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Date of Passing: Mar 04, 2017

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REV. DONALD IAN WILSON B.A., M.DIV. Peacefully, and in the blessing of his family's love, Don's life ended on March 4, 2017. He will be deeply missed by his wife of 55 years, Margaret, children Michael (Maureen), Mary Beth, Andrew (Deanna), and his cherished grandchildren Aidan, Benjamin, Leah, Gabriel, Ella, Abigail, and Rachel; as well, his sister Martha, and many nieces, nephews, neighbours, and friends. Don was predeceased by his mother Helen, sister Jean, and son-in-law Tom Podivinsky. Born in Kitchener in 1933, Don grew up in various communities in southern Ontario. His mother's faith and example led him to begin theological studies at Waterloo College in the late 1950s. It was there that he first met Margaret Steele and invited her to his sister's wedding. They married in 1962 upon Don's graduation from Emmanuel College in Toronto. At ordination he was persuaded to come to the Church for the Deaf in Winnipeg, a calling that honoured his friendship with a deaf cousin. He promised Margaret a five year stay but here they remained. Don's ministry led him to Harstone United Church, to SMD as Director of Deaf Services, to John Black Memorial, and lastly Knox United. He is remembered for his contributions to numerous deaf programs and as a founder of the local Alzheimer's Society. Don and Margaret came to enjoy the many benefits of life here including the WSO and MTC, gardening, Saturday night bridge, and travels with Glen and Margaret Harrison. In later years Don took great delight in his involvement with the St. Andrew's Society (past-president and Honorary Chaplain) and his Life Membership (non-singing!) in the Gilbert and Sullivan Society. The family is immensely grateful for the attentive and compassionate care provided by the staff of Grace Hospital 3 North. We wish to thank Dr. Arthur Blank, Dr. Brian Lecker, and Dr. John Rabson for their years of commitment to Don's wellbeing. A service of thanksgiving, presided by life-long friend Rev. Dr. John Ambrose, will be held on Thursday, March 9 at 2:00 p.m. at Charleswood United Church, 4820 Roblin Blvd. Your thoughts and prayers are all the kindness the family requires. Those who so wish please make a donation to a charity of your choice or to the Memorial Fund of Charleswood United Church. Great is thy faithfulness, God our Creator NEIL BARDAL FUNERAL CENTRE 204-949-2200

As published in the Winnipeg Free Press on Mar 07, 2017

Condolences & Memories (6 entries)

  • When I came back to Winnipeg Presbytery, Don and I worked together on the Education and Students Committee. Don was a great mentor to me and to many students with whom we met. I have appreciated his friendship through the years and extend my deepest sympathy to all of Don's family. - Posted by: Carol Fletcher (colleague) on: Mar 09, 2017

  • I write on behalf of the family of Freddie Macdonald. Bruce already left his memory. Our mother, Freddie, sang with Margaret in Harstone choir and followed Don's ministry faithfully. All our family enjoyed a positive relationship with Don and appreciated his ministry. His openness and commitment to his ministry were infectious and joyous. We were blessed to be part of his congregation and to know his family. He is missed. Our sincere condolences to you Margaret and your family. May he rest in peace. - Posted by: Sharon Macdonald (Friend) on: Mar 08, 2017

  • As a young member of the Harstone United Church, Don brought me thru communion. As a young member of the "teen group" Don provided insight not only from an adult but also the minister that was unique. My former experience with ministers were those of being more guarded and somewhat "stuffy". Don, whom we fondly called "The Rev" blew the guarded and "stuffy" out of the water with his openness and infectious laugh. His "flamboyant" delivery of a sermon was an event to behold. My most impressionable memory of Don was when he invited the Church for the Deaf to come to Harstone for a Sunday Service. The leading of the service and the sermon was an enlightened experience, the hymns were especially cool. The "church community" was a much richer place with Don's involvement and will be missed on many levels. Warm Memories Bruce Macdonald - Posted by: Bruce Macdonald (Member of Harstone United) on: Mar 08, 2017

  • I have known Don since he was a minister at John Black United Church. That has to be nearly 40 years ago. He delivered messages from his heart with simplicity. Don and Margaret had 3 wonderful children. I remembered Micheal so well as i taught him in Sunday School. Don always had a wonderful smile and a hand shake whenever we met, later years when he attend church while Micheal has been the minister. I have great love and respect for Don . We know Don is celebrating with the Lord now. - Posted by: Leah Vermette (friend and congragent) on: Mar 08, 2017

  • I met Don when we were residents in Gandier House at Emmanuel College. I don't think we met again after his graduation in 1962, so my memories are of a slim, young, dark haired man who was one of the shining lights of residence life, great sense of humour and at the same time utter commitment to his call to ministry. It was a great thrill to read Don's obituary with the description of his fulfilling years of service and the wonderful family which grew around Don and Margaret. Pax vobiscum. Stew - Posted by: Stew Bell (Fellow student at Emmanueal College (1960 - 62)) on: Mar 07, 2017

  • Don was a source of inspiration to me in my last year of theology. As a result I entered ministry to deaf persons in Vancouver and later as Executive Director of the Western Institute for the Deaf in Vancouver. I remember Margaret with deep affection and all my sympathies are with her and their children. May Don rest contentedly with God. - Posted by: Gary Magarrell (Friend) on: Mar 07, 2017

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