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WILSON, John Reynolds “Jack”

John Reynolds Wilson, known as Jack (June 27, 1927 – Sept 22, 2014), was born in Trail BC to Reverend Alfred and Edith Wilson, and passed away at the Nanaimo Regional General Hospital at the age of 87.

He was predeceased by his parents, his brothers Ronald, Leslie and sister Christine Parks. He is survived by his loving wife Elaine, his son David (Lindsey), his cherished grand-daughter Kylah, his sisters-in-law Elsie and Gladys; Cheryl and Curtis, as well as many special extended family members. Jack graduated from UBC with a BA in Physics and Math (1949) and a Diploma in Education (1950). He then taught High School Math and Sciences in Prince Rupert (where he met his future wife, Elaine) for two years before moving to Calgary.

Jack began his Exploration career with Western Geophysical in 1952, was then with Farney Exploration in 1955 until joining with John A. Legge. Upon his retirement, Jack and Robert Comer created the Geophysical consulting firm of Comer and Wilson. He was a lifetime member of both CSEG and APEGA; he enjoyed his work as a Geophysicist very much, continuing to see clients into his seventies. He was a member of the Petroleum Club, North Hill Curling Club and Willow Park Golf Club. For 30 seasons Jack particularly enjoyed attending the Doodlebug Golf Tournaments at the Banff Springs Hotel and Golf Course. In his retirement years he enjoyed crossword puzzles, making models, double-skunking his wife and son at crib, time at the cabin in Qualicum, and learning (again) to play the violin. He also enjoyed volunteering at an elementary school, assisting the students with their reading skills. Jack is remembered for his gentle demeanour, subtle humour and his love for tall ships, vintage fighter planes, steam engines, golf, curling and music.

A Memorial Service will be held at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY (Park Memorial, 5008 Elbow Drive S.W. Calgary, AB) on Saturday, October 18, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. Condolences may be forwarded through In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Kiwanis Music Festival, the Salvation Army, or a charity of your choice.

In living memory of Jack Wilson, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Park Memorial, 5008 ELBOW DRIVE S.W. Calgary, AB, T2S 2L5, Telephone: 403-243-8200.

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  1. Harold & Tess Ashley :

    Elaine & Family. We were saddened to hear of Jack’s passing and wish to offer our deepest sympathy for your loss. We have many fond memories of the times we had over the years , particularly during the Oilmen’s Bonspiel. Peace be with you.

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  2. Lorie, Ian and Spencer Tod :

    To Elaine and family. We were very sorry to hear the news. You and Jack were fabulous neighbours. You were always patient when Spencer’s toys landed in your yard, and understanding of some dog barking.
    Jack was wonderful to tackle our snow on the walk so many times. It became a race to see who would be out first to do both houses.
    He will be missed.

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  3. Georgina Bosch :

    Mrs. Wilson this is Georgina from Dr. Crosland’s and Richard Shillington’s offices.
    I would like to send you my condolences. Mr. Wilson was such a lovely man and he took
    such good care of you I can only imagine how much you miss him.
    My favourite story of Mr. Wilson was when Dr Petryk asked him if he would like to be called
    John or Jack and he replied “You can call me Mr. Wilson!” Still makes me smile.
    I will always remember him with fondness. Georgina

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