Red passed away Tuesday, Sept. 13, 2005. He was born Sept. 26 to Bill and Edith Wilson in Windsor, Ont.
In 1940, he joined the Essex Scottish Regiment, later transferring to the Carlton Yorke Regiment. He served in the North Africa and Italy campaigns, and spent 13 months on the front line.
Following his discharge, he has been a continuing member of the Royal Canadian Legion, Br. #29 for 59+ years.
Guest Construction/Bell Canada brought Red to Fort Frances, Ont. in 1957, where he was the foreman for a number of years, supervising several crews and stringing lines in the area.
This is where he met the love of his life, Donna May Bone, and married her on Sept. 20, 1958. They had three children whom Red loved very much and was so very proud of.
He enjoyed fishing and hunting with his family and friends, and he loved his garden. He was a very hard-working, honest, and dedicated man.
He is survived by his wife of 47 years, Donna May (Bone); daughters, Donna Lori (Larry) Kehler of Thunder Bay, Ont. and Dixie (Allan) McDonald of Devlin, Ont.; son, Bill (Patti) Wilson of Fort Frances,Ont.; and grandchildren, Kyle and Colin Kehler of Thunder Bay, Ont., Alex and Brad McDonald of Devlin, Ont., and Lyndsi and Nikki Wilson of Fort Frances, Ont.
Also surviving are his sister, Joan (Patrick) Lavin of Tucson, Ariz.; brother, George Wilson of Simcoe, Ont.; and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by his parents, Bill and Edith Wilson; brother, Rob, who was killed in Italy during W.W.II; sister, Shirley; and father-and mother-in-law, Lloyd and Lillian Bone.
Funeral services will be held Saturday, Sept. 17, 2005 at 11 a.m. at Green Funeral Home in Fort Frances. Interment in Riverview Cemetery will follow immediately.
Honourary pallbearers will be Jim McKinnon, Bob Katona, Sandy Haney, Lee Barr, and Vern Parker.
The family would prefer memorials in Red’s memory.