James J. Wilson of Middleburg, Va. passed away June 10, 2021. Jim was born in Bronx, New York, the third of seven children to Daniel J. and Mary O’Donnell Wilson. He attended Cardinal Hayes High School and Manhattan College graduating in 1955 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Civil Engineering. During his school years, he had many jobs, among them working in a grocery store and flower shop but the one he was most proud of was being a night engineer during the construction of the third tube of the Lincoln Tunnel.
After graduation, Jim went to work for Interstate General of Chicago building radar stations around the country. In 1956 one of the jobs took him to Puerto Rico where he met and married his wife, Barbara. He left Interstate and with a few borrowed dollars, together they started Interstate General Contractors (IGC) building low-income homes and, ultimately went on to build office buildings, subsidized apartments, and shopping centers. Jim was active in the San Juan community becoming President of the Puerto Rico Home Builders Association, served on board of the Presbyterian Hospital, and helped start a chapter of the Young Presidents Organization (YPO).
In 1968, Jim began to explore opportunities in the U.S. and purchased a large tract of land in Southern Maryland that would become the new town of St. Charles.
In 1973, the family moved to Middleburg, Va. and purchased Dresden Farm where for 20 years enjoyed a successful thoroughbred breeding operation that produced many race winners on the flat as well as over fences. Jim was a member of the National Steeple Chase Association, New York, Maryland, and Virginia Thoroughbred Breeders Associations. Jim was an active board member serving on the board of The Hill School, Middleburg Tennis Club, Middleburg Community Center, the Middleburg Hunt, the. Kennedy Center National Symphony Orchestra, Manhattan College, Chief Executives Organization (CEO), and traveled the world with his wife, Barbara, on CEO trips visiting all seven continents.
Jim enjoyed tennis, skiing, sailing, music, and walking through the gardens at Dresden Farm.
Jim is survived by his wife, Barbara, Son Kevin Wilson and daughter, Elizabeth Hernandez of La Plata, Md, Tom Wilson of Windemere, Fla., Mary Pat Guest of Middleburg, Va, Michael Wilson, of Winter Park, Fla. and Brian Wilson, of. Middleburg, Va., 15 grandchildren. Six great-grandchildren and three sisters, Catherine Mistaglio of West Boylston, Ma., Pat Wilson, of Washington, D.C. and Denise Hagen, of Winchester, Va.
In lieu of flowers, please make contributions to Middleburg Community Center, the James J. Wilson Hill School Scholarship fund, Manhattan College Scholarship Fund