Doris Evelyn (McCallum) Wilson UE


WILSON UE, Doris Evelyn (McCallum) - December 19, 1913-January 22, 2010 - At Parkview Meadows Retirement Village in Townsend in her 97th year.  Doris was born in Dorchester Ontario and raised there and in Bloomsburg.  She was a graduate of Simcoe High School and Hamilton Normal School.  Doris was a longtime resident of Waterford, moving there after her marriage in 1933.  She was predeceased by her husband, Donald R. Wilson and her parents, Lorne and Evelyn (Robinson) McCallum. 


Doris was the dearest mother of Marilyn (Laurie) Branch, Joy (Hugh) Burtch, Linda (Alf) Mitchell, and Ted (Cyndy Wardrope).  Dearly loved grandmother of Bob (Irene) Branch, Jeff (Brenda) Branch, Becky (Rick) Leclerc, Judi (Joel) Barr, and Jill (Gary) Winch.  She was loved and loving great- grandmother to Emma and Tressa Branch, Nicki and Ryan Branch, Culver and Wilson Leclerc, Brittany and Hailey Barr and Carly, Brooklynn and Davis Winch.  She will also be lovingly missed by extended family Sue (Tony) Hawko, Rhianna, Ashleen, Amanda, Lee and Connor.  Her family is her greatest legacy and she was so proud of each one. 


Doris was a teacher and school librarian for many years.  She was actively involved in the community with membership and leadership roles in Women's Institute, Waterford, and Townsend Historical Society, Norfolk County Branch of the Ontario Genealogical Society of Ontario, Spruce Row Museum, Eva Brook Donly Museum and the Grand River Branch of the United Empire Loyalists' Association of Canada.  She was made Honourary Vice President of that organization in recognition of her many years of dedication.  Her contributions to the Waterford Public Library and the two museums in artifacts and research were well appreciated. 


As a teacher, Doris made history interesting for her students through her ability to make stories of “long ago times“ relative to the children.  Her story about “Trees“ (of Waterford) was an example of this and the book she later wrote told the tale of early settlement in Norfolk County through the eyes of a little girl in the days of the American Revolution.  Her keen interest in local history made her a remarkable resource for individuals and organization. 


Doris enjoyed family camping and, after her retirement, she travelled the world where she made a point of learning the culture of that country.  These insights were shared with family and friends.  Doris was recipient of the prestigious Ontario “Senior Achievement award“ in recognition of her accomplishments, one of these being author of her book “Sarah's Diary“.  The award was presented to her by the Lieutenant Governor of Ontario. 


Friends may call at the THOMPSON-MOTT FUNERAL HOME, Waterford, Monday 2-4 & 7-9pm.  Funeral Service will be held Tuesday in the chapel at 1:30 pm. Rev. John Cruikshank officiating. Interment Greenwood Cemetery.  Heartfelt thanks are extended to staff at “Gardenview“ for their loving and gentle care, and to Theresa Bakker whose ministering brought such amazing comfort to Doris and her family.  Donations to the Old Town Hall Association or Spruce Row Museum.  Pall Bearers at the request of Doris are Bob Branch, Jeff Branch, Rick Leclerc, Joel Barr, Gary Winch and Tony Hawko.

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   Doris, a member of the UELAC since 1979, passed away on 22 January 2010.  She was one of the earliest members of the Grand River Branch and served as its President from 1985 to 1987.   As well, she served as the Assistant Branch Genealogist at many meetings of Council and at most Conferences.

    She participated in dozens of Loyalist displays and information events of the Grand River Branch UELAC.   Until very recently, when health and age held her back, Doris had always attended the Conferences and Annual Meetings of the Association.   These included Conferences in Waterloo 1982; the Maritimes (200th Anniversary) in 1983; Vancouver; Halifax; Winnipeg; Ottawa;  Quebec; Kingston; Cornwall; Niagara Falls; Edmonton; Waterloo (2002); Winnipeg and Peterborough.

    She is the author of "Sarah's Diary", 2002, the diary of a young girl of a Loyalist family making their trek from the United States to Upper Canada.   The proceeds of this chronicle have benefited both the Grand River Branch and the Association.

    In 2004, Doris received the Province of Ontario's Senior Achievement Award. That same year, Doris was made Honorary Vice-President of the Grand River Branch UELAC at its 30th Anniversary celebration.

    Doris E Wilson, a retired elementary school teacher, spent much of her life documenting her own family history as well as much local history. She prepared the documentation for certificates for her four children Marilyn Branch, Joy Burtch, Linda Mitchell and Edward (Ted) Wilson; her five grandchildren and her eleven great grandchildren, and renewed the memberships for each of these people annually.    She served on the Board of Spruce Row Museum and the Waterford Public Library, where much of her work is housed and available to local history researchers.   Numerous people have been assisted in their research and documentation through her efforts and expertise.

    Within the past year, while unable to physically get around easily, she continued to assist others in their research and encouraged anyone she felts might have had a grain of Loyalist ancestry to become documented.   When she learned that the individual who had long clipped the local newspaper obituaries had passed away, she immediately got on the telephone to say she'd carry on if someone could get the papers to her.   She has been one of our Association’s most highly respected members.

    Visitation is at the Thompson-Mott Funeral Home, Waterford, ON on Monday, Jan 25th from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m.   The funeral service will be on Tuesday, Jan. 26th at 1:30 p.m. in the funeral home chapel.




C. William Terry UE, UELAC President 2000-2002