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Eva Gertrude Wilson

December 16, 1927 - June 13, 2014
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“Seeing is believing.” For many, those words simply represent a motto. But for Eva Gertrude Wilson, it summarized in every way who she was. She was modest, quiet and observant, taking in everything around her and always thinking before acting. She was a realist, someone who was efficient and practical in everything she did. She was a friendly person who truly cared about those around her. Eva was born on December 16, 1927 at Henderson Hospital in Hamilton, Ontario. She was the daughter of Hilda and Leonard. Raised on the Hamilton Mountain, she was brought up to be tolerant and trustworthy. As a child, she learned to be conscientious, responsible and punctual. These were all traits that she would carry with her throughout her life. As a young girl, Eva was always aware of how others around her felt and this quality served her well. With a deep capacity to tolerate the feelings of others, Eva was generally able to avoid conflicts. It seemed as if Eva was the family member who was always working to keep stress at bay. Preferring a quiet environment where she could concentrate, Eva also had the ability to relate well with her family and friends. Eva was raised with one sibling, a younger sister Phyllis. Eva was constantly involved in activities with her family. Eva and Phyllis had the typical rivalries while growing up but they deeply cared for each other and shared many life experiences over the years. Most folks would say that Eva was shy until they got to know her....
“Seeing is believing.” For many, those words simply represent a motto. But for Eva Gertrude Wilson, it summarized in every way who she was. She was modest, quiet and observant, taking in everything around her and always thinking before acting. She was a realist, someone who was efficient and practical in everything she did. She was a friendly person who truly cared about those around her.

Eva was born on December 16, 1927 at Henderson Hospital in Hamilton, Ontario. She was the daughter of Hilda and Leonard. Raised on the Hamilton Mountain, she was brought up to be tolerant and trustworthy. As a child, she learned to be conscientious, responsible and punctual. These were all traits that she would carry with her throughout her life.

As a young girl, Eva was always aware of how others around her felt and this quality served her well. With a deep capacity to tolerate the feelings of others, Eva was generally able to avoid conflicts. It seemed as if Eva was the family member who was always working to keep stress at bay. Preferring a quiet environment where she could concentrate, Eva also had the ability to relate well with her family and friends. Eva was raised with one sibling, a younger sister Phyllis. Eva was constantly involved in activities with her family. Eva and Phyllis had the typical rivalries while growing up but they deeply cared for each other and shared many life experiences over the years.

Most folks would say that Eva was shy until they got to know her. Those who were privileged to know her well learned that she was a solid, good friend. Eva was reluctant to generalize about people, and she based her friendships on her personal experiences. Because of this, Eva best trusted those people that she truly knew. She was concerned about how those around her felt, and she always seemed to uncover the positive side of people. She could relate to others and had the ability to see their point of view, to “walk a mile in their shoes,” as the saying goes. The friends that she made, Eva kept. Later in life, she became friends with Mary, Margaret, Caroline, Mary Lou and Wes.

Love can’t be defined but must be experienced. That was so true for Eva. On November 13, 1948 Eva married John Wilson at Livingston United Church in Hamilton, Ontario. She was totally committed to Jack and maintained traditional ideals about marriage. It was as if Eva naturally sensed her spouse’s needs, and accepted those feelings unconditionally. Although Eva disliked conflict, she did not take flight from discord, but rather sought to preserve harmony even during the most trying times.

Eva was a good mother to her children. She had “old fashioned” parental values and could handle typical family conflicts in a fair and calm manner. Because she trusted emotions, Eva was reluctant to force issues and used gentle persuasion to resolve situations. In this way she seemed to radiate an aura of warmth and caring to those around her, always thinking before acting. In addition, Eva was a master planner. No matter how hectic life around her might be, she seemed to know and track everyone’s schedule. Eva was blessed with five children, twosons, Michael, Paul, Chris and two daughters Jo-Anne and Barbara. She was also blessed with six grandchildren, Andrew, Ben, Christian, Emma, Sarah and Calista.

