1937 ~ WILSON ~ 2012Posted: October 18th, 2012
With great sadness the family of Dr. LeRoy (L. J. Roy) John Wilson announces that he peacefully passed away with family by his side at the Medicine Hat Regional Hospital on Monday, October 16, 2012, at the age of 74 years. Along with his wife of 49 years, Colleen Elizabeth (nee Hough), he leaves to cherish his memory five children: John Craig (Mary Louise Weber) of Basking Ridge, N.J., Carolyn Louise (Erik Hoekstra) of Victoria, B.C., Elizabeth Mae (Ed Kruger) of Medicine Hat, Geoffrey Milton (Stefanie Caron) of Cochrane and Catherine Alice (Jason Fraser) of Medicine Hat; ten grandchildren: Jack and Olivia Wilson of Basking Ridge, Nicolaas and Michael Hoekstra of Victoria, Samuel and Aaron Kruger of Medicine Hat, Sydney and Zachary Wilson of Cochrane, and Emily and Joshua Fraser of Medicine Hat; three sisters, Beverly (Robert Conroy) of Moose Jaw, Sask., Shirley (Ross Elliott) of Edmonton and Patricia (Arden Hoel) of Devon; a great niece, Reigh Ann Summers, of Medicine Hat, and numerous nieces and nephews. Roy was pre-deceased by his parents, Milton and Caroline Wilson, and a granddaughter, Alexandra Catelyn Fraser.
Roy was born in Regina, Saskatchewan, October 24, 1937. He was raised in a loving family in small towns across Saskatchewan, his father being a railroader, and he graduated from Elrose High School in 1955. Roy received his B.Ed (1965), M.Ed. (1970) And PhD. (1975) degrees from the University of Alberta, all while teaching full-time and raising a rambunctious family of five children. His teaching career, which began in Saskatoon, Sask., brought him to Edmonton in 1960, where he spent five years teaching in the public school system and especially enjoyed his two-year stint as a Master Teacher with the University of Albertas Demonstration School.
Roy met his future wife and lifetime partner, Colleen Elizabeth Hough, while they both attended and sang in the choir at McDougall United Church in Edmonton. Their union in 1963 was blessed with five children. With their growing family, Roy and Colleen moved to Camrose, where Roy taught at Camrose Lutheran College (1966-1971), and then to Blairmore, where he served as vice-principal of the Crowsnest Consolidated High School (1971-1973). In 1973, Roy was appointed to the faculty of Medicine Hat College where, until his retirement in 2003, he was an instructor and coordinator of the teacher education program and also taught Canadian history.
Roy enjoyed his career and home in Medicine Hat. He took great pleasure in researching the fascinating history of the region and produced many publications on Medicine Hats early years, including a history of the school district. His passion for history and the arts and his commitment to civic participation led Roy to be involved in many cultural organizations, including the Medicine Hat Historical Society and the Friends of Medalta Society. He was also a major contributor to the capital campaign for the creation of the Esplanade Arts & Heritage Centre.
Roy was especially proud of his service as trustee with Medicine Hat School District No. 76 (1980-present). He was privileged to be recognized for his contributions: Alberta Home and School Associations Presidents Award (1998), the Medicine Hat College Academic Achievement Award (1998), honourary life memberships in the Alberta School Boards Association (1998) and the Canadian School Boards Association (1999), the Alberta Centennial Medal for his service to public education in the Province of Alberta (2005) and the Alberta School Boards Association Presidents Award (2007). In June 2012, Roy was privileged to be Medicine Hat Colleges honourary applied baccalaureate degree recipient.
Following retirement Roy enjoyed serving on the board of the Good Samaritan Society, 2002- 2008 (chair, 2006-2008), and the Senate of the University of Alberta, 2006-2012. He was a member of Grace Lutheran Church and more recently St. Peters Lutheran Church. Roy loved classical music, especially opera, reading, gardening and most of all spending time with his beloved grandchildren.
A memorial service to celebrate Roys life will be held at St. Barnabas Anglican Church on Friday, October 19th at 4 pm, with a public reception to follow at the Medicine Hat College Cafeteria at 6 pm.
To honour Roys life, the family requests that you consider supporting two of his passions, education and music, with a donation to Medicine Hat Colleges Dr. Roy Wilson Memorial, Bring Back the Music Program, created to expose children at Elm Street and Riverside Schools to the arts. Donations can be directed to the Medicine Hat College Foundation, care of Deanna Hayson, Development Officer.
In loving memory