Oct 18, 2012 - Nov 1, 2012
In May of this year Bill and Kay, or "Tup", (nee Dodd) travelled to San Sebastian and Barcelona to celebrate 60 years of marriage. They were joined on their grand pintxos tour by daughter Dr Christine Wilson, her husband Dr. Neil Friedenberg, and son Paul, with his wife Renate Bublick. Bill is also survived by brother Dick of Fredericton and sister Pat Heuchert of Minnedosa. He was predeceased by sisters Emily, Betty and Irene, and brothers Harry and, most recently, Ted.
Bill was born in East Kildonan, Manitoba in 1929, two years after his parents arrived from Dublin. He was the fourth of eight children and always remained one of the Wilson boys from EK. Bill worked for Dominion Bridge for 25 years, starting as a draughtsman in Winnipeg and eventually moving to Regina, where he was Production Manager.
In 1975, Tup and Bill moved to the North Shore and for the rest of his life Bill was a fixture on the seawall from Ambleside to Dundarave and Peppi's , the restaurant he adored and longed for so much after its' closing. For many years this was Bill's running route, as he ran marathons into his seventies. But he spent even more time just walking the seawall or up the Capilano River to the Cleveland Dam. Bill was famous for his "fabulous legs". He wore shorts at every opportunity and his legs were admired everywhere he went, including the Great Wall of China in 2007, where he had the ladies tittering in delight.
The family would like to thank the staff at Lions Gate Hospital ICU for their care and professionalism. In lieu of flowers, please make a contribution in honour of Bill to the Nature Conservancy or the charity of your choice. An event to salute Bill's life will be held at a future date.
"It's not that the Irish are cynical. It's rather that they have a wonderful lack of respect for everything and everybody." - Brendan Behan