Monday, June 10, 2013

Former Supt. Pete Wilson remembered

Loren "Pete" Wilson, 74, who began his career in education at New Richmond in 1962 and served as the Superintendent of New Richmond Schools from July of 2000 to March of 2003, died Sunday, June 9, at his home in California, Ky., after a long battle with cancer.

Wilson, who was a teacher and assistant football coach at New Richmond in 1962, also served as principal at Hamersville High School (now Western Brown) and superintendent at Milford.

"Pete Wilson was an educator who really cared about the kids, teachers and the community he served," noted John Frye, director of pupil and staff services for New Richmond, who followed Wilson as superintendent at Milford.

 "He served schools in many ways as teacher, coach, building administrator, treasurer, business manager, superintendent," noted Frye. "In each capacity he did what he believed was right and in the best interest of children.  Pete was a private man who preferred to remain  behind the scenes and let others take credit.  He had a big heart for schools and school kids."

"I remember Pete as my Middle School Track coach," said school board member David Hawkins. "Pete had a great intensity to teach and coach and taught kids to compete at their highest level."

Wilson was born on August 29, 1938, in Kenton County, Ky.  and maintained homes in both California and Milford.    He is survived by his wife of 51 years, Sue Ball Wilson; his daughter Lori Sue (Kyle) Weber; his sister Paula Sue (David) Mullins; his brothers-in-law, Edward Ellis (Nancy) Ball and Louis Allen (Marty) Ball and many nephews and nieces.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Loren and Agnes (Elmore) Wilson and his brother, Guy Wilson.

Loren 'Pete' Wilson (right) is pictured with former New Richmond coaches Joe Benzinger (center)  and Kirt Rockel  in 1962, his first year at New Richmond.
Wilson was graduated from Campbell County High School and received his Bachelor's degree from Eastern Kentucky University and his Master's and Specialist's degrees from Xavier University.

Visitation will be Saturday, June 15, from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. at Alexandria Funeral Home, 325 Washington St., Alexandria, Ky.  Memorial Service immediately following.  Burial will be in Ball Family Cemetery, California, Ky.

Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, 2808 Reading Rd., Cinti, 45206, or the National Drowing 2808 Reading Rd., Cinti, 45206, or the National Drowing Prevention Foundation, 1 Hall of Fame Dr., Fort Lauderdale, FL, 33316.