Brother pays tribute to his 'true Islander' twin
“The only thing he worried about was leaving me.”
Those are the poignant words of 86-year-old Patrick Donald
Wilson who has paid tribute to his twin, Donald Patrick Wilson, who
passed away last week.
Born and raised Islanders, the brothers would be best known for
their dedication to Holy Trinity Church in Sheerness.
Don married his wife Janet there in October 1952.
When he left school, he worked as a postman in the town before
following Pat into the Merchant Navy, serving all around the world
for 25 years.
They returned to Sheppey and both worked for Customs and Excise
at Sheerness Docks, which they did until they retired in their
The pair have always been heavily involved with the church, but
after Janet died 12 years ago, Don took up the role of sacristan
Don, who lived in St George’s Avenue, Sheerness, had only one
kidney after an operation that went wrong some years ago.
About a year ago, he was diagnosed with kidney cancer and more
recently had other health problems.
He was taken into Medway Maritime Hospital less than two weeks
before his death and although he had been due to come home, he
became unwell again and passed away at 12.30pm on Wednesday with
his son Michael and Pat by his side.
Pat, of Broadway, Sheerness, said: “The day before he passed
away, the doctor came to see him and he said ‘I haven’t had a bad
life, I’ve lived 86 years and have been everywhere and done
everything, but I don’t want to be pulled around anymore’.
“He said to me he couldn’t put up with more of this.
“Don had a good life and was happy for that – the only thing he
worried about was leaving me.
“He was a true Islander and a very patriotic man – he was so
dedicated to the church.
“He was very well loved and I will miss him.”
Pat praised the nurses at the hospital who he said were so
caring for his brother and were marvellous.
He also thanked all the well wishers since his twin’s
“They have all been so lovely – you realise what true friendship
is,” he added.
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