Posted by: Jody Glynn Patrick | 12/03/2014

Our Children: Lindsay Margaret Wilson

“Grieving hearts can only be touched by other grieving hearts … sharing pain and mingling tears.

This Legacy Page is dedicated to our children. To submit memories, poems, stories, facts and/or photographs, email me at jgp@glynnpatrick.com with the phrase “Our Children Page” as the subject line.

Lindsay

Lindsay

Lindsay Margaret Wilson (1986-2013), Aged 26

Lindsay was an accomplished, kind and compassionate young woman who had devoted her education and her life to the care of vulnerable people, especially those with intellectual or developmental disabilities such as autism or Down syndrome.  She developed a vocation and passion for this work when her elementary school teacher asked her at the age of 8 to be a “reading buddy” for a child with special needs.

Lindsay herself was diagnosed at the age of 16 with mild cerebral palsy, which explained some of the early medical and learning difficulties she had experienced earlier in her life.  She worked hard to overcome these and some family issues early in her childhood, as well as the suicide of her closest college friend in 2007.  She earned a two-year community college diploma and at the time of her death, had completed all of the requirements for a four-year Bachelor of Arts (Honours) degree in Child and Family Studies.  She had been planning to enroll in a Master of Social Work program this year.

Lindsay was murdered by her ex-boyfriend on a sunny spring day in April, 2013 just two weeks before she was due to complete her graduating semester.  He planned her murder, stalking her and surprising her with a shotgun outside the home where she was renting a room while at university, just as she was packing up her car to come home for the weekend.  He then took his own life at the scene.

Her family and the university have established a memorial scholarship in Lindsay’s name which will be awarded annually to a student demonstrating the same kind of values, compassion, and advocacy for people with developmental or intellectual disabilities that Lindsay lived every day of her life. The first scholarship will be awarded in November, 2014.  Her coworkers raised the money to install a bench with a beautifully-worded plaque in a beautiful local conservation park where she used to love to accompany her clients on walks or in their wheelchairs.

Lindsay Flying at LastLindsay loved to drive, learn, write, take photos of her friends and family, enjoy the sunshine and the beach, and have adventures.  She even fulfilled her dreams of flying an airplane, and of visiting Florence, Italy.  She deeply loved children, and wanted to have several.  More than anyone in the world, she loved her Mum, her Dad, her brother Andrew and her dog Ethan, whom we are sure is now by her side protecting her faithfully.

A favorite poem of Lindsay’s:

[i carry your heart with me(i carry it in]

By E. E. Cummings

i carry your heart with me(i carry it in my heart)i am never without it

(anywhere i go you go,my dear;and whatever is done by only me is your doing,my darling)

i fear no fate(for you are my fate,my sweet)i want no world(for beautiful you are my world,my true)

and it’s you are whatever a moon has always meant and whatever a sun will always sing is you

here is the deepest secret nobody knows (here is the root of the root and the bud of the bud

and the sky of the sky of a tree called life;which grows higher than soul can hope or mind can hide)

and this is the wonder that’s keeping the stars apart. i carry your heart(i carry it in my heart)


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