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Born: Oct 11, 1931

Date of Passing: Mar 22, 2017

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CLAUDE HOOPER WILSON October 11, 1931 - March 22, 2017 It is with deep sadness the family announces the passing of Claude Hooper Wilson on Wednesday, March 22, 2017 at St. Boniface Hospital Palliative Care. Claude is survived by his wife Carolyn; and children, Judy (Heidi Streu), Chuck (Samantha Jones), Sue (Kern Clayton) and Liz (Bruce Jasperson); his grandchildren, Landon and Jordyn Stewart; Cameron, Jenna, Sarah and Hannah Wilson; Brandon, Matthew and Kevin Clayton. Claude was predeceased by his parents George and Vicki Wilson, sister Peggy Stillinger, brother Dick Wilson and beloved granddaughter Andrea Wilson. Born and raised in Winnipeg, Claude was active in school sports and Kelvin High School musicals. He played on the Bison Men's Basketball team (1948-1952). He graduated from Commerce at the University of Manitoba and attended Harvard Business School. In 1966, Claude joined as third generation in the family business Wilson Furniture where he remained until 2003. Claude was a dedicated and proud Winnipegger, well respected in the community for his strong business acumen, integrity, and wholehearted dedication to all of his passions. He will always be known for his quick wit, honesty and honour, and his love for family, friends, good food and wine. Claude's lifelong passion for the outdoors, hunting and conservation led him to be a dedicated volunteer with Ducks Unlimited Canada for close to 40 years. His passion and professionalism led to Claude being President of the DUC Board in 1992 to 1993. Claude was extremely proud that his contributions and efforts were instrumental in the creation of the internationally-renowned Oak Hammock Marsh Interpretive Centre. He was a long-standing member of St. Charles Country Club, and immensely enjoyed his Monday Putter Group and the resulting lifelong friendships. A celebration of his life will be held Tuesday, March 28 at 2:00 p.m. at the Neil Bardal Funeral Centre, 3030 Notre Dame Avenue, across from Brookside Cemetery. The family would like to express their sincere gratitude to all the amazing staff at CancerCare Manitoba and the St. Boniface Hospital Palliative Care Unit for their care and compassion. We would not have made this journey without you. In lieu of flowers, donations in Claude's memory may be made to Ducks Unlimited Canada for the Oak Hammock Marsh Interpretive Centre or St. Boniface Hospital Foundation Palliative Care Fund. NEIL BARDAL FUNERAL CENTRE 204-949-2200
Publish Date: Mar 25, 2017

CLAUDE HOOPER WILSON On Wednesday, March 22, 2017, at the St. Boniface Hospital, Claude Wilson passed away at the age of 85 years. Longer obituary notice to follow. NEIL BARDAL FUNERAL CENTRE 204-949-2200

Publish Date: Mar 23, 2017

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Mar 25, 2017

Condolences & Memories (12 entries)

  • Liz ,Judy and family We are sorry to hear of the loss of such a wonderful man, I never got to meet him but knowing Liz and Judy you know it was a great man. Through this difficult time treasure the memories, - Posted by: Rhonda and Tim Cameron (Friend) on: Mar 30, 2017

  • All my sympathy to you Carolyn and family. Claude was such a good neighbor and I will miss him each time I walk down Boulevard Lane. - Posted by: Suzanne Ullyot (Matlock neighbor) on: Mar 29, 2017

  • My thoughts are with you and your family at this difficult time. I know your dad was a larger than life influence in your life and will be very much missed. The wonderful memories and things you learned from him will comeback to you often. - Posted by: Jacquie Field (Friend and colleague of Sue) on: Mar 28, 2017

  • Claude was certainly a special person, he had so many positive influences on so many people's lives. It was a true honour to know him. He will be missed by many people. - Posted by: Chris Benson (Friend) on: Mar 27, 2017

  • Sally Shkut joins me in extending our heartfelt condolences to Carolyn and all the Claude Wilson Family for the loss of dear Claude. With sadness, we will miss Claude's amiable presence, his practical advice, his entertaining stories, his sometime naughty wit and the many evenings filled with his song and laughter. He will leave a void in our summers in Matlock. But we are thankful that we have been blessed by his friendship and now his memory. Sally Shkut & Scott Misener - Posted by: Sally Shkut & Scott Misener (Friend & neighbor) on: Mar 26, 2017

  • We have fond memories of Claude as our Neighbour on Elm Street. Many good times and a lot of laughter! Our condolences to Carolyn and family. - Posted by: Doreen Bolt & Family () on: Mar 26, 2017

  • I am so sorry to hear of Claude's passing. I always thought highly of him for who I knew him to be. He was a kind and genuine person who made you feel welcome and comfortable when you were around him. Those similar traits are also visible in those of his family. My thoughts are with you all. - Posted by: Bill Macdonald () on: Mar 26, 2017

  • Claude's amazing 40 year Career as a Volunteer with Ducks Unlimited Canada is well documented in the Obituary. As CEO I worked closely with him when he was President. I have many fond memories of our times together, often accompanied by our wives, Carolyn and Pat. We spent many enjoyable times together at Conferences and Conventions When Claude believed in something such as The Oak Hammock Center he was "all in"; and, the Center would not exist were it not for his support as a Member of the MB Directors and most important as President at a critical time in the development and construction process. We became friends and spent time together hunting in Manitoba and South Dakota as well as travelling together to Meetings throughout North America. The last time I saw him was at the DUC Annual meeting in 2016. We immediately gravitated towards each other as "the old timers" and had a good time talking of past times, friends and accomplishments. We will not be back in Manitoba until May and will likely miss the celebration of his life, but our sympathy goes out to Carolyn, and the family. Stew and Pat Morrison - Posted by: Stew Morrison (Friend and Colleague) on: Mar 25, 2017

  • Claude was a true gentleman. The photo captures that smile perfectly. I doubt a photo exists without a happy smile, and all would be quite perfect as he had a wonderful smile of warmth to greet everyone, simply because he was genuinely pleased to see people. Claude made the world a richer, better place and I am thankful to have known him. Penny joins in sending condolences to the family. We are away but we will be thinking of Claude and his family, especially on the 28th. - Posted by: Sheldon Bowles (Friend ) on: Mar 25, 2017

  • Our deepest sympathies to all of you at this time. We are glad we had the chance to get to know him. Love you guys! Oly and Dianne. - Posted by: Dianne and Oly Boersma () on: Mar 25, 2017


  • Deirdre and I were saddened to hear of Claude's passing.He was a true gentleman in every sense of the word.His commitment to the environment and his wise foresight will always be present at the wonderful Oak Hammock facility that he was instrumental in founding.The world is a better place for his having been here.His work will continue thru his talented daughter Liz and all of us current board members who are inspired by his leadership.I am personally pleased that we were able to honour him at our past presidents tribute a short time ago.Our sympathy goes out to his family and we will think of him often.Bob and Deirdre Kozminski - Posted by: Bob Kozminski (Old friend) on: Mar 25, 2017

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