Ralph Wilson, owner of the Buffalo Bills and co-founder of the AFL, will be laid to rest following private funeral services in Detroit, Mich. today.
The Buffalo Bills front office issued a statement on March 28, which included Ralph Wilson's obituary detailing plans for a public celebration of the one and only owner of the Buffalo Bill. Fans as well as Bills players and coaches, past and present, will have the opportunity to say good by to the Hall of Fame owner who brought professional football to Western New York. The public celebration of Ralph Wilson's life will take place on April 5.
The passing of Ralph Wilson has caused much speculation as to what will happen to the team. The Bills lease on Ralph Wilson Stadium with Erie County does not expire until 2019. According to sources, the lease is iron clad and cannot be broken by a new owner or group of owners, though the details of Ralph Wilson’s estate may not be known for many more months.
Fans interested in making a donation in Ralph Wilson’s memory are encouraged to do so to through The Hospice Foundation of Western New York, The Alzheimer’s Association Greater Michigan Chapter, St. John Hospital Medical Center in support of the Wilson Telemonitoring Program, or a charity of their choosing.
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