J. (James) Kerr Wilson. Baritone, choir director, born Winnipeg, of Irish parents, 9 May 1917; died there 11 Jun 2006. He studied voice with Stanley Hoban and Winona Lightcap in Winnipeg and later with Ernesto Vinci
in Toronto. He was soloist and choir director at Crescent Fort Rouge United Church in the late 1940s and at St James United Church 1953-1980, and was soloist at the First Church of Christ Scientist 1980-85; he also gave many joint recitals with his wife, Thelma
, throughout Manitoba and performed regularly on CBC radio's 'Cross-Canada Matinee' in the 1950s and 'The Happy Land' 1948-53. He can be heard on the album The Manitoba Golden Boy
(1971, Lon EBX-4161) with the Mitchell Parks Orchestra. In 1959 he was invited by the lieutenant-governor of Manitoba to sing at Government House, Winnipeg, for Queen Elizabeth II.
See also Carlisle Wilson and Eric Wilson (his sons), and Kerrine Wilson (his daughter).