WILTON, Robert Charles - It is with deep sorrow that we announce the peaceful passing of Robert Charles Wilton on September 7, 2019, in his home surrounded by his loving family after courageous battle with Cancer at the age of 73.
Bob was born in 1946 and grew up in Leaside where he spent his days with his lifelong friends and playing hockey at Leaside Memorial Arena.
He attended Ryerson earning his degree in Business Administration which was the base of his successful business career. He started his company modestly only looking to make sure his family had ‘food and shelter’, but what he eventually founded was the most well-known landscape management company in Canada.
He is survived by his loving wife Maggie, devoted sons Todd (Loreal), Jason (Megan) and Ryan (Alicia) his five beautiful grandchildren, Lyla, Royal, Linkoln, Abby, and Charlie, his loving sister, Louise Chalmers, his brother-in-law, John (Diana), Patrick (Janet), his devoted sister-in-law Kathleen (aka Special K) as well as many other loving nieces, nephews, and cousins which all held a special place in his heart. He was proceeded in death by his parents, Wilma and George.
Bob was a mentor, teacher, friend and visionary. He was integral in the growth of the landscape industry in and his involvement in trade organizations made him exceptionally respected in his field, earning multiple lifetime achievement awards at the end of his career. Bob was well known for taking the time to learn about people, teaching them and he would spend hours sharing his knowledge and experience with anyone who requested it. He was involved heavily in many charitable organizations namely the Dr. Tom Pashby Sports Safety Fund and the Markham Stouffville Hospital Foundation.
Bob had a passion for nature, loved his Corvettes, trips to Florida, and golfing however, his most pronounced passion was his family. Bob was an exceptional husband, father, ‘Grampy’, brother, uncle and role model. He valued more than anything time with his family, especially his five beautiful grand children around the pool in his backyard during the summertime.
A special thank you to Dr Andrew Patterson and our special angels, Maria, Shayla, and Sue. You were here for Bob in his final years, and the absolute marvelous care you’ve brought to Bob in his final months made all the difference to him and our family. We couldn’t have gone through this without you, and he knew every moment that he was in the best of care.
Family and friends are welcomed to join in celebrating his life at a visitation on Friday, September 13th at 5:00pm – 9:00pm at Chapel Ridge Funeral Home, Markham.
In memory of Bob, donations to the Evergreen Hospice Markham – Dr. Andrew Patterson & Team would be greatly appreciated.