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South Calgary Funeral Centre and Crematorium

12700 Macleod Trail South, Calgary, AB

OBITUARY

Dr. Donald Craig Wilson ("Tio")

June 12, 1941July 5, 2020

Following a brief period in Calgary hospitals, Donald passed in his beloved Alberta.

Born in Belleville, ON, he was predeceased by his beloved Beatrice Vargas, father Jack, mother Marion and brother John. He is survived by brother George (Lynda); niece Clare; nephew Craig; sister Mary Ann; nephews Wil and Clay; Johanna and Fernando Bravo, Christina and Andres Vargas (Gabriela and Mariana) of Calgary and their extended family in Miami, FL. He lived life to its fullest and will be sadly missed by many friends in Canada and worldwide.

The family extends their appreciation to doctors and all staff at the Foothills and Rockyview hospitals for their kindness and care.

Cremation has taken place.

A Celebration of Life to be arranged when permitted.

In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate donations being made in Donald’s memory directly to the Vintage Veterinary Exhibit at Heritage Park in Calgary, (www.vintageveterinaryexhibit.ca) or OCV Class of ’66 Legacy Fund.

Services

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Ross Fitzpatrick

July 20, 2020

Don and I graduated from OVC in 1966. When Don moved to Calgary, we would get together for lunch 3 or 4 times a year and share updates from our classmates. Don was a reader and would bring along books he thought I would enjoy and in due time I would return them to him. There was a time when I would take in events at Spruce Meadows, in the cheap seats. Then Don started to treat me to those deluxe tables (one of only twelve) where one gets food and beverage on white table cloths! Forever spoiled after that! And he loved the show bands at Stampede! When we three amigos started Vintage Veterinary Exhibit, I saw Don on a monthly basis at our meetings. We are going to miss him more than words can express.
It was so hard to only be able to talk on the phone while he was hospitalized when we normally would be able to visit. Thank you my friend for your generosity, kindness and intelligent conversations. Until we meet again..rest well Tio.

Johanna Bravo

July 20, 2020

Sundays and every other special occasion will never be the same without you.
You gave me the greatest gift of all, your time and your wisdom. So many memories from the endless hours we spent together talking about the dogs and trivial fun things as much as deep conversations about life greatest questions.
You were my guide, my counselor, my source of reason and a wonderful role model I was lucky to have, I learned so much from you.
As declared by many you were a kind, smart, generous and the most thoughtful man.
I saw another rainbow today, I like to think is you smiling down on me.
I miss you more than words can say my sweet Tio.
Johanna

Ted Clark

July 15, 2020

I have lost a best friend in Don Wilson. I met with Don over breakfast near his condo on a regular basis, where he would fill me in on the latest in classmate news, local and even international news. I called Don my personal encyclopedia which he got quite a chuckle out of. He was one of the kindest, gentlest people I have ever known. Ross Fitzpatrick, Don and I started the vintage veterinary exhibit project in May of 2016 and he was passionate about it. Don was the only person who never missed a meeting except perhaps our secretary Nora. Thanks to Don's enthusiasm for the project, our committee of 18 people is now more determined than ever to see it completed.
R.I.P. dear friend.
Ted

Ruth Radostits

July 15, 2020


My late husband, Dr. Otto Radostits OVC 1959 taught at the WCVM in Saskatoon, SK. We attended many Veterinary conferences and we would see Don there and enjoy his company. I remember one special occasion , I believe in Madison, Wis., where we attended a symphony concert together. It was quite lovely! Don was a quiet ,unassuming and dignified man. He often spoke about his beloved, Beatrice. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family at this difficult time. May all the wonderful memories of your times together and the love of family and friends help in the days ahead.

Gimena De Buen Paz

July 14, 2020

Thank you Tio for all the memories we made together from the Stampede parades to the camping trips and Chrsitmas dinners, ballet performances and many other moments we shared. You truly always made us feel part of your family with your love and kindness.

You inspired us to hang a big map in our house and start marking the places we have visited just like the one you had at your place. We always enjoyed listening to your adventures around the world. We will think of you everytime we look at our map.

We will miss your warm and beautiful smile and your sweet laugh but you will live in our hearts forever.

Please know we will keep an eye on your beloved Johanna and Fernando as well as Lola, Bruno & Branca.

Te queremos mucho.

Gimena, Carlos, Sofia & Emilia.

Hon. John McDermid

July 13, 2020

I just learned of the passing of a very good friend, Don Wilson. Don and I had many adventures together including our involvement in politics, Young Progressive Conservatives or his help and guidance for my two nomination meetings, the first not successful but the second was a big win. He was instrumental in helping me get elected to the House of Commons four times. We had many ventures together, a shared boat, shares together in PemAir, a little shuttle airline that flew between Pembroke, Ontario and Toronto and of course our investment club. I am writing this with tears in my eyes. I just sent him my best wishes for his Birthday, not knowing that he was ill. We didn't see much of each other in the past few years but when we did get together it was memories, it was politics and it was laughs. I watched the romance between Don and Beatrice grow into something beautiful, I was with him when he got one of the first Mustangs produced and went with him on his veterinary calls where I helped with calving and one night, at the Hon. Sinclair Stevens farm, a cessarian section on a ewe where Don delivered twin lambs. The memories just keep flooding back. My condolences to brother George and Sister Mary Ann and all the family. He will be sorely missed. Rest in peace my friend, you have earned your eternal rest.

Maria Camila Galvis

July 13, 2020

Dearest Tio:
Thank you for being a guiding light in my life. You were one of the smartest, funniest, most interesting people I ever met. Thank you for encouraging me to never stop learning, and for supporting me in learning Japanese when others said it was useless. I know you are in a better place now, hopefully it’s just as beautiful as your beloved Canada. I love you, I miss you, and I‘ll never forget you. Say hi to aunt Betty for me ❤️
RIP Tío Don Wilson, a source of guidance and joy to everyone who met him.

Rodney Follwell

July 11, 2020

Don and I grew up together on George St., Belleville, Ontario. He was my best bud and I was devastated when he and his family moved to New Hamburg, Ontario. I recall visiting with the Wilson family at the time of The Canadian Pacing Derby , the only time that I was ever sprayed by a skunk. We last met in person about 30 years ago at a beef cattle meeting in Toronto.
My thoughts are with you all especially George and Mary Ann.
Rod

Rod Keelty

July 10, 2020

It seems like I knew Don forever both from the AH industry that included our many years together at Bayer. Certainly a guy who embodied the very best traits one could have - considerate, fine intellect, sense of humor, and loads of common sense. I was so looking forward to being in Calgary last April where we made plans for a lunch date which unfortunately was cut short by Covid 19. Nevertheless I will remember him as he should be remembered - as a truly fine person.

CELINE PICARD

July 10, 2020

I had the privilege to work with Don when I first started working at Bayer. I was impressed by his kindness, his professionalism and his ability to share his extensive knowledge. He will be missed.

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