David John Wilson
David J Wilson, of Fredericton, NB, passed peacefully at home on August 22, 2019, surrounded by the love of "his three girls," wife Liz, and daughters Jodie and Heather. Born in Fredericton, December 27, 1940, David attended the University of New Brunswick and graduated in Civil Engineering (1963). It was there where he met the love of his life, Elizabeth (Paterson). They married in 1963 and lived in London, Ontario as David attended Western University for an MBA (1965).
In 1970, David, became President of Wilson Insurance, succeeding his father W Hedley Wilson who started the business in 1930. In 2011, David handed over the reins to his daughter Heather, and together with their team, they continued to build the business. He was still actively involved, even one week ago, opening the office by 6:30am.
David’s long and loyal community involvement helped make Fredericton and area a better place to live, work and play. He volunteered in excess of 300 hours annually for various causes and held significant community roles serving as board member and Chair of Chalmers Regional Hospital Foundation, the Miramichi Salmon Association (MSA), YMCA of Fredericton, Christ Church Cathedral, the Fredericton Chamber of Commerce, Kiwanis Club, and United Way.
Additionally, he served on many fundraising committees; The Chalmers CT Scan,"Your New Y" Capital Campaign, the Christ Church Cathedral Restoration, The United Way Annual Campaign, Small Craft Aquatic Centre, and the Fredericton Community Pool. David led the Chalmers Foundation "Your Health – Your Heart" fundraising campaign that raised $1.2 million to create a new cardiac diagnostic program for the River Valley Health Region. His involvement with the Chalmers Foundation, as one of the founding Board members, Chair and trusted advisor spanned 31 years.
David was an avid fly fisherman and so his involvement with the Miramichi Salmon Association (MSA) was a personal passion. Under David’s leadership, the MSA experienced significant sustainable growth in both revenues and conservation program delivery. He served as Past Board Chair, Chair of the Nominating Committee and as a member of the Board Executive. David will be honoured posthumously at the MSA’s Annual Conservation Dinner on October 3, 2019 for his exemplary service and contributions to salmon conservation.
David received many awards for his contributions, most recently the Fredericton Community Foundation’s Philanthropy in Action Award (2017). Other awards include the Downtown Fredericton Inc. Mazzuca Award, the Chamber of Commerce Distinguished Citizen Award (1990), and the Rotary’s Distinguished Paul Harris Fellow (2007). He also served his community as a City Councillor.
David was deeply devoted to his wife, Liz; daughters Jodie Wilson (Terry Dawydiak) and Heather Wilson (Greg Violette) and adored his grandchildren Wilson, Caeden and Kira who kept him young at heart. They all grieve the loss of their husband, dad, father-in-law and "gampy." Also mourning his loss are sister Elizabeth Tuters (Kas) and nephew Marc and many other close relatives, dear friends, clients, business colleagues and his Wilson Insurance family.
The funeral service will be held at Christ Church Cathedral, 803 Brunswick Street on Thursday, August 29 at 3 pm. A separate Celebration of Life is being planned for early October for close family and friends to share their memories of David.
Donations in remembrance of David can be made to the Chalmers Regional Hospital Foundation, the Miramichi Salmon Association or a charity of your choice.