|Birth: ||Feb. 26, 1901|
|Death: ||May 9, 2007|
Mr. Wilson was a very nice man who lived a very long time. I had the pleasure and honour of being a friend. You Sing out, sound the bugle and dance Mr. Wilson.
The following bio was authored by his son a few years ago.
Percy Dwight Wilson was born in Vienna, Elgin County, Ontario on February 26 1901.
He was one of nine children born to Coutlan and Mary (nee Chute) Wilson.
He was the eldest son of three boys and three girls to survive past the age of five. Only one of the six did not live past ninety years and that one died at the age of 88.
In 1907 the family moved to Toronto and while at school he joined the Cadet Corps. Lying about his age, he enlisted in the Canadian Army at 15 and trained at Camp Petawawa.
In November 1916 he sailed on the S.S. Grampian for England as a trumpeter with the 69th Battery C.F.A., but was returned to Canada in 1917 when his true age was discovered.
He was returned to Canada in February 1917 and discharged in February 1917. He apparently rejoined the Army once again in 1918 but his true age was discovered and was discharged as a minor.
In 1919 he was hired by the Bell Telephone Company and was employed with them for almost 47 years. He moved from Toronto to Windsor and then to Stratford in 1940 and back to Toronto in 1944.
While in Stratford, he again enlisted in the Perth Regiment Reserve. At that time he was too old for active service. But he rose to the rank of Captain.
He married Eleanor Dean (1899-1993) in 1927 and they enjoyed 65 years together. They had two sons Dean (deceased 1956) and Paul.
His great interest other than the family and the cottage was music. He studied voice at the Royal Conservatoire and the University of Western Ontario and sang professionally for many years, including a performance at Massey Hall.
Dwight's two brothers also served in the Second World War, Keith as a fire warden during the London blitz and Harold with the Canadian Infantry serving in Holland.
Dwight attributes his long life to the fact that he never smoked, never lied (except about his age) and attended church.
As a side note, Dwight's great grandmother was Sarah Edison, sister to Captain Samuel Edison Sr. (the grandfather of Thomas Edison the inventor) We understand that Captain Samuel was part of the Militia which included the Vienna Rifles, who repulsed and defeated the American troops in 1813 along the North shore of Lake Erie, where the Americans were burning and looting farms.
The Edisons and the Wilsons were among the first families in the area of Vienna, having arrived there from Nova Scotia in 1811. There is an Edison museum in Vienna.
Added note by Robin
Mr. Dwight Wilson was honoured with Military Honours as an Officer at his funeral. I myself feel that Dwight will be remembered for his singing ability and his willingness to share his talent with all who knew him well. What a sense of humour he did have. We miss you Dwight. Thank you to all who have left flowers and notes.
Plot: Section 8 Plot 423 with his In-laws and Son Dean. Close to the road path near the end of the section going west
Created by: Robin Jaffe-Hopkins
Record added: May 09, 2007
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