Wilson Porter, 75, of Dunkirk, N.Y., died Saturday afternoon (May 1, 2021) at Brooks Memorial Hospital in Dunkirk, after a long battle with health issues.
He was born in Jacksonville, Fla., on Aug. 22, 1945, to the late Clyde Porter Sr. and Annie Mae Hardwick Porter.
Wilson was a Dunkirk resident for 47 years and earlier in his life worked for the City of Dunkirk.
Wilson’s mother died when he was very young and so his loving aunt and uncle (Otha and Everleen Hardwick) of Sasser, Ga.,a raised him.
Wilson would grow up and marry Rosalie Clyde (Porter). Their marriage would last 50 years before Rosalie preceded him in death in 2016. Together they have eight children who survive him: Kenny (Maria) Porter, Bobbie Ann Porter, Diane (David Jenkins) Porter, Ricky Porter, Michael Porter, Wilson Jr. (Margaret) Porter, Julie Martinez and Stephanie (Jeremiah Toliver) Porter. This union was also blessed with 29 grandchildren and several great-grandchildren, whom he loved dearly.
Wilson is also survived by four other children: Shirley (Herman) Ouster, Cynethia Thompson Peavy, Reginald (Demetrius) Burns and Rae Ray.
Also surviving is a brother, Amos Porter of Albany, Ga.; and a sister, Annie Bell Carter of Dawson, Ga.
In addition to his wife, mother, father, aunt and uncle (Otha and Everleen), Wilson was also preceded in death by three siblings: Woodrow, Clyde Jr. and William Porter.
Wilson lived life and loved living life. All who knew him, knew that he was a very outgoing man who always had plenty to say. Always on the go is probably the best way one could describe him and he will be dearly missed by all who knew and loved him.
Private funeral services will be held at the convenience of the family.
Arrangements are by the McGraw-Kowal Funeral Home.