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JOHN GILLIS (GIL) WILSON (published on January 09, 2010)



JOHN GILLIS (GIL) WILSON It is with profound sadness that the Wilson family announces the peaceful passing of John Gillis (Gil) Wilson on Tuesday, January 5, 2010 at the Deer Lodge Centre. A loving husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, brother and uncle, Dad will be sadly missed by his loving wife of 66 years, Mary (Betty), daughter Wendy Riel (Allan) and son David (Wanda) of Winnipeg, son Doug (Donna) of Ottawa; grandsons, Robert (LeeAnn), Kevin (Marci), Bryan (deceased), Michael J., Matthew, Michael D. and Alex; great-grand-children, Courtney, Cameron, Joshua and Thomas; sister Florence of California; brother George of Victoria, as well as numerous nieces and nephews. Born on September 2, 1922 in Almonte, Ontario and raised in St. Vital, Gil was predeceased by his father George and mother Christina (nee Bond); brothers, Clarence, Donnie and Doug; and sisters, Gina (Bowyer) and Doris (Negrych). After serving overseas for three years as a rear-gunner in the RCAF in the Second World War, Dad was honourably discharged in December 1945 and returned to Winnipeg (St. Vital) where he resumed his 47 year career with Canadian Pacific Telecommunications, retiring in 1985. Dad was actively involved for many years with Glenwood Community Club where he coached hockey and baseball, supervised the Friday and Saturday night teen dances and like many an unsung volunteer helped out with whatever needed to be done around the Club to ensure the neighbourhood kids had a safe place to play. Family was extremely important to Dad and his favourite times were spent with Mom together with his children and grandchildren. In particular, the many summer holidays spent in Kenora with those pre-breakfast swims in the lake are especially memorable. In retirement, Dad enjoyed travelling with Mom and most enjoyed the many winter vacations they spent together in Hawaii. The family would also like to extend our deepest appreciation to the wonderful staff on the 6th floor at the Deer Lodge Centre for the care, respect and dignity with which they treated Dad during the time he spent there. Words cannot express what that meant to us. Respecting Dad's wishes, there will be no formal funeral service. A private family service will be held followed by cremation. Burial in St. Vital Cemetery will take place at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations in Dad's memory to the CNIB or the charity of your choice are appreciated. GREEN ACRES Funeral Home and Cemetery 1 Green Acres Lane, Springfield (204) 222-3241 Hwy #1 East inside the Perimeter at Winnipeg Condolences may be sent to: www.greenacresmemorial.com


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