Passed away last week at Sunnybrook Veterans’ Hospital after a lengthy struggle with Alzheimer’s. Born and raised in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, Willard later moved to Toronto, where he settled and raised his family. In his life he had been a farm hand, a factory worker, a writer, a World War II veteran, trade unionist, mature university student, school teacher and school librarian. He is survived by his loving wife Celia, son Brian, daughter Bonnie Wilson, and grandsons Thomas and Jonathan Wilson. He will be cherished in their memory as a peaceful and compassionate man, insightful and idealistic, with a gentle sense of humour and keen interest in politics and the arts, especially literature and poetry. He enjoyed music of all kinds – classical, jazz, folk, pop – and was frequently humming a tune. His children in particular owe to him their love of literature, music, and the world of ideas. His rich and inspiring life was commemorated in a private service.
Heartfelt thanks to the dedicated staff at K3 Sunnybrook Veterans’ Hospital for their years of care and support. In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to the Alzheimer Society of Canada.
-- Obituary, Globe & Mail