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Private service for Ralph Wilson to be held Saturday in Detroit

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A private funeral for Buffalo Bills founder Ralph Wilson will be held Saturday in Detroit, the team has announced.

The Bills added that a public celebration for fans, players, coaches and employees "is being discussed ... and will be announced at a future date."

Wilson, 95, died Tuesday at his home in Grosse Pointe Shores, Mich.

"The Ralph Wilson family and the Bills organization wishes to thank everyone who has offered condolences, support, kind words and prayers following the passing of Mr. Wilson," the team's statement also read.

Donations in Wilson's memory are being accepted by the Hospice Foundation of Western New York, the Alzheimer's Association Greater Michigan Chapter and to St. John Hospital and Medical Center to support of the Wilson Telemonitoring Program.

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