David Paul Wilson came into our lives and made our family whole, and the loss of him leaves us heartbroken. David was born December 21st, 1945 in Corning, NY to Ida Mae (Haight) and Howard Wilson.
David graduated from Savona Central School in 1965 and served in the United States Air Force from 1965 until 1969 working as a fuel specialist. When he returned home, he worked with his father logging before beginning his career with the Town of Campbell. David worked for the Town of Campbell as a heavy machine equipment operator for almost 37 years. During this time, he never stopped working in the woods with his father, and he also continued to work on the family farm. After retirement, he continued to work on his farm, and he loved sitting and watching his cattle when day's work was done. He chose to build a house on the family land, and this house became a home and the nexus of family gatherings – and on the morning of February 2nd, while in the home he had built, he took his last breaths while in the arms of his loving wife.
He loved spending time with his wife and family. Marguerite and David shared a true love story. While it took them both a bit to find each other, their love made our family whole. David and Marguerite did everything as a team – riding motorcycle, camping, taking trips in their "little car", walking on the beach and watching the ocean in Daytona Beach, and spending time in their beautiful yard they filled with stunning flower gardens. He became our true father and grandfather, and we learned from him how to love unconditionally and how to be honorable people. His passing leaves such a hole in our lives, but we have indelible memories that will live through generations to come.
David was pre-deceased by his parents, Howard and Ida Wilson, his brother Dan Wilson, and Richard and Judith, siblings who died as infants, and his grandson Cody Southard.
He leaves behind the love of his life, his wife Marguerite Wilson, children Heidi Reed (Mike Southard), Barry Reed (Karen), Daphne Reed, and Robin (Juann Montez) Wilson-Montez; grand-children Aaron Southard (Kristen), Nathan King (Sara), and Miguel Montez. He also leaves behind the light of his life, his great-granddaughter Aldeen Southard. David is also survived by his sister Helen Wilson and nieces Rachel and Valerie, very special friends Joe and Pam Higbie and their boys Jake and Phil, Steve Higbie, and so many other very special friends and family. Finally, his faithful dog Beau is lost without him. We all have our own memories and stories of how David touched our lives, and his everlasting legacy is the love of his family – he was a good man.
The family invites friends and family to gather at Haughey Funeral Home, Inc. 216 E 1st Street in Corning on Wednesday, February 7th from 3:00 – 5:00 PM, with a memorial service at the conclusion of calling hours at 5:00 PM.
The family will provide flowers. If you would like to provide a gift in David's memory, we suggest a donation to Able2 of Chemung County, our area's provider for Cerebral Palsy services. David's brother Dan received wonderful care from the UCP House, and David would be honored to know that donations in his memory would help others like Dan. Donations can be sent to Able2, 1118 Charles Street, Elmira, NY 14904.
David's family entrusted his care to Haughey Funeral Home, Inc.