Patrick Wilson was a leader and a mentor – at Stelco Hilton Works where he worked for 42 years and in his service as a Catholic school trustee – but his favourite role was as “Poppy,” the much loved family man.
The former Hamilton-Wentworth Catholic District School Board trustee passed away on Wednesday, June 26, 2019. He was 90 years old.
“Pat Wilson provided outstanding service to Catholic education in our community,” said Chairperson Patrick Daly in warm words of remembrance. “As trustee and chair of the Board, he made significant contributions to our system during a period of rapid growth.”
“He was an outstanding mentor to all of us who had the privilege of serving with him. At all times, he was a truly Catholic Christian gentleman.”
Mr. Wilson was elected Trustee for Ward 8 from 1968 to 1988 and served as Board Chairperson from 1974-1976, providing strong leadership at a time of critical expansion in the Catholic school system and maintaining good relations with the different partners in Catholic education.
In 2005, he was presented with the Hamilton-Wentworth Catholic District School Board’s highest honour, the Award of Merit for Distinguished Service to Catholic Education in recognition of his lifelong commitment to Catholic education.
In addition to his trustee role, Mr. Wilson was a former member and past president of the Board of Directors for the Catholic Children’s Aid Society, a life member of the Knights of Columbus, and volunteer auditor for the Diocesan Marriage Tribunal. An active parishioner at Corpus Christi and St. Lawrence parishes, he served in various ministries over the span of 50 years. In his retirement years, he volunteered at St. Catherine of Siena Catholic Elementary School.
Above all, he was a devoted family man who derived great pleasure in spending time with his family – wife Jackie, daughters Patti, Judi, Theresa and Kathi, and their extended families.
And there can be found his proudest legacy. As stated his bio in the Distinguished Service Award program: “The entire Wilson family is a living witness to what Catholic education is all about.”
May the road rise to meet you.
May the wind be always at your back.
May the sun shine warm upon your face.
May the rains fall upon your fields.
And until we meet again,
May God hold you in the palm of His hand.