greater Michigan Chapter and to St. John Hospital Medical Center in support of the Wilson Telemonitoring Program. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Note: Comments containing links are not allowed.

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