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Friday, July 13, 2018

Guy E. Wilson, 91, of Bradford, PA

Guy E. Wilson

Guy E. Wilson, 91, of Bradford, PA, died on Tuesday, July 10, at the Pavilion at the Bradford Regional Medical Center.

He was born on June 19, 1927 in Sinnemahoning, PA to Ralph Wilson and Gladys Porter Wilson.

On November 22, 1949 in Allegany, NY, Guy married the love of his life, Wilma “Winnie” Howe. Guy and Winnie were married for 62 years. Winnie died on February 2, 2012 and has been sorely missed by Guy, family, and friends.

WWII & Korean War Veteran
Guy served in the Merchant Marines during WWII as an engine specialist and sailed around the world. After his stint in the Merchant Marines, he joined the Army and served time in Korea as surveyor who hiked up and down the mountains of Korea creating maps and avoiding sniper fire. After his Merchant Marine and military service, he came back to Bradford, and with his stepfather, Chauncey Mix, started the family company, C. C. Mix Powerline Construction and Maintenance Company. Guy built and maintained powerlines from Bradford to Oil City from the mid-1950s to 1992. He had a gift for understanding complicated electrical systems and could solve complex design problems with brilliant, but practical solutions. All his children learned a lot about keeping equipment running and solving problems from their experience working with their dad.

Not content with one business, he decided to start a second one in the 1960s, the Will-O-Crek Sport Shop. He sold boats, motors, trailers, snowmobiles, and fishing equipment for about 10 years. He was a certified Johnson/Evinrude mechanic who, after a full day of construction work, would have dinner and then repair boat motors until late in the evening. One hard lesson that he learned was that people who sold boats and motors didn’t get to the lake much in their own boats.

Guy was not content to be just an owner of a construction company and sporting goods store. After his retirement in 1992, Guy started taking lessons in massage therapy and became a state-certified massage therapist for his third business. He learned about every muscle and bone in the human body. Needless to say that Guy had many surprises for his family over the decades. There isn’t room to get into his forays into hypnotism, propeller-driven rail cars, and auto racing.

Guy loved his land in Willow Creek. He used his construction equipment to build roads, fish ponds, and bridges. Guy and Winnie loved to walk around his pond and feed their bass and catfish. He enjoyed planting flowers in precisely aligned rows, mowing his acre of lawn, and planting vegetables. Guy installed homemade bird feeders just outside the kitchen window and one of the family pleasures was bird watching while eating meals together.

Guy loved to hunt and fish. He would take fishing trips to Canada with family and colleagues and come home (most of the time) with the limit of fish. In addition to his fishing, Guy was a talented juggler who had a juggling pit built into his basement so he had enough height to juggle clubs, rings, and balls. Guy didn’t participate in sports in high school; he was a late blooming athlete who started running in 1972 when he was 45 and ran for the next 20 years. He became a serious road racer who ran races from 5K to the marathon and accumulated numerous medals and trophies. Guy loved to compete and he had a furious kick that frustrated some of his toughest competitors.

Guy was an amazing man who had a wonderful life. He will be missed.

Guy is survived by his three sons, Chauncey E. (Penny) Wilson of Wayland, MA, Lee E. Wilson of Lakewood, NY and Lance P. Wilson of Bradford, PA, and numerous nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.

Arrangements are entrusted to the care of the Mascho Funeral Home, Inc. At the family’s request there will be no visitation. A private committal will be held at Willow Dale Cemetery.

Memorial contributions can be made, if desired, to the McKean County SPCA, P.O. Box 113, Bradford or to an SPCA of the donor’s choice.

Online Condolences can be expressed at www.maschofuneral.com.

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