Scarsdale, NY—Ira Wilson, patriarch of Wilson & Son Jewelers, died Wednesday at age 81 after a five-year battle with leukemia. Left: Ira and Lynne Wilson's favorite photo.
Wilson, who worked in the business for seven decades before his death, was a third-generation jeweler carrying on the tradition of his grandfather, Morris Wilson, who founded the store in 1905. Today the store is run by fourth-generation Michael and Matthew Wilson, Ira’s sons, who are partners in the business. Ira had scaled back his involvement in the business but never officially retired, staying active to a degree until about a year ago when his illness became more advanced, said Mike Wilson.
"The last year of his illness was quite challenging, especially the last few weeks. I worked six days a week with my father for 30 years and I know how he thinks, and I knew he was ready. It doesn't make it easier but at the same time, it does," Mike Wilson told The Centurion. Ira passed peacefully surrounded by family, he said.
Though his father was always low-key and not one to seek the spotlight, Mike said Ira was involved in the New York State Jewelers Association, at one time serving on its board. He also was involved with the Rotary Club and sat on his local chapter's board, and also was involved with the Scarsdale Chamber of Commerce. Wilson & Son also is an AGS jeweler.
Ira Wilson is survived by Lynne, his high school sweetheart and beloved wife of 60 years; sons Mike (Tara) and Matt (Barbara); a daughter, Amy Soravilla (Danny), eight grandchildren, and one great-grandchild. Ira was highly gratified to know that the fifth generation of Wilsons is entering the industry as well, said Mike.
Services will be held at 12:30 p.m. on Friday, February 7, at Temple Beth Abraham in Tarrytown, NY. Shiva will commence immediately following the service and burial until 5:30 p.m. and again on Saturday from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. and Sunday from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations in Ira Wilson's memory be made to the White Plains Hospital Medical Center (NY) or Tufts Medical Center in Boston, MA.