Wilfred Ryerson Coulson of Sparwood, B.C., formerly of Atikokan, Ont., entered into rest on Tuesday, Oct. 21, 1997 at the Cranbrook Regional Hospital. He was 88 years of age.
Wilf leaves to mourn his passing, his loving wife Lorna; four sons, Clayton Coulson (Marilyn) of Provo, Utah; Larry Coulson of Sparwood; Gerald Coulson of Trail, B.C. and Doug Coulson (Lynda) of Castlegar, B.C.; three daughters and sons-in-law, Shelva, (Ray) Seguin of Wycliff, B.C., Karen (David) Kannegeiser of Thunder Bay, Ont., and Sandra (Ron) Cenerini of Atikokan, Ont.; one son-in-law, Wally Davidson, also of Atikokan; his sisters-in-law, Belle Coulson of Fort Frances, Ont., and Gladys Coulson of Rodney, Ont.,; twenty-two grandchildren; twenty-six great grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by his parents, Harry and Anna Coulson; two sisters, Nellie and Edith; two brothers, Gordon and Raymond, and his daughter Linda Davidson.
Wilf was born in LaVallee, on Nov. 26, 1908. On Oct. 17, 1934 he married Lorna Lilian Leveridge in Fort Frances, Ont. Their sixty-three year union was blessed with eight children and many beautiful memories. They began farming in Burriss, Ontario and later Wilf worked on the dredge for the Steep Rock Iron Mine in Atikokan until its closure. Prior to his retirement in 1975 he was employed as a maintenance man for the Atikokan Hospital, settling in Sparwood in 1983.
He enjoyed wildlife and gardening, and was particularly proud of the tomatoes he produced this summer. Wilf was a loving family man who has left a precious legacy for his many grandchildren and great grandchildren to treasure. He will be deeply missed.
Visitation was held on Friday, Oct. 24, 1997 at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. Funeral services followed at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 25 with Bishop Bill Forrest officiating.
Pallbearers were Wilf's grandchildren, Darryl Seguin, Peter Nelson, Ryan Coulson, Sean Coulson, Aaron Coulson, and Mark Coulson. Words of remembrance were spoken by his son, Clayton, his daughter, Shelva, and his granddaughter, Heather Burton.
Wilf was laid to rest at the Rivercrest Cemetery. Arrangements entrusted to Cherished Memories Funeral Services.