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William James Wilson

William James Wilson

July 12, 1932 -
December 28, 2020

It is with great sorrow that our family announces the unexpected passing of William James Wilson on December 28, 2020.

William was born July 12, 1932 in Winnipeg, MB. He is predeceased by his mother Ruth Wilson (Hepworth). Father William Wilson, sister Margaret and his dear brother Gordon.

William was a prairie boy who ran away from adversity; at 18 years old he joined the Navy seeking freedom and adventure.

His navy career saw him becoming a decorated Korean War veteran. He would visit ports of call around the world. Most notably William was stationed in Portsmouth, UK where as a crew member onboard the submarine HMS/M Alliance. William’s navy service would ultimately lead him to Esquimalt, BC where his naval career would end and his civilian life begin.

William would continue to serve the government of Canada when he began working part-time for Customs and Excise. His job with Customs and Excise in Victoria, BC would send him on an accelerated career path and many relocations.

He served as a Chief Superintendent in Vernon, BC for two years before being promoted to Area chief for the Yukon based in Whitehorse. He moved to Osoyoos in 1980 where he took over as Chief of Customs operation for the Port of Osoyoos from April 1980 until his retirement in 1993.

Despite his ambitions William wouldn’t want to be remembered for his professional accomplishments. William will be remembered as a tall, kind, gentle, and more importantly a stoic man who had an unwavering love for his family.

William strived to maintain integrity and honesty with all who knew him.

William is survived by his wife of 57 years Donna Wilson (Evanoff), Children: Leanne and Kevin (Daughter in law Evelyn Wilson). His grandchildren: Salem and Akasha Zunker, Asia Bacon (Son in law Kevin Bacon), Austin Wilson. Great grandchildren: Amberlin Wilson, Braxton Bacon and Brady Bacon.

William wanted no funeral service and a simple cremation.

William’s ashes will be spread at his predetermined location on a later date and time by his family.

Thank you to John Nunes for his compassion and care.

Alone I will not be,
My comfort will come from the sea.
The stillness of calm waves will gently drift by. I will be as one with the sea.
When the sun sets on the ocean blue,
remember me as I will always remember you.
As the sun rises…go live life as full as can be,
apart…you and me…but be at peace for I am free.
By Capt. Chad Theesfold

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