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Wilson DillonDr. W. Wilson Dillon died peacefully at home on Sunday, January 29th, 2012 amongst his family. Wilson is survived by his wife, Kate, children, Simone, Desmond and grandchildren Laura and Lorenzo.

Dr. Wilson Dillon

Wilson grew up in N. Ireland and graduated from Queens University in Belfast.  He arrived in Canada in the fifties where he met his wife. They began to raise a family in Toronto when he decided to study medicine a UWO in London, Ontario. After specialising in Psychiatry the family moved to Vancouver where he established a successful practice.   

When a small group of freethinkers got together in Vancouver, Wilson was one of the first to consider the formation of a Humanist Association. Following a somewhat informal arrangement for a couple of years, the group became registered as a non-profit society in 1984; Wilson signed the original articles of incorporation.

The name was changed to the British Columbia Humanist Association about 1990. Wilson served on its executive board off and on over a period of ten years. He also gave some lecture-presentations on various topics of interest to humanists, including an illustrated one detailing a trip he and Kate had made to the Galapagos Islands.

Many people will remember his kind and caring treatment which stemmed from his belief in Humanism which was an important part of his life. One of his favourite sayings was by H.D. Thoreau, "If a man doesn't keep pace with his companions perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music he hears." At this time the family is not prepared for a memorial service, but will consider one at a future date.

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