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WILSON, Duane John
Passed away suddenly at Vancouver, British Columbia, on November 3, 2012. Duane's great heart, gentle kindness and understanding, love and humor will be sorrowfully missed forever by Dawn Marcelle Wilson, his loving Mother, dearest friend, co- worker, and travelling companion; his loving sister and dear lifelong best friend Natalie Rae Wilson and loving niece Callaigh Crary and loving nephew Kyle Crary, whom Duane deeply loved and helped care for upon the illness and passing of his brother-in-law Richard Crary. Duane John is survived by his loving aunts; Mary, Gail, Rae, Agnes, Marion, and uncle Herb, and many loving cousins; Johnny, Dawn, Edie, Kathy, John, Shawna, Brent, Lorraine, Linda, Gordan, June, Pattie Gerry, Rob, Devona, Craig, Leslie, Lisa, Wade, Anne, and Valerie. Our dearest Duane joins his predeceased loving father Donald Wilson, maternal grandparents; John and Paula, paternal grandparents; John and Annie, uncles; John, Alex, Bobby, Bob, Ralph, Charlie, Gavin and Matthew, aunts; Nallie, Mona, and Hannah, and cousins; Jeannie, Lori, and twins Bonnie and Roy, as well as faithful family companions; protector dog "Klinger" (who rode the motorcycle with Duane on occasion), and his Maincoon cats "Kona" and "Koko". Duane was born and raised in Calgary. During his childhood he won many awards in Highland dancing, including a palm tree Trophy at the first Hawaiian Highland Games, which he treasured. Duane studied Royal Conservatory piano and vocal, participating in Calgary Music Festivals, Musical Theatre "Oliver", and he was singer with the Young Canadians of the Calgary Stampede. Duane also played little league baseball and hockey, and he loved to skate and snow ski. He was an avid downhill skier, that included acrobatic skiing/jumping, and he was a gold medal gymnast. He loved all water sports, in particular swimming, diving, water skiing, boating and fishing. Duane graduated from Bishop Grandin High School, followed by post graduate studies at Mount Royal and SAIT, graduating in Telecommunications Engineering. Duane moved to Vancouver in 1997 where he studied further Telecommunications Technology at BCIT (Honours). On weekends he enjoyed time with his family. He attended Our Lady of Fatima and St. Joseph's parishes, where he spent many fun times with his family at church functions and dinners. On holidays, Duane travelled to many exotic tropical isles with his family, where he enjoyed all of his loved water sports and reading. Relatives and friends are invited to Prayers and Tributes at St. Bernard's Catholic Church (711 - 37 Street N.W.) on Friday, November 30, 2012 at 7:00 p.m. Funeral Mass will be celebrated at St. Bernard's Catholic Church (711 - 37 Street N.W.) on Saturday, December 1, 2012 at 2:00 p.m. Photos, memories and condolences may be shared with Duane's family through www.evanjstrong.com. If so desired, memorial donations may be made directly to the Mustard Seed Ministry (102 - 11 Avenue S.E., Calgary, Alberta T2G 0X5. Telephone 403-269-1319, website www.theseed.ca). Arrangements in care of EVAN J. STRONG FUNERAL SERVICES. Phone: 403-265-1199.


Published in The Calgary Herald from Nov. 29 to Nov. 30, 2012
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