On June 13, 2019, the Wilson family lost Don Wilson who peacefully passed away at the Hamilton General Hospital. Don had a full life and lived his life the way he wanted to. Don was born on May 26, 1945 in Hamilton to parents Jim & Jean Wilson followed by Lynda and Dennis. Don will missed by Dennis & wife Susan along with their children Ashleigh, Aaron & his wife Kendra; sister Lynda and her two daughters Christina & husband Rob; and Amanda & husband Ross and their 2 children Jimmy and Danny. Don loved music (everything from rock to classical), smoking a Cuban cigar, and sipping on a nice glass of scotch or brandy. He was an avid cross country skier and cyclist and had many great trips all over Canada and the US with his biking and skiing friends. Don was a great uncle, brother, and friend to so many people in the Hamilton area. He got pleasure out of helping others, and he enjoyed spending his time hanging out with friends at various bars and restaurants while watching football. Don loved driving and fixing his cars, and is most likely driving his Datsun 280 Z right now in heaven. According to Don’s wishes, cremation has taken place and there will be no service however, a “Celebration of Life” will be held Tuesday June 18, 2019 from 4:00 until 6:00 at the Turner Family Funeral Home, 53 Main Street, Dundas. Please bring a nice story to share with us. Cheers to you Don!
Our thoughts and hearts are with Don, Lynda, Dennis and their families.
Sunday breakfasts will not be the same without you. My thoughts will be with you
every pancake house breakfast..
Say Hi to Teddy and Alfie I know in my heart you three are swapping memories up
You will be though about by so many people for eons my friend….
God Bless you and Rest you….
Dear Lynda & Dennis:
I am so sorry to hear of Don’s passing. From the mid 50’s when we moved to the court and became the Wilson’s next door neighbours, life was always interesting whenever Don was involved. We were a bunch of cronies from the Parkdale area and never was there a dull moment. I have so may fond memories of Don. And, to overcome his early health issues and move on and live the life that he wanted is a testament to his resiliency. I wish I could share the many many stories that I have of him. But, unfortunately I cannot as we are out of the country at present. Our condolences to you and your families and let’s remember the wonderful times that we enjoyed together.
Don Wilson was a special friend and an inspiration to all of us. Anywhere Don was you knew there would be fun. And he shared it with the rest of the members of the Halton Club . On one of our rides down south Don brought along his roller blades and gave us all a chance to use them to find out if we liked them. He planned and ran many rides out of Dundas and was always there to help when members encountered trouble. His cheerful personality was always evident in all our activities. You will be missed Don
Don’s Beach Party was a looked-forward-to apres-ride event on our Ellicotville NY bike tours. Though there was no beach, Don made the party a fun time. Once he had a helmet that sported two beer cans and a hose to deliver the beverage.
Those were some off the best times of our lives and it was Don and others like him that made it that.
Don was especially friendly and helpful to new riders. My wife Shirley recalls that he had a squeaky rubber duck on his bike instead of a bell. He was a fit and accomplished cyclist who made others glad to be in his fun-loving company.
On a bike trip across B.C., Don and I spent an evening at the picnic table polishing off a small bottle of Jack Daniels. I’ll always remember that and Don’s company on ski or bike trips.
Donny, we are giving a toast to you with a rusty nail in hand. I had the pleasure of making one of your favourite cocktails. Cheers, Bill and Brenda from Mellows restaurant.
To Don’s family; our sincere condolences over your loss.
We will miss our neighbour of many years.
May he Rest In Peace .
Paul & Janet
Great memories of Don,hanging out with Dennis’s older brother, times at McQuaby lake, Lost Forest, our thoughts are with the Wilson families.
Don was person who excelled at figuring out what was important in life. For Don that meant family, friends, a fun time, a good cigar with a nice drink to accompany it and of course, his beloved Datson sports car. He loved to tinker in order to figure out how all things work. That must have been the engineer in him.
Don was a giver who found it hard to accept anything in return. On numerous occasions Don came to my rescue with regards to all things mechanical, be that skis, bikes, cars and all garden equipment.
He also saved me from the embarrassment of looking like Dorothy in the Wizard of Oz (his exact words) while riding my bike. To this day, I faithfully follow Don’ s guidance. I want you to know, Don, that I share
all of your advice, as well as the source, with others. This way you can keep on giving which was your ultimate speciality.
I feel truly honoured to have had such a true friend as you. You kept me in stitches, you were there during some difficult times as well as times of celebration. I will miss you but will cherish all the lovely memories.
We have many good memories of the fun loving Don,
as members of the Halton Ski Club.
Condolences to Donny’s family. Glad to have known such a great guy. Always friendly and a story to tell! Although we have been neighbours for years. We also found him enjoying a beverage of some sort somewhere.
Cheers to you Don!
We remember Don from many cycling and skiing trips with the Halton Outdoor Club. Don was so much fun to know and we are sorry to learn that he has left to embark on his next adventure without us. Condolences to his family and friends.