Warren H. Wilson, 81: Coach taught sportsmanship to generations of athletes

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WINDHAM — Warren H. Wilson, 81, died May 17 at his home.

He was born Oct. 7, 1933, in Waterville, the eldest son of Perley and Phyllis (Carr) Wilson.

A lifelong lover of sports, Wilson taught physical education at Falmouth Junior High School and coached baseball, basketball, cross country and track to generations of boys and girls. He founded the junior high track and cross country teams in the mid-1960s, and continued coaching in Falmouth for 45 years.

Wilson’s commitment to good sportsmanship was well-known throughout Maine. Even today, a student at Falmouth Middle School is each year given the Warren Wilson Award for sportsmanship. In 2012, the Town of Falmouth named its high school track in his honor.

A Korean War veteran, Wilson earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Maine and a master’s in education from the University of Southern Maine.

When he wasn’t coaching, Wilson was busy playing and competing – everything from running marathons to playing baseball and softball, golf, tennis and pickleball. He also loved fishing and enjoyed bringing his family to his father’s camp on Moosehead Lake.

Wilson is survived by his wife of 55 years, Martha (Griffith) Wilson; children, Lynn Wilson, of Bethel, Ellen Wilson-Chester and husband, Rick Chester, of Gilbert, Arizona, and Michael Wilson and wife, Carolyn Graney, of South Portland; grandchildren, Cody Chester, Thomas Wilson and Yenenesh Wilson; and brother, William Wilson and wife Marlene, of Fairfield.

Visitation will be held from 5-7 p.m. Thursday, May 21, at the Dolby Funeral Chapel, 434 River Road, Windham. A funeral will be held there at 11 a.m. Friday, May 22.

Burial will be held in Clinton at a future date.

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