If you gave Eva a deadline, she would meet it. At work, Eva was always on task. Without hesitation, Eva could adhere to any assignment and see it through to its completion. Her primary occupation was a homemaker. During that time, Eva excelled in working with small groups in order to complete assignments. She was able to quickly grasp concrete ideas and could organize and plan the best way to accomplish things with remarkable consistency. Eva was good at staying on track and was considerate in listening to what others had to say. In this way, Eva had a true gift for being able to come up with practical resolutions to difficult problems. She was often the team member who managed to put forth a win/win solution for all parties.

Eva liked to experience things first hand, in addition to simply learning about them. This quality influenced Eva's choice of leisure time activities. A methodical and patient worker, Eva preferred to set aside uninterrupted time to work on her hobbies. Her favorite pursuits were bowling, bingo, the casino, knitting and sewing. Eva was content to sit quietly alone, enjoying her hobbies all by herself and could often be found just reading about her favorite pastimes.

While thorough and measured in her approach to things, Eva often liked to physically do things rather than just think about them. She was like that with sports. Recreational sports included bowling. She also enjoyed the statistical data and the facts behind the sports. In this way, she was something of a sports fan and enjoyed watching her favorite teams whenever she got the opportunity. Tops on her list were tennis, golf and hockey.
Anyone who traveled or went on vacation with Eva had smooth sailing. It was often taken for granted that she was the trip planner. She would start early and examine all of the possibilities, selecting the best and most effective options. Favorite vacations included travel of any kind, especially the Caribbean Island and Mexico.

Eva was as loyal to her pets as they were to her. She had several dogs and cats over the years – Spooky, Tina, Riley and Davey.

Eva passed away on June 13, 2014 at St. Joseph's Hospital in Hamilton Ontario from complications due to hip replacement surgery. She is survived by her children Michael, Paul, Jo-Anne, Barbara, Christopher and grandchildren Andrew, Ben, Christian, Emma, Sarah and Calista.

It is said that some people can’t see the forest for the trees. Eva was able to focus on each individual tree, tending to its needs, thus making the forest stronger as a whole. Eva was a trustworthy, pragmatic and sympathetic person, the kind of woman to whom everyone was drawn. She was thorough and practical. Eva Wilson was very literal with her words. You always knew where you stood with Eva. She will be missed.



HANGING OUT WITH NANA

If grandmothering was a pro sport, Nana would’ve been elected to the hall of fame.
If it was a line of business, she’d be the benchmark.
If grandmothering was a science, she was pretty much Einstein.

She was everything you could ask for in a grandmother, and more.

She was at every game, every tournament, and every rock show, and every graduation.

She was a huge part of each one of her grandchildren’s lives.

I was lucky to spend a lot of time with Nana throughout my life.

When I was young she babysat me and made me toast with peanut butter whenever I wanted.

Growing up we were always at the arena together. She was always well equipped with toonies and loonies in order to satisfy my endless desire for chocolate bars and fooseball games.

When I was older and the skates were hung up, we spent a lot of time in the family room either watching tv, or playing xbox. She never played but she was completely content just watching me run around shooting things. She’d cheer when a I killed a guy and sigh in despair when I died.

Me and my brothers would have all our friends in and out of the house during the summers and everyone called her Nana. She just seemed to fit in.

She was pretty cool and she could definitely hang. She was the first in the family to get an Ipad. First thing she wanted me to do was teach her how to buy the Killers new album off of itunes.

She loved watching sports on tv as well. At first, it seemed to me that she had a soft spot for the underdogs. Because she hated all the best players, like Roger Federer, Tiger Woods, and even Sidney Crosby. But then we realized that it she based it solely on how attractive the thought they were.. Raphael Nadel, Adam Scott, and Mark Messier were more her taste.

Oh wow, …he’s “Nice”, she say.. And now I know why Men’s swimming was her fav Olympic event.

Apart from all the love and support Nana gave her grandchildren, and the good times we had, she was also a crazy good baker. She was a good cook, but phenomenal at baking cookies and pies, and cakes. Luckily I won’t miss that so much though since she passed those skills down to my mom.

And Mom make sure u pass it on too. Ben, go and get yourself an apron.

Nana was the easiest person on earth to get a laugh from, she was always so cheerful, and that’s what I’ll miss the most. Just hanging out.

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"So sorry for your loss Barb, may your memories be a comfort to you and the boys in the days ahead. Wayne and Gwen Orr" Wayne Orr (Kingston, ON)

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