Louisa County Fire Department mourns loss of longtime firefighter

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LOUISA COUNTY, Va. (WRIC) — The Louisa County Department of Fire and EMS is mourning the loss of one of their one. 

The department announced on Sunday that longtime firefighter Hugh Blair Wilson passed away after a 16-year battle with cancer. 

Wilson, 59, began his firefighting career in 1976 as a volunteer. He received his EMT eight years later and had leading roles in both Fire and Rescue. In 2012, he accepted a full-time position as a firefighter and medic for Louisa County and rose to the rank of lieutenant.

“Beloved faithful husband of Barbara, left this earth way too soon to join his only son firefighter Charles D. Wilson, who died in 2012,” Louisa County Department of Fire/EMS Chief Keith L. Greene said. “Blair was a wonderful son, brother, uncle, husband, dad and papaw. Blair was one who could fix anything, but he could not fix the cancer which took his life.” 

Blair was born in Richmond and graduated from Louisa County High School in 1978. He attended Richmond Technical Center, where he took classes in HVAC.

Over the span of thirty-odd years, Blair ran his own HVAC company. He also worked at the Virginia Department of Corrections, according to Chief Greene. 

Blair was a member of Mineral United Methodist Church and had served as a trustee.

“He enjoyed mentoring and teaching others his craft. He particularly enjoyed his time as an Assistant Scout Master with BSA Troop 3 of Louisa. He will be greatly missed by all,” Chief Greene said. 

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Mineral United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 276, Mineral, Virginia 23117 or the Santa Council of Louisa, P.O. Box 392, Louisa, Virginia 23093.

The viewing will be held Thursday at 
Mineral Baptist Church 
51 Louisa Ave Mineral Virginia 23117 
2pm-4pm and 6pm-8pm.

The Service will be held Friday at
Mineral Baptist Church 
51 Louisa Ave Mineral Virginia 23117 beginning at 11am followed by the interment at Spring Grove Cemetery 
1 Bridge Rd Mineral Virginia 23117.

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