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WILSON, John (Jack) Thomas Alexander

September 23, 1920 – Toronto, Ontario
November 10, 2018 – Calgary, Alberta

John (Jack) Thomas Alexander Wilson passed away peacefully on Saturday, November 10, 2018 at the age of 98 years.

Jack was born in Toronto, ON and lived there for the first sixty-eight years of his life. He received most of his education in Toronto, including degrees in Industrial Organization and Business Psychology. He was also a graduate of The Canadian Institute, McMaster University and Advanced Marketing at the University of Waterloo.

His first position was with the accounting department of Ontario Hydro, where he remained until the outbreak of World War II. He enlisted in the Canadian Army and attended officer training as a member of the Lorne Scots Regiment, graduating with the rank of Second Lieutenant. He served in a variety of posts in Canada before being assigned to military intelligence after attending the Canadian War Staff College at the Royal Military College in Kingston, ON.

After the war, he joined the firm of R.B. Rice and Sons Realtors as their office manager. In March of 1957, he was appointed manager of the Ontario Chamber of Commerce; thus began a long involvement with both the Ontario and Canadian Chambers of Commerce, culminating in becoming President and Chairman of the Ontario Chamber.

In December 1960, he became a Partner, and then Vice-President, of Davis and Henderson Ltd., a national systems company. In February 1977, he took on a new challenge as Dean of the graphic arts department, at George Brown College, in Toronto. A few years later, in 1980, he added the portfolio of Dean of the Faculty of Business.
During this time he was appointed Honorary Consul to the Republic of Côte d’Ivoire. As Vice-Dean of the Toronto Consular Corps, Jack hosted a number of events for foreign dignitaries including several Consular Balls.

After retiring in 1988, he and his wife, Maureen, moved to Niagara-on-the-Lake, in the heart of Ontario wine country. In 2001, they moved to Calgary, AB to be closer to his family. He and his wife resided at Lake Bonavista Village where he made many treasured friendships.

He is lovingly remembered by his daughter, Susan Liffiton (Larry); daughter-in-law, Janet Wilson; grandchildren Hilary Best (Brian), Meredith Dadson (Tyler), Erin Feltham (Greg), Paul Wilson (Carol Anne), Kat Liffiton (Stephen Liddel); and six great-grandchildren.

Jack was pre-deceased by his wife Maureen Wilson in 2018, and son, Brian Wilson in 2002.

Funeral Services will be held at the chapel of Lake Bonavista Village (11800 Lake Fraser Drive S.E., Calgary, AB) on Saturday, November 17, 2018 at 2:00 p.m. Condolences may be forwarded through

In living memory of John Wilson, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Fish Creek, 14441 Bannister Road S.E., Calgary, AB, T2X 3J3, Telephone: 403-256-9575.

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  1. Ria and Peter Arnold

    Sue, Larry and family

    Please accept our deepest sympathy on the passing of your dear father, grand-father and great-grandfather. A most interesting and intelligent man; he realized a lifetime of achievements throughout his career and his service. Jack could rely on his vast wealth of knowledge and sharp memory to share great stories with all. It was pleasure to get to know him and he will be sadly missed.

    Ria and Peter

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