Charles Wilson of St. Clairsville was a busy, successful businessman who already had served his community in many ways when, in 1996, he got involved in politics. His hard work eventually took him to the U.S. House of Representatives for two terms.
Wilson, 70, died Sunday in Florida, of complications from a stroke.
Wilson's career in public service was summed up by those reacting to his passing. Both fellow Democrats and opposition Republicans paid tribute to his skill, dedication to public service, bipartisanship to serve his constituents, and refusal to engage in mud slinging as a way to win elections.
In short, Wilson was remembered as a gentleman concerned more with service and his own code of ethics than with winning. That type of attitude is too rare in politics.
Wilson did much for this area, his state and nation. He will be missed.