Carly Wilson

Carly Wilson

Tuesday, September 7th, 1993 Sunday, December 1st, 2019

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Obituary for Carly Ember Wilson

Carly Ember Wilson, aged 26, passed away peacefully on December 1, 2019 in Vancouver, British Columbia. She was a kind, compassionate, lovely, creative, intelligent soul who had a keen sense of humour and left a lasting memory with all who met her. She had many good friends and she was a beloved daughter, sister, granddaughter, niece and cousin.

Carly's brother, Dylan, adored his baby sister right from the beginning. She grew into an adventurous, active toddler and at a young age, we recognized that she had an ear for music. Many years of piano lessons and recitals followed. She also loved to sing and in her younger years, competed in singing competitions, talent shows and school productions. In addition to music, she loved to be silly, laugh and take the stage. As she grew into adulthood, she continued to pursue her dream of a career in acting, taking acting lessons and securing an agent. She also was an excellent writer and had a gifted ability to put words on paper.

Independent and courageous, Carly was determined to explore university options in BC and settled on moving from Ontario to complete a Bachelor of Communication Studies Program at Capilano University. She was rewarded for her efforts with a 4.0 GPA and received multiple academic achievement awards along the way.

When she was recently asked about what makes her feel good, she said, "being with those I love, helping people, nature and being creative". She was most at ease walking the trails around the seawall in Vancouver or climbing Quarry Rock in Deep Cove. She also loved to travel and took many international trips, including many countries throughout Europe, as well as Australia and the United States. Perhaps her most awe-inspiring trip was the trip she took with her dad when they climbed to Mount Everest base camp. Her dad returned from the trip noting that Carly exhibited an inspirational enthusiasm and a sense of serenity as she scaled the mountain.

Carly is a light in all of our lives. She was a sweet young woman who left us far too soon. If tears could bring her back, she would be beside us right now. The vivid memories of Carly are barely holding us together, but they will be the glue we need to continue on. We love her dearly.

The outpouring of love and support from family and friends will always be remembered.

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Hannah macleod

I haven’t been able to find the words to write in tribute to you Carly. My best friend my soul sister. I will forever be in awe by your grace and beauty. Your gentle nature and caring heart, your creativity and kindness. You will forever have a place in my heart. I have been missing your words of wisdom and exchange of memories together. I will always carry those memories with me and your gentle light. I think about you every day and how grateful I am to have met you. This life has not and will not be the same without you. Lots of love to the Wilson family.
Comment | Posted at 07:58pm via Condolence


Thank you, Hannah, for sharing such a wonderful tribute in memory of Carly. It warms my heart to know that she will always have a place in your heart.
Posted at 12:30am

Dylan Wilson

What can I say about a sister as wonderful as Carly? Carly was always kind and thoughtful and put the needs of other people before herself. I was proud to be her brother. Her accomplishment of getting her university degree makes me so proud of her. I wanted to show her how proud I was, but never got that chance. Love forever and always... Dylan.
Comment | Posted at 10:33am via Condolence

Caitlin Ellison

Carly was such a special, beautiful person. She was creative and hilarious and kind. I had the honour of working with Carly in Stratford and she really made an imprint on my heart. I am so beyond sorry for your loss. My heart breaks for all who knew her and for all who never got the chance to meet her. She was truly one of a kind. Sending all my love to those who knew her.
Comment | Posted at 10:34am via Condolence

Donna Racine-Wilson

Dear Caitlin: Thank you so much for the beautiful post about Carly. Yes...we are forever changed by the passing of our beautiful daughter and will miss her dearly for the rest of our days.
Posted at 05:34pm

Charles Campbell

In the 10 years that I've taught at Capilano University, I've met a few students who really stand out. Carly was one in a thousand. Kind, thoughtful, talented, funny, and with a common-sense maturity that belied her age. I shed a few tears when I heard that she'd died, and it has taken me a while to process her untimely departure. But I would be most remiss if I did not express to her family how much I enjoyed having her as a student, and what a pleasure it was to read her excellent work and help her find ways to make it better. Carly's parents and siblings and friends could not help but know that she was a special person. My heart goes out to all of them, but especially to Carly's parents. The loss of a child is the toughest grief, especially when they had as much to offer as Carly did. I hope you can find a way through that grief to be proud of the person you helped to create, because she in turn made all our days a little better.
Comment | Posted at 05:36pm via Condolence

Donna Racine-Wilson

Dear Charles: Thank you sincerely for the kind post about Carly and your enjoyment of having her as a student in one of your classes. She worked so hard to complete her studies at Capilano and now we display her degree proudly in our home. We are heartbroken over losing her and will honour her memory forever.
Posted at 05:44pm

Jon Pappas

Carly was one of the most warm, loving, smart, funny and welcoming people I have ever met. We traveled to different cities together and created some of the fondest memories I will always remember and cherish. Her beautiful spirit will always be near and dear to me. My thoughts and prayers go out to all of her family and friends.
Comment | Posted at 07:15pm via Condolence

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