REMEMBERING TOM WILSON, Jr.
NO ONE loved Detroit more than Tom Wilson, Jr.. The Detroiter, who died from COVID-19 this week, was a former teacher and a community activist with an infectious positive attitude. Tom was a High School mate of ARISE Detroit! Executive Director Luther Keith at old Detroit Cathedral High where he was an outstanding football running back. Tom always called himself “an educator,” emphasizing what he was giving his students were lessons in life as well as book learning. He was frequently heard on numerous local radio talk shows, identifying himself as “Tom, from northwest Detroit.” He was an active member of the Crary St. Mary’s Community Council annual parade on ARISE Detroit! Neighborhoods Day as well as participating in other ARISE Detroit! events.
Tom was an outstanding man of quality by every measure,” Keith said. “Words cannot really express how much Detroit will miss him. He was the kind of guy that made you feel good just to be around. He loved Detroit madly.”
An example of Tom's positive outlook on life and Detroit was expressed in his last communication to me by e-mail last December after hearing me on a radio show.
i Luther, first/foremost Happy New Year to you/yours. I tuned in to the show late last night, but I caught the last 30 mins. It was so nice to hear the positivity that was expressed by you, John George and the young lady. I know we, Detroit, have problems but nothing which can't be overcome with putting our "shoulder to the wheel" and some blood, sweat and tears. I commend you for what you've done, are doing and will continue to do. I wish us nothing but the best. Tom"