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Graydon Wilkinson

Graydon Wilkinson

Saturday, August 3rd, 1946 - Saturday, March 21st, 2020
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Obituary

Graydon Wilkinson passed away peacefully in the early hours of March 21, 2020 in the arms of his beloved wife, Susan May Ruddell. Born in Toronto on August 3, 1946, to Ada (Culshaw) and Cyril Wilkinson (both predeceased), Graydon was raised alongside his younger brother, Brian (predeceased) in Scarborough before he relocated to Guelph in 1976 where
he proudly worked as a Tool & Die Maker-Machinist for Imperial Tobaccofrom 1977 until his retirement. Graydon was an amazing husband, a wonderful father and grandfather, and a treasured friend. He was also the master of fishing, a ski slope explorer, and one of the best karaoke singers in town. Graydon fought back against his lung cancer diagnosis with the ultimate weapon: love. Graydon turned to his love and proposed to her and the couple were married in front of their family and friends this past December. Though their time together was not long, they made plans for the months and years ahead which perfectly matched up to his optimistic outlook on life and the belief that it was to be lived to the fullest.Graydon was the ultimate role model to his sons who not only loved their father deeply but have done their best to make him as proud of them as they are of him. He wasn’t just their dad, but also one of their best friends. He was unflinchingly loyal, supportive, and loving though always willing to give them a virtual cuff on the ear if they needed it. Graydon created a legacy of love. In addition to his wife, Sue, he is survived by his sons Graydon Jr. (Tammy) and Brian (Catherine), and his grandchildren Regan, Serena (Chevy), Devon, Owen, and Nora. Additionally, he leaves behind his stepchildren Louisa (Stephen), and Patrick, his nieces Lori (André), Christina, Emma, and Sarah (Jon), his sister-in-law, Barbara, his dear friend, Edith, his Mitchell nieces and nephews, and his best friends Leo and Joan.

The family wishes to sincerely thank Dr. Mario Valdes and the amazing team at Grand River Cancer Center for their unwavering efforts, care andcompassion these past 18 months.

Though there will be a service and gathering, it will be at a later date to ensure the good health and safety for all who wish to attend. Please contact Gilbert MacIntyre & Son Funeral Home, Dublin Chapel, 252 Dublin St. N., Guelph 519-822-4731 or visit online at www.gilbetmacintyreandson.com for more information.
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Stephen & Donna Mitchell

Posted at 09:06am
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Stephen Mitchell

Posted at 09:01am
Graydon Jr. and Brian

When I learned of Uncle Graydon’s passing I felt very sad, but as I thought of what to write about him, my head and heart filled with only happy memories.

It was always a good time hanging out with the Wilkinson family. I have many fond memories of down hill skiing, fishing, comic book / transformer shopping (Brian, I am sure you still have them) at the flee market and just hanging out during my teens at your home in Guelph. Uncle Graydon always made you feel welcome as he would put a smile on your face his jokes and kidded around.

Not sure if it was Uncle Graydon or Aunt Edith that had the idea, but it was really cool when I became Stephen Wilkinson, at least that is what it said on the ski pass for Chicopee, so I could use the family discount. AWESOME, thing to do as I loved to ski and spend time with my cousin (good friend) Graydon Jr.. I can’t say which one of them really taught me to ski as both were pretty good at it, but after the Virginia trip where Uncle Graydon skied into a tree and broke his leg, I listened a lot more to Graydon Jr.. (LOL).

He will be very much missed but never forgotten.

Our deepest sympathy and prayers go out to you guys at this time sorrow.

Stephen, Donna, Connor (Toni) and Tyler Mitchell.
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Bruce Starkey

Posted at 08:40pm
We are so very sorry to hear Graydon has passed. Working alongside him in the Wadroom for years was indeed a privilege. His wry wit and congeniality made those work years the best of them all. Our hearts go out to Sue in sympathy but must also thank her for becoming Graydon's soulmate and her stalwart support of Graydon throughout this ordeal.
Bruce and Sandra Starkey

Matt Valeriote

Posted at 09:06pm
To the Wilkinson family..Our sincerest condolences. We were so very lucky to have been a part of Graydons life! He was a good man with a very generous and good heart. We will cherish our memories of Graydon! Take care
Matt, Anissa, Mia, Brady and Joseph
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Rikki

Posted at 11:51am
My sincere condolences to his wife and family.
I will remember his smile and his enjoyment of playing Pickleball. Such a nice man.
Rikki Durbin - GWSA pickleball player

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