Peacefully in his home with family around him on Wednesday, August 5, 2020 in
his 100th year.
Loving Husband of the late Ivy (nee Doggett). Son of the late Arthur and Lydia (Hill) Wilding. Brother of the late May Stone (late Jim), late Alex Wilding (late Alice), late John Wilding (late Toots, late Isabel), late Maude Mellon (late Pat, late Walter Darlow), late Wesley Wilding (late Sylvia), late Marion Hotchkiss (late Hoy), and the late Lydia Yeaman (late Kirk). Brother-in-law of the late Frank Goodship (late Olive, late Margaret), late Horace “Charlie” Goodship (late Evelyn), late Leopold Doggett (late Shirley, late Lorraine), late Vera Taylor (late Stan “Jack”), and the late Sylvia Wilding (late Wesley).
Beloved Father of the late Norman Clair Doggett (Nadine), Terrance Thomas Wilding (Susan), Randall “Brent” Wilding (Lori), Danni Wayne Wilding (Vicky), Deborah Lynn Wilding, and Nancy Maria Margaret Croft (Warren). Proud Grandpa of the late Christopher, Cherie (Dan), Norman, Clint, Jane, Nicole (Dan), Christopher (Lara), Karen (David), Jennifer (Ryan), Kenny (Kelly), Michael (Kristin), Wade (Michaela), Mark (Stephanie), Kyle, Danielle, Tyler (Tania), and Jesse (Nicole). Great Grandpa of 21 and Great Great Grandpa of 1. Thomas will be missed by many nieces, nephews, cousins, friends and clientele of his many farm products.
Thomas was born at home into a pioneer family in Korah Township, growing up hauling coke and clearing logs from bush lots with his Brothers. The Wildings had a large homestead farm located on Second Line where he acquired his love of gardening and farming. Thomas was called to action for the Canadian Army during World War II. He married his beloved Wife, Ivy in 1947 and they bought their own farm on Goulais Avenue in 1948, where they raised their 6 children. They grew a large vegetable garden and proudly supplied grocery stores with fresh produce. Thomas also cared for numerous livestock and cut and baled hay and grain to supply other livestock owners for over 70 years.
He was a member of the Independent Order of Oddfellows for over 30 years, raising funds for medical equipment for the local hospitals. Thomas worked as a General Foreman at Algoma Steel in the 25 inch Mill for over 42 years. Thomas passed on the values of honesty, hard work and integrity, as well as a love of the outdoors to his children, Grandchildren and Great Grandchildren.
Friends are invited to visit at the Arthur Funeral Home – Barton & Kiteley Chapel (492 Wellington St. E. 705-759-2522) on Wednesday, August 12, 2020 from 6 pm to 9 pm (maximum of 40, masks are required). Please go to www.funeraweb.com and select Thomas’s name to view the service on Thursday, August 13, 2020 at 10 am. Mrs. Helen Smith officiating. Interment at West Korah Cemetery.
Memorial contributions to the Sault Area Hospital Foundation, Heart & Stroke Foundation, Willowgrove United Church or the charity of your choice would be greatly appreciated.
Please visit Arthur Funeral Home website obituaries to leave memories and condolences as a keepsake for the family.