Wilfred Dilay

Wilfred John Dilay

Thursday, June 30th, 1949 - Tuesday, March 23rd, 2021
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DILAY: Wilfred John, age 71 years, passed away on Tuesday, March 23, 2021 in Brandon. Wilf was born on June 30, 1949 in The Pas, Manitoba: the middle child of three boys and two loving parents. As a youngster, Wilf enjoyed the outdoors and liked to explore the nearby Canadian National Railway "shops", which was probably the start of his life-long interest in trains. Growing up in The Pas was a topic that Wilf loved to talk about. Simple things in life, like "playing catch" with his younger brother, and then later on with his son and daughter brought much enjoyment. A sharp intellect and curiousity about understanding the world around him aided his excellence in school and he earned degrees in Honours Chemistry and Pharmacy from the University of Manitoba. Always at the top of his class throughout his schooling and University, Wilf earned many awards and scholarships for his excellence in education, including the University of Manitoba Gold Medal in Pharmacy and the Manitoba Pharmaceutical Association Gold Medal in Pharmacy. He truly had a brilliant mind. Wilf loved his work on the Canadian National Railway in the summers while he was a university student and would often reflect on his enjoyment of this work throughout his life. Upon completion of university, Wilf worked at St. Boniface Hospital and Brandon General Hospital as a Pharmacist. Wilf was a very determined and strong-willed person who pursued things that mattered to him with unwavering effort. He had a subtle sense of humour, and the wink of his eye was a sure sign that he was just kidding you. Wilf had a wide variety of interests. An insatiable desire to learn continued into his later life adding to his desire to keep up on current events. Wilf was a very easy person to talk with and a good listener. He loved sports, especially hockey (Habs), football (Cowboys), baseball (Jays) and golf. Wilf loved his family and was a proud grandfather. He will be lovingly remembered by his three children: Lisa (Jason) Glutek, Leanne (Brent) Kyle, and Dustin Dilay, and their mother Maxine Dilay; four grandchildren: Matthew, Sofia, Luke and Ella; and two brothers: Don (Sue) Dilay and Gary Dilay. Wilf was predeceased by his parents John and Helen Dilay. A private Celebration of Wilf’s Life was held April 1, 2021 and he was laid to rest at the Brandon Cemetery. Donations in memory of Wilf may be made to The War Amps of Canada, 1 Maybrook Drive, Scarborough, ON M1V 5K9 or the University of Manitoba Bursary Fund, 200-137 Innovation Drive, Winnipeg, MB R3T 6B6.
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Elaine Stanley

Posted at 10:13am
Lisa, Leanne and Dustin. So Sorry to hear of the loss of your dad. My condolences to you and your families.

Ann & Gerald

Posted at 05:20pm
Lisa, Leanne & Dustin- Sorry for the loss of your Dad. Our prayers and thoughts are with you at his difficult time. Ann & Gerald Barnes

Elizabeth (Betsy) May

Posted at 04:07pm
Dear Lisa, Leanne & Dustin,
My deepest condolences on the loss of your father.
Wilf was my quiet, kind and gentle-natured cousin. I have many memories of our childhood growing up together in The Pas. We always celebrated Christmas together...Mom & Aunt Helen would prepare wonderful Ukrainian dishes. As kids, every summer we'd board the train and travel to Garland to visit with our grandparents. Those were such fun times with Don, Wilf and Gary. In later years, I moved west and lost touch with Wilf, but Aunt Helen kept me informed of your family on my annual visits to Dauphin. She'd proudly show me your photos and speak of your dad. Now, he can rest in peace, free of pain. He will always be remembered.
Betsy May Calgary, AB

Lorraine Soshycki

Posted at 02:58pm
To Wilf's family:
I have many memories of Wilf, my cousin. We grew up together in The Pas and many good times were shared with Don, Wilf & Gary. He was always so studious, friendly and caring. I also had the good fortune of seeing him often while he was a patient at the Health Sciences Centre 40-45 years ago as I worked there and would visit with him often. He was often in pain, but never complained and always seemed more interested in my life than speaking of his many health troubles. I remember fondly of him meeting Maxine, which brought much joy to his life, and I was able to be at their wedding. After Wilf moved to Brandon I did not see him often, but do remember going to his house in Brandon when his children were young, and visiting with him a few times in The Pas when he and his family were traveling to Flin Flon. The visits with Wilf were always so enjoyable and I regret that I lost touch with him in later years, but have many wonderful memories of our times together. May he rest in peace now, free from pain, but knowing that he will be missed.
Lorraine Soshycki (cousin)

Linda Boyko

Posted at 12:00pm
I was saddened to hear about Wilf’s passing. I will always remember him for his kind heart and gentle nature. My thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time.

Linda Boyko

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