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RICHARD WILSON (published on July 04, 2009)

RICHARD WILSON Born July 3, 1918, passed away peacefully on June 28, 2009, shortly before his 91st birthday, Richard, or Dick as he was known by all his friends and family, was predeceased by his wife and best friend Bernadetta, brother Robert, sisters Grace and Gwen and survived by sister Kaye Coles of Dryden, Ontario. Richard was born in Glenella, Manitoba, and shortly thereafter moved to Virden, Manitoba, until he left as a teenager during the depression to pursue work and support the family at home. He joined the Winnipeg Grenadiers prior to the outbreak of the Second World War and served in Jamaica before deploying to Hong Kong at the beginning of war. He was captured at the battle of Hong Kong, where he remained a POW for the duration of the Second World War. He was a lifelong member of the Hong Kong veterans association, and stayed in touch with many of his comrades until shortly before his death. After the war, he joined Greyhound bus lines, and worked routes between Ignace, Ontario and Calgary, Alberta. Upon retirement Dick and Bernadetta spent many years summering in Beausejour, Manitoba, and wintering in Mesa, Arizona. During the summer months Dick and Bea were frequent visitors to Bea's niece and nephew Arvella and Mel Matthews in Pine Falls, Manitoba, where Dick spent many hours entertaining nieces and nephews during many family gatherings. His camera was never far away, and he captured many memorable moments that all the family members cherish to this day. In 1995, Dick and Bea moved to Stonewall MB, to be near family and spent many enjoyable years in Lions Manor. They enjoyed traveling and Dick spent many hours photographing rural Canada and the Native Americans of South Western United States. He enjoyed music and recording video of family events and Mother Nature. Dick enjoyed fishing and hunting trips with his Greyhound buddy Walter and was a great fan of the CFL (Go Green!). Dick is survived by three nephews Bruce Wilson of Calgary, Bob Coles and George Coles of Dryden, and his niece, Betty St. John of Vernon, B.C. At Dick's request there will be no funeral service, and interment will be scheduled for Chapel Lawn Cemetery at a future date. Anyone wishing to make a donation in Dick's memory can do so to the Deer Lodge Foundation in his name. Special thanks should be given to his niece Angie, who spent many hours caring for Uncle Dick and to the staff of Tower 7 Deer Lodge Hospital, whose kindness, professionalism, and care was second to none. MacKenzie Funeral Home, Stonewall in care of arrangements.

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