On leaving school Wilson began working as an apprentice on the railways but was spotted by a scout while playing at amateur level with Huddersfield Town and was able to combine his passion for football with full-time employment by working on the tracks in the evenings and training with Huddersfield during the day.
Sir Bobby and Ray were part of Sir Alf Ramsey's England team who claimed a memorable World Cup triumph in 1966, beating West Germany 4-2 in the final at Wembley.
He was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease in 2004, but until recently was still a regular visitor to the Kirklees Stadium for home matches.
"The thoughts of everybody at Everton Football Club are with Ray's wife Pat, sons Russell and Neil, and all of his family and friends", the club said in a statement.
He moved to Everton in 1964 and won the FA Cup in five years with the team. "He wanted a great career and it was great to hear he did go to Huddersfield regularly in recent years".
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Wilson sold his World Cup winner's medal in 2002. "Our thoughts are with his family and friends".
In a message on his Twitter page, Greaves said: "RIP RAY WILSON We had some laughs and some very late nights through the years and even with your illness you carried on coming with us and keeping us on our toes until about six years ago".
Ray Wilson, a member of England's heroic 1966 World Cup-winning team, has sadly passed away, aged 83.
At 32, the the left-back was the oldest player in the starting side.