Arthur James Wilson was born November 1, 1946 to Agnes and Hebert William Wilson. He was educated in the New York City Public School system and would later receive his Bachelor of Art Degree from National University in 1980.
Growing up in Harlem would help shape and influence Arthur’s love for jazz music, social activism, and helping those in need. Arthur was a true humanitarian who spent his life making a difference in the lives of others. He was a strong believer in civil and equal rights for all and was actively involved in the Black Panther movement. He would later relocate in California, where as an entrepreneur, he built a medical software company. However, it would be his love of boxing that would truly define his life’s work.
It was over 20 years ago when Arthur relocated to San Diego, California and started working with the Any Boy Can (ABC) Youth Foundation as Head Coach and Assistant Director. When not assisting Billy Moore, he could often be found sitting on the edge of the rink with a group of young people surrounding him as he shared his life experiences to encourage them. He had an uncanny ability to reach people in a deep and positive way. Despite being laid back, he was a man of action who possessed a quiet strength that could move mountains. He loved his family dearly and made sure to connect with them through weekly phone calls and annual trips to make sure everyone was well. Although Arthur never had any biological children, he was a father / grandfather to many whom he loved and cherished.
Arthur was preceded in death by both of his parents, two sisters, Elease Kirkland and Bernice Sledge and one brother, Donald Wilson.
He is survived by his aunt, Bernice Dixon and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and loved ones and many, many friends, including his ABC family.
Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.
PROVERB 3:5-6, KJV
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