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Williston, Ray Gillis, 1914-2006

  • Person
  • 1914-2006

Ray Gillis Williston was born 17 January 1914 in Victoria to Hubert Haines Williston and Islay McCalman. Williston attended the Provincial Normal School and in 1934 began teaching in Salmon Arm. During World War II he served in the Royal Canadian Air Force. From 1945 to 1953 he worked as a school principal and was the school inspector for the Prince George/Peace River area.

In 1953 Williston ran in the provincial election for the Social Credit Party in Prince George, winning his seat. As part of W.A.C. Bennett’s government, Willison served as Minister of Education from 1954 to 1956, and later as Minister of Lands, Forests and Water Resources from 1956 to 1972. He was defeated in the 1972 election. During his time in office he acted as the provincial representative for the 1961 Columbia River Treaty, and played a part in the Two Rivers Policy. Following his political career he worked as general manager of the New Brunswick Forest Authority, president of British Columbia Cellulose Company, and as a consultant for the Canadian International Development Agency and the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization. He died 7 December 2006 at age 91. Williston Lake is named after him.

In 1939 Willison married Gladys Edna McInnes (1912-1984). The couple had three children: Hubert, Dianne, and Sandra. Following Gladys’s death he married Eileen Thumm (19xx-1996).

Wills, Henry Archibald, 1892-1988

  • Person
  • 1892-1988

Henry Archibald Wills was born in Victoria, British Columbia on 11 September 1892. His parents, Frank Henry Wills (1864-1953) and Sarah Ann Porter (1861-1946) were born in England and emigrated to Canada in 1887 and 1890, respectively. Frank Wills was a carpenter and built many houses in Victoria, including his own family’s which was located in the Spring Ridge area of the Fernwood neighbourhood. Archie attended Spring Ridge School and Victoria High School.

Upon seeing an advertisement for an editorial room office boy at the Victoria Daily Times, Archie immediately decided he wanted to be a newspaperman, and left school to do so at age fifteen. Within a few months he had begun to write short pieces for the Times. In 1910 he was made Marine Editor for the paper, a position he held for five years until he enlisted for World War I. Archie embarked upon a round-the-world trip in 1913 but only went as far as Toronto, where he met Lydia Mary Knapp, a successful amateur singer. He returned for a visit in 1914 and they were engaged. Unable to join an aerial corps (he had a life-long interest in aviation), Archie joined the 62nd Battery, Canadian Forces Artillery, the right section of which was absorbed by the 58th Howitzer Battery in 1917. He trained at Fort MacAulay, Petawawa, and Witley (England) and then saw sixteen months of action in France, rising through the ranks from Gunner to Bombardier, Corporal and Sergeant. During the war, Archie established “The O-Pip” (The Observation Post) paper with Gordon A. Cameron and J. M. Mitch Inglis. Lydia and Archie married on 3 September 1919. They had three children, Kenneth (b. 1922), Eileen (b. 1924), and Dorothy (b. 1928).

When he returned to Victoria and the Times in 1919 Archie was assigned the police beat. Other assignments followed: he was Sports Editor from 1920-27, City Editor from 1928 to 1936, and Managing Editor from 1936 until his retirement from the Times in 1951. During his career at the Times he also served Victoria in a number of public offices: as police commissioner for two years, Chairman of Fire Wardens for seven years, a Director of the Chamber of Commerce for twelve years, a member of the War Board for the duration of WWII, and an alderman on City Council for ten years (1934-44), the last three of which he was Acting Mayor of Victoria. Archie was a charter member of the Victoria Gyro Club, a member of the Multiple Sclerosis Society, and a member of the Royal Canadian Legion. He was connected with the YM-YWCA throughout his life and was a lifelong member of the congregation of the Metropolitan United Church (earlier the Metropolitan Methodist Church).

After 1951 Archie continued to sell stories and act as Victoria correspondent of the Seattle Times. He continued to write for the Victoria Times and the Daily Colonist until the early 1980s. In 1951 on retirement from the Times he began a career in public relations, including work for the Victoria Milk Distributors Association. He assisted with local labour adjudications, and, along with Lester Patrick, revived the Victoria Cougars hockey franchise. Archie was Managing Secretary of the Victoria Downtown Business Association when it formed in 1953, and he worked with the Association until 1969. He retired from public relations in 1969, the year of his and Lydia’s golden wedding anniversary. He continued to write, travel, and spend time with his by then extensive family. Lydia died in 1985. Archie died 5 April 1988 in Victoria, aged 95.

