Days after Bills owner Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. passed away, the New York State Senate passed a resolution to honor his life. State senators discussed his contributions to Buffalo and New York State via both his NFL ownership and community involvement on the Senate floor.
Many local senators were on hand to offer their comments:
Senator Mark Grisanti, who sponsored the resolution, said, “Ralph Wilson’s passing was a sad, sad day for fans of the Buffalo Bills in particular, and for professional football in general. We have lost a great man. He will always be a legend in football and in Western New York. Thank you Ralph for your commitment to Western New York.”
Senator Patrick Gallivan said, “Today we honor the legacy and life of Ralph Wilson. We’ve heard of all his accomplishments and his commitment to football and about his many acts of generosity. He was very generous to organization after organization. The people in the community didn’t always know about his contributions because he didn’t seek recognition for his good works. Ralph Wilson lived the life of a good citizen that we all strive to be. Western New York has suffered a great loss.”
Senator Michael Ranzenhofer said, “Ralph Wilson was a class act and we are deeply indebted to him because he kept the Bills in Buffalo. He was a wonderful human being and the stadium bears his name as a great tribute to his foresight and perseverance in keeping the Bills in Buffalo. He is appreciated by all of Western New York for that and for all his good deeds.
Senator George Maziarz said, “Ralph Wilson will forever be a legend in Western New York. He brought the Buffalo Bills here, he kept the Bills here, and he made the team part of the fabric of our community. He was truly was an iconic individual because he stuck by Western New York and Buffalo more than many people. Mr. Wilson said as long as he was alive he would keep the Bills franchise in Buffalo. He believed in our community and his commitment to the region and Bills fans should be celebrated by all.”
Senator Cathy Young said, “All of Western New York is in mourning over the loss of a such a great man. Loyalty, integrity and trust were the hallmarks of Ralph Wilson. He made sure that our beloved Buffalo Bills, a team that is part of the fabric of our lives, stayed in Buffalo. We are grateful to have had him for his 95 years of life.”
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