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WANLESS – Wilkie

September 28, 1917 – January 14, 2010

Wilkie passed away peacefully at the Beverly Center Lake Midnapore in Calgary, where he had lived with his wife Dorothy since November 2007. Dorothy visited, fussed over and cared for Wilkie everyday. He is survived and loved by Dorothy, his wife of 63 years and their 3 sons, ‘ the boys ‘ Dale, Marty and Gary; daughter-in-law Nancy and grandchildren Leissa (Jamie), Cory, Ethan; great-granddaughters Madison and Samantha as well as many nieces and nephews. Wilkie was predeceased by his sister Helen.

Wilkie loved people and was continually volunteering. His RAF-WWII experiences lead him to be active in the Air Crew Association of Southern Alberta, for which in 2009, he received an ACA (UK) Presidential Commendation. Wilkie was also a member of the RCAF Prisoner of War Association, the Royal Canadian Legion, and the Aerospace Museum of Calgary He was very proud of his contribution to the success of an International POW reunion held in Calgary in 1985. Wilkie was also a big supporter of historical restoration projects concerning WWII relics such as the Halifax Bomber.

He valued his community and as a young family man was a Kinsmen in Edmonton where he was involved in the conception and development of Kinsmen Park. In his later years, he was a founding member of the Family Leisure Center Seniors Club in south Calgary. A man of his time, he was a member of the Masonic lodge and of the Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite of Freemasonry of Canada. He received many acknowledgements for his public service but was most proud of being awarded the Queen’s Golden Jubilee Medal.

Wilkie had a long and successful career in the lumber and building supply industry and prior to his retirement in 1982, was acknowledged by the industry and named Lumberman of the Year for Western Canada.
Our hearts are thankful for the wonderful care he received at the Beverly Center Lake Midnapore. Memorial donations in Wilkie’s memory may be made to international, national or local programs through McDougall United Church.( ) or the Calgary Poppy Fund (

Please join us for a Celebration of Wilkie’s life on Wednesday, January 27, 2010, 2:00 pm at McDougall United Church. 8516 Athabasca Street S.E. Calgary. Gathering and light lunch to follow.

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Wilkie is not gone. He will walk beside us everyday. Unseen, unheard but always near.

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  1. Dear Dorthy and family,
    My respect and admiration for Wilkie will always be cherished as I remember him as a friend and fellow RCAF veteran.
    His desire to help in volunteer organizations was evident to me as Wilkie was a valued member of my committees at the Aero Space Museum. His cheerful disposition and love of life was an inspiration to all who knew him. We’ll miss you, Wilkie.
    Dick Kiser

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  2. Shirlee Matheson :

    We at the Aero Space Museum of Calgary adored Wilkie, for his interest in our people and our planes, the history our museum represented, and his wonderful humour and intellect. I personally will miss his support of my literary work. He was with us all the way.
    May he sleep well.
    Shirlee Matheson and Aero Space Museum

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  3. My condolences to the wife and family of Wilkie Wanless. I have happy memories of Wilkie’s active and valued membership in Kinsmen.

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  4. Dave Tsujikawa :

    My deepest and sincerest condolences to Mrs Wanless (the kindest, most generous and patient lady I know), Marty, Dale and Gary. I have many fond memories of this family…….sincerely Dave Tsujikawa ….Edmonton

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  5. SSG Joe Lake & Cassandra Lake :

    We will both miss you dearly Uncle Wilkie. Our memories of you will always be with us.

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  6. 2 Lieutenant Janet Stillwell, KO Calg R (RCAC) :

    My sincere condolences to the Wanless Family.

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  7. Elaine Schultz (Fuller) & Greg Schultz :

    Our sincere condolences to Auntie Dorothy and ‘the boys’ and their families. We will cherish our memories as he walks beside us. I will always remember you and auntie taking me to Niagara Falls. God Bless You.

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  8. Jeanne Brkich (Hoy) :

    Auntie Dorothy, Dale Marty and Gary so sorry to hear of Uncle Wilkie’s passing. May the wonderful memories he blessed us with be your comfort in the days to come. Sorry I was unable to attend yesterday. God Bless.

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  9. Tamara Haygood :

    I just heard of Wilkie’s passing. He generously helped me with a WWII research project, and we exchanged several enjoyable emails. Though we were quite peripheral in each other’s lives, I am genuinely saddened to hear that he is gone. He leaves a little hole behind. My blessings to his family.

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  10. gordon nicoll, pow at Sagan & Belaria Salag 111 with Wilkie :

    I knew Wilkie while in “the bag” at Sagan. I only just learned that he had passed. It does not surprise me that he was so involved in things. It was his manner. He was a good friend and I am sorry to learn that he is gone. Condolences to all who loved him.

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  11. It is with great sadness that I learned of the passing away of Wilkie Wanless.
    My Dad, Flight Lieutenant Philippe Suzor, from the ex British colony of Mauritius, had voluntered to join the RAF during WW2 and was the commanding officer on board the Halifax DK 201 on October 3 1943. I remember my dad telling me that Mr. Wanless had voluntered to replace the rear gunner who had been injured. On that evening of the bombing mission over the industrial city of Kassel, Primary target The Fieseler aircraft plant and Hendchel works.
    The Halifax was shot down by a night-fighter, 4 km ESE of Detmold. There were two casualties, the pilot, P/O Arthur Thorp and top turret gunner Sgt J Zuidmulder are buried in Hannover War Cemetery.
    The rest of the crew were captured and incarcerated at Stalag Luft 3 in Poland.
    P/O J.P.Suzor in Camp L3, PoW No.2927 with P/O W.A.W.Wanless,RCAF PoW No.3016. ” They were brave men. May Mr. Wanless rest in peace.

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