Wilson, Colin, 1931-2013

  • Person
  • 1931-2013

Colin Henry Wilson (born June 26, 1931 in Leicester) is a prolific British writer. He first came to prominence as a philosopher and has since written widely on true crime, mysticism, fiction and other topics.

Wilson, Eric, 1940-

  • Person
  • 1940-

Eric Wilson is the bestselling author of 23 mysteries for young people and one adult novel. He was born in Ottawa in 1940 but has lived most of his life in Nelson and Victoria, B.C. His father was an RCMP officer. He received a B.A. in Education from U.B.C. and taught elementary school in White Rock from 1963 to 1985 when he became a full-time writer.

Wise, Jack Marlowe, 1928-1996

  • Person
  • 1928-1996

Jack Marlowe Wise was born 27 April 1928 in Centerville, Iowa to Ralph Marlowe Wise and Zarilda Jane Morris. Wise attended the New Orleans School of Fine Arts in 1949, earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Washington University in 1953, and a Master of Science in Arts from Florida State University in 1955. Wise married Mary Beatrice Winfield Hubbard in 1969 and they had three children: Jonathon Marlowe, Maria Zarilda, and Tomas Winfield. He spent his last years on Denman Island with partner Marilyn Hausman. Wise died 20 November 1996 in Victoria

Wise’s work from the 1950s consisted primarily of paintings in the abstract expressionist style. Wise met Anglo-Canadian artist and lifelong friend Toni Onley (1928-2004) while living and teaching textile art in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, from 1958 to 1961. After returning to the United States, Wise became dissatisfied with his art production and immigrated to British Columbia in 1963, where he spent several years farming in the province’s interior. After a brief period of no artistic output, he embraced a fine brushwork technique and a miniaturist style, his subject matter shifting towards microcosmic mandala patterns and calligraphic fields. Wise’s first solo Canadian exhibit was with the New Design Gallery in Vancouver in 1965. He traveled to India on a Canada Council Fellowship to study Tibetan art in 1966, and, beginning in the early 1970s, studied calligraphy with Chinese artist Lin Chien-Shih. Wise, along with Lin Chien-Shih, Emily Carr, and Mark Tobey, is identified with the Pacific Northwest School of Abstract Calligraphic Painting, which combined American abstract expressionism with Asian calligraphic tradition and Buddhist philosophy. Wise is also linked to the West Coast Surrealists, or Hermetics, who included Gary Lee-Nova, Gregg Simpson and Ed Varney. The art establishment associated these schools with the psychedelic era and experimentation of the 1960s, and initially overlooked the intellectual and philosophical richness of Wise’s work. Although Wise was most obviously influenced by Asian traditions, his art is cited as having a cross cultural significance resulting from his strong interest in Jungian psychology and its central belief in the universal collective unconscious.

Wise exhibited regularly from the 1960s to the early 1990s. Major exhibitions included: Bau-Xi Gallery, Vancouver (1967, 1970, 1972, 1975); Commonwealth Institute Art Gallery, London, and Richard Demarco Gallery, Edinburgh (1969); Mendel Gallery, Saskatoon, and Polly Friedlander Gallery, Seattle (1971); Wells Gallery, Ottawa (1976); “Jack Wise: A Decade of Work” (a cross-Canada touring exhibit 1977-1978); Ken Heffle Gallery, Vancouver (1980); Kyle’s Gallery, Victoria (1981); Winchester Galleries, Victoria (1984); and “Karma of the Dragon: The Art of Jack Wise,” Art Gallery of Greater Victoria (1999). Wise also helped establish and develop the foundation programmes for the Victoria College of Art and the Metchosin International Summer School of the Arts, on Vancouver Island. In the 1980s, Wise taught at Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design in Vancouver and was artist-in-residence at the University of Calgary. His work is represented in many public, private and corporate collections, including the Scottish Arts Council, Canada Council Art Bank, the Victoria Art Gallery, the University of Victoria’s Maltwood Gallery, and the Smithsonian Institution.

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