Just two weeks short of his 89th birthday, Dad entered into the presence of his Lord.
Dad was born in Sperling, MB, the youngest of five children born to William and Margaret Wilson. David or “Buddy” as he was called by his family, moved to Winnipeg in 1938 with his parents. It was then that Dad began to attend Calvary Temple where he committed his life to Christ and became a lifelong member. He attended several schools in Winnipeg including Glenwood School (now Glenelm School), Somerset School, Mulvey School, and finished his studies at Gordon Bell High School. Most of his teen years were spent living at Broadway Court where his father was employed. At Calvary Temple, he met Viola Salmonson and they were married there on August 14, 1954. He worked for the Manitoba Telephone System for 37 years in various locations around the city and in management and other positions, until his retirement in 1989.
Dad’s heart was for serving God which he did faithfully throughout his life. He helped to build and served as Director for many years at Calvary Temple Camp on Red Rock Lake. He was instrumental in the establishment of Christian Service Brigade (CSB) #590 and served in many leadership roles with the Brigade program for 55 years. He was tireless in bringing children to Sunday School, both in his own car, and then eventually driving a Sunday School bus. Dad was a regular in the CT Brass Band for 25 years. On top of all that, he served for 20 years on the CT Board.
Beyond his own church, Dad spent several years serving on the Board of Directors at Central Pentecostal College (now Horizon College & Seminary) in Saskatoon, SK. He also served on the Winnipeg CSB Area Committee that was instrumental in bringing over 40 Winnipeg churches into the program. Through CSB Winnipeg, thousands of young men have had the opportunity to meet Jesus and grow in their faith and to become exemplary Christian men, fathers and leaders today. In his retirement years, Dad enjoyed volunteering at the ERDO warehouse in Winnipeg, being involved with the CT Archives as well as the CT 100th Anniversary Committee.
Dad was a loving husband, His true character shone as we watched his tender care of our Mom during the final years of her life as she battled dementia. As long as he was able, and even when she no longer recognized him, he would visit her daily, sitting by her side and holding her hand. Dad / Grandpa became even more our hero as he demonstrated unconditional love for our Mom / Grandma. He exemplified his wedding vows “for better for worse, in sickness and in health, till death do us part.”
Dad lived a life of steadfast faith in God, trusting Him through life’s challenges.
Dad was a devoted father. Summer family vacations took us to the Black Hills of South Dakota; Hay River, NWT; Detroit Lakes, MN, California; Ontario; Quebec and BC. Camping first in a tent and then graduating to a Kaplan tent trailer provided our accommodation for vacations. Dad was known by family and friends for his “big wooden box” that he built to hold all our camping supplies and food. Before we were able to drive, Dad put many miles on his cars driving us to swimming lessons, music lessons, youth group and parties with friends. In 1977, Dad and Mom purchased a cabin at Manhattan Beach Camp on Pelican Lake. It provided a place for us to go where we could attend the camp services, meet with God, enjoy new and old friendships as well as spend time in the water. Many happy memories were made during our times at the Lake. Whenever something was broken or needed fixing, if he couldn’t fix it, he would give us sound advice about what to do. Dad was a strong man. It seemed to us that Dad could do anything.
In addition to Dad’s abilities as a camping box builder, he had several other interests. He was involved in many curling leagues, both on his own and also with Mom and their friends. He also enjoyed travelling and in addition to our many family vacations, he and mom went on several vacations to both Canadian coasts and other spots in the southern US. However, their favourite travel destinations always seemed to be wherever their kids and grandchildren lived. Dad and Mom made multiple trips to BC and Ontario, often foregoing vacation opportunities to warmer climates to be with their family, which always meant so much to us.
Becoming a Grandpa in 1985 was one of Dad’s greatest delights. He was a really, really good Grandpa. He attended the kids’ concerts, recitals, games, and birthday parties. He was always willing to play catch, go to the park, go skating, swimming, or canoeing with them, or even taking them up in a hot air balloon over Victoria Falls! He and Mom travelled to BC and Ontario many times, and even as far as Africa, to visit their grandchildren. There was little that he wouldn’t do for them. Even as he got older and the kids got noisier, he simply relished being around them and watching them interact. Dad loved to give and found great joy in purchasing gifts for his grandkids. And it had to be fair! He couldn’t give more to one than the other… often down to the dollar! When we would tell him that they didn’t have to buy them so much, his response was that he and mom wanted to, and would do it while they could. And that was the end of the conversation!
Four years ago, he was promoted from Grandpa to Great-Grandpa. As he held these little ones, a look of wonder could be seen on his face. The great-grandchildren brought him much joy as he watched them grow.
Dad was predeceased by his beloved wife Vi with whom he enjoyed almost 63 years of marriage. He also was predeceased by his granddaughter Bonnie Mitchell, his parents, William and Margaret Wilson, his brothers Stan and Alvin, sisters Anne and Edna Arnason, his father and mother-in-law, Jonas and Gerda Salmonson, brothers-in-laws, Biff Arnason, Alrik Salmonson, Joel Solmonson and Earle Wilkinson, sisters-in-law Alice Wilson, Alma Wilson, Myrtle Salmonson, Sarah Gaetz and Anna Wilkinson, nieces Karin Cymbalisty, Linda Wilson and nephew Murray Wilkinson.
Left to cherish his memory are his three children, Grant (Janet), Gary (Sandra), and Joanne (Jim Poirier), his treasured grandchildren, Angela, Mark Poirier (Tara), Carina Tanious (Ryan), Todd Poirier (Kelsey), David, Liana Chandran (Daniel), and Scott Poirier, three precious great-grandchildren, Tasha, Connor, and Brayden, sister-in-law Edith Benson (Harvey) and brother-in-law Ken Gaetz as well as numerous nieces and nephews and friends.
Visitation will take place by invitation only. A graveside service will be held on Monday, November 23, 2020 at 12:30 pm at Chapel Lawn Cemetery, 4000 Portage Avenue. Due to provincial restrictions, guests will be required to remain in their vehicles for the duration of the interment. To view it online, please go to www.ctwinnipeg.com and scroll down to “Celebration of life Dave Wilson.” In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Calvary Temple Children’s Ministries. For the family’s remembrance video, please click on the link. https://youtu.be/jDD9a7S3qDA
Now we trust in God to keep us, ‘Bright and Keen for Christ’
Because we love Him,
Because we want to serve Him,
Until we see Him face to face.