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File #: 180086    Version: 0 Name:
Type: Resolution Status: ADOPTED
File created: 2/1/2018 In control: CITY COUNCIL
On agenda: Final action: 2/15/2018
Title: Also naming Angelo Place, between Mars Place and South 82nd Street, "Joe Wilson Way", to honor the life and legacy of Joseph Wilson.
Sponsors: Councilmember Johnson
Attachments: 1. Resolution No. 18008600.pdf, 2. Signature18008600.pdf
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Also naming Angelo Place, between Mars Place and South 82nd Street, "Joe Wilson Way", to honor the life and legacy of Joseph Wilson.

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WHEREAS, Joe Wilson was born and raised in South Philadelphia, where he graduated from Bok Technical High School. Growing up in a tight-knit family, Joe learned early on the importance of community involvement, offering his assistance to elderly neighbors who needed a hand around the house and driving a church bus to help transport neighbors to the Sunday service; and

WHEREAS, After moving to the Eastwick Section of Philadelphia, Joe Wilson quickly dedicated himself to his new community. Always passionate about helping the elderly or less fortunate, Joe made a name for himself among his neighbors as somebody who was always willing to offer his help; and

WHEREAS, In recognition of Joe's love for his adopted neighborhood, Mr. Wilson was elected block captain by his neighbors and took great pride in going above and beyond the call of duty by helping to maintain not only his block, but those surrounding his beloved Angelo Place; and

WHEREAS, Mr. Wilson began his career with SEPTA as a bus driver in 1978, a position from which he retired in 2013 after 35 years. While Joe can still remember the racial epithets he had to endure from the driver's seat of his Route 2 and 39 busses, he never lost sight of his passion for helping others. Indeed, Joe became well known among his passengers for his friendly and welcoming demeanor, with one commuter saying, "on Joe's bus, we're all like family"; and

WHEREAS, Joe Wilson's professionalism and courtesy toward all those who entered his bus helped make him gain the attention not only of his passengers but of local elected leaders such as Council President Anna Verna and District Attorney Lynne Abraham. The latter declared that "Joe might just be an exemplar that SEPTA employees everywhere might want to emulate"; and

WHEREAS, On one particularly notable night, in 1982, Jo...

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