Following graduation, he started a solo practice in Richboro that he operated for 51 years prior to his retirement in 2001.
"Throughout the years, he lovingly cared for both large and small animals," his family said. He especially loved cows and horses.
Dr. Wilson was a joint master of Fox Hounds of Huntingdon Valley for a decade, and hunted up and down the Eastern seaboard. Well-respected as a master of the hunt, he fell during a hunt in 1988 and broke his neck.
Afterward, he drove road carts hitched to a single horse or a pair. He competed in both categories in horse shows. Until recently, he could be seen driving a single road cart in Tyler State Park, Bucks County.
Dr. Wilson was appointed to the state Board of Veterinarian Medical Examiners by Gov. Dick Thornburgh. He was a member and past president of the Bucks Montgomery Veterinarian Association, a recipient of the Northampton Township Living Tree Award, a member of the Northampton Township Historical Society, and a lifetime member of Addisville Reformed Church in Richboro, where his funeral was conducted.
He also was the Pennsylvania State Racing Commission veterinarian for PhiladelphiaPark and Keystone Racing Association for more than 20 years.
He helped develop standards for the care of race horses.
He was a member of the Newtown Reliance Company "for detecting and apprehending horse thieves and other villains." Horse thieves being a rarity these days, the group meets annually to enjoy a speaker, his son said.
For 40 years, Dr. Wilson played cards with a group of friends. He was a loving father and grandfather and a respected community member, his family said.
He and his wife, the former Edith Burrage, were married for 61 years. She died in 2006.
Surviving, besides his son, are a daughter, Suzanne W. Carpp, and a granddaughter.
Donations may be made to the Bucks County SPCA, Box 277, Lahaska, Pa. 18931.