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Man killed while walking dog had a new lease on life prior to death

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Loved ones of a man who was killed while walking his dog on the Greenline said he had big plans, had been given a second chance at love, and his dog had given him a new lease on life.

Steve Wilson was a retired engineer who repaired X-ray machines and other medical equipment at Baptist East. Friends said the divorced father of two adult children had a new lease on life before his death.

"I miss him," his girlfriend said. "I cry myself to sleep every night. You know, it's been hard."

The woman didn't want to be identified by name. 

She is the girlfriend of Steve Wilson, 69, who was hit by a car Tuesday while he walked his dog, Henson, on the Shelby Farms Greenline. Wilson later died at the hospital.

"Henson was a dog that I picked up in the pouring rain one day," his girlfriend said.

That was a year ago, and she said the dog changed Wilson's life. She said he had health problems and stayed inside his house a lot.

When Henson came into his life, he started walking the dog.

"He was just doing so good," Wilson's friend Steve Hamilton said. "He'd lost weight, starting to get out and meet new neighbors."

Police said Wilson stepped out in front of a van as he walked Henson on the Greenline. The driver put on her brakes, but could not stop in time.

Friends said Wilson loved motorcycles. That is something evident from the photos on his Facebook page.

Wilson's girlfriend said she actually started dating him in high school. They broke up and she said he found her a few years ago on Facebook. They rekindled their relationship and had big plans.

"He was going to get all of his affairs in order and then we were going to get in the motor home," she said. "I miss the hell out of him."

Wilson's son was too emotional to talk about the loss of his father. A friend now takes care of Henson.

Wilson's funeral is scheduled for Monday at Canale Funeral Home.

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