Charles Wilson

Obituary of Charles Wilson

Born in Zanesvile, Ohio, his family moved to New Jersey in 1965 where he graduated from Montclair High School in 1976. Chuck graduated from Ohio University in 1981 with a BS Degree in Physical Education. In his 32 year teaching career, he taught in Essex Fells, Fairfield, Verona and Montclair's Glenfield and Northeast Schools, where he coined the slogan, "Less Talk, more Play!" Wilson received the Weston Award for Excellence in Teaching in 2005. The name "Coach" which his present students at Northeast Elementary School call him also reflects the enthusiasm for and jobs he has held in sports throughout his life. He played baseball and hockey at MHS and continued in Goal at OU. He coached hockey at West Orange and MHS and received The Star Ledger Coach of the Year Award in 1993. He was inducted into the OU Hockey Hall of Fame in 2006. In recent years, Wilson has been an avid golfer, earning certification in the United States Golf Teachers Federation (USGTF) in 2005. As an avocation he honed the skills of many local golfers. Charles was predeceased by his father Rex Sr. and brother Rex Jr. Wilson is survived by his three children, Kyle, Scott, and Kelsey and their mother, Lori Wilson, his sister Rebecca Wilson-Legendre, his mother Virginia Scott-Fleming and his Scott-Fleming step-siblings, Alison, Angus, Ian and their families. A Memorial Assembly for Coach Wilson will be held at Northeast School, 603 Grove Street Upper Montclair on Saturday, December 8, at 9AM. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Charles Wilson Urban Kids Golf Foundation in care of Joseph Putrino, Principal, Northeast School.
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