CORNWALL, Ontario – On Thursday, Sept. 12, 2019, Wilson Funeral Home shared the obituary of their founder, Ronald Wilson, who passed away on Sept. 11 at the Cornwall Community Hospital at the age of 83.
Prior to opening Wilson Funeral Home in 1976, Ron Wilson had served in the Canadian military, as a member of the local ambulance services in Cornwall and as a member of the Cornwall Police Service.
“He was a very pleasant guy to deal with,” remembered Claude McIntosh. “He was a good copper, very fair and not a ticket machine. He was always very concerned about the welfare of the other guys.”
McIntosh remembers Ron Wilson as having a wonderful sense of humour, something that he carried with him into his funeral service career.
Ron Wilson also had a strong passion for his community.
“He was involved with the Optimist Club of Cornwall for over 35 years, was a team member for the construction of the Janet MacDonell Pavilion wing of the local hospital, was a former Parish Councillor of St. Columban’s and St. Francis de Sales Parishes, served on the management committee to rebuild Immanuel Christian Reformed Church after disaster struck, and sponsored the Glengarry Sports Hall of Fame along with many other organizations,” his obituary reads. “He was awarded with Honourary Life Membership in the Knights of Columbus where he served many significant roles including Grand Knight, Chancellor, and District Deputy. During his tenure as District Deputy he was particularly proud of establishing several new councils in the Cornwall area and was awarded for his efforts to grow the Knights of Columbus community.”
Predeceased by his beloved wife Claire, Ron Wilson leaves behind six children, 15 great-grandchildren, and one great-grandchild.
A visitation will be held at his funeral home at 822 Pitt St. on Sunday, Sept. 15 from 2-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. and the Mass of the Resurrection with Commendation and Farewell will be held the following day, Monday, Sept. 16, at 10 a.m. at St. Francis de Sales Church, located at 434 Second St. W. Following the ceremony, a Rite of Committal will take place at the St. Lawrence Valley Cemetery in Long Sault.
Messages of condolence can be made at www.wilsonfuneralhome.ca in the obituary section.