Ra J. Wilson

June 20, 1936 - February 22, 2015

U.S. Veteran

Service Date: March 21, 2015

A celebration of Ra's life will be held on Saturday, March 21, 2015 at 3:00 p.m. at the Sanford Unitarian-Universalist Church, 5 Lebanon St., in Sanford.

Ra J. Wilson, 78, of Sanford, died on February 22, 2015 in a home that was filled with love and acceptance of Ra’s life journey.

Ra was born on June 20, 1936 in Buffalo, New York the son of Walter and Emma (King) Wilson.

Following high school, Ra joined the United States Air Force and served from 1953 – 1957 and then remained active as a reservist until 1961. Ra has been in Maine for the past 20 years.

Ra worked in the caregiving profession, for Kid’s Peace, a non-profit organization in York County and was a kind and loving advocate for those who struggled with mental and physical limitations. He was a very soulful and spiritual person and enjoyed his friends at the Sea Coast Unity Church in Rollinsford, NH.

Ra enjoyed a wide range of music including jazz and gospel music. He was a member of the Rock My Soul Choir and loved performing with the group. He was an avid sports fan, beginning with the Buffalo Bills Football team and then becoming a New England Patriots fan. Ra also liked watching the Celtics and Red Sox play.

Ra could easily converse with a wide audience of people; it did not matter the social-economic ladder that one was on. He was a friend of Bill W. for over 30 years. Through his longtime friendships and giving back to others, Ra was able to find the good in most people. His life was unique and he was one that enjoyed the simple pleasures of life.  He will be missed by his family and many friends through-out the area.

Ra is survived by his sister, Mary Ford and by two brothers, Ronald and Donald Wilson; by eight children, Carol Rainey, Emily Jemison, Keith McDowell, Damon McDowell, Miles McDowell and Christopher McDowell, David Wilson and Lynette Ackley; several grandchildren and many nieces and nephews; he remained friends with his ex-wife, Miriam Wilson and was very close to Pat Chandler. Also, Lily and Bob McCormick, who opened their home to Ra, miss him dearly.

Ra was predeceased by his parents and by two brothers, James Wilson and Walter Wilson, Jr.

A celebration of Ra’s life will be held on Saturday, March 21, 2015 at 3:00 p.m. at the Sanford Unitarian-Universalist Church, 5 Lebanon St., in Sanford. Parking is available at the Mid-Town Mall on Main St., in Sanford. Committal prayers and burial will be held later at the Southern Maine Veterans Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Rock My Soul Choir, Project Music Works, 44 Beacon St., York, ME 03909.

The Autumn Green Funeral Home is respectfully handling arrangements.

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