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May 21, 2024

In Loving Memory ~

With regret we must announce the passing of John "Grainger" Wilson, loving husband of Susan Wilson on 21 May 2024 in Revelstoke, following a prolonged battle with Multiple Sclerosis.

Grainger was born in 1953 in Grand Prairie Alberta. But he was most proud of having spent his childhood in Winnipeg on Brock Street: a place that remained dear to him his whole life. Grainger's family moved around until he left home and met Susan in Donald BC. Susan and Grainger started their family in Nelson BC and settled in Revelstoke BC in 1985.

Grainger was a devoted father, mentor, and member of the B.C. Public Service, where he served in the capacity of a Bridge Area Manager for 35 years until his retirement in 2007. Grainger was proud of his work for the public, and responsible for many landmarks around Revelstoke, including the Holdich tunnel, the replacement of the Greeley Bridge collapse, and his greatest achievement the Donald Bridge.

A lifelong historian, Grainger was known for his sharp intellect, devotion to duty, as well as his calm and very considered guidance. And, it didn't matter what task Grainger took on, he always delivered exceptional quality and always maintained a great working relationship with contractors and other ministry employees. Grainger was a rare breed of severely ethical public servants: his fixation with being trustworthy and accountable made him a special soul.

Grainger is survived by his wife Susan Wilson, plus sons Keith (Catherine Pendrel), and Geoffrey (Chantal) Wilson. Grainger's true pride was in his grandchildren: Ava, Ivo, Evelyn, and Dara, for whom he had endless love and energy.

Grainger loved his family and was always eager to lend a hand with some tools, kind words, or wise advice, even if it was just a Werther's candy to make a tough day a little easier. Grainger's generosity was so great and came from such a truly genuine place in his soul, that he inspired all those close to him that there is hope for us all.

He will be dearly missed.

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