By Duncan Macdonald & Amber Mackay
For this edition, we’re going to take a break from our standard process and instead we’re going to do a tribute to our good friend and long-time member, Taddese Wilson, who recently passed away.
Some memories from Duncan: “I always thought it was funny how whenever we did a project together, we would have to take turns asking each other “What?” Taddese was also an excellent challenger to play Poker and Rummikub with. It was entertaining how he would always put the Rummikub tiles in reverse order on the table. Also, Taddese constantly wore his sunglasses even inside. He, also, loved checking lockers for the CD Unit. “
Some memories from Amber: “Taddese and I started Alliance House around the same time which was over 10 years ago. He came to the Clubhouse literally every day unless he was in the hospital. Taddese liked to use his training as an engineer to help the Clubhouse out. He was very good at math, so naturally we would encourage him to tutor students and also to work on completing our statistics. He overcame a lot of physical health problems by determining to change his lifestyle. When he first started he smoked but he worked hard to overcome that habit and for the last eight or so years of his life he didn’t smoke. He also told us one day that he was diagnosed with diabetes but he didn’t want to have to take insulin so he chose to implement a regular diet and exercise plan to keep his diabetes in check. Taddese was a very private person and didn’t share a lot about himself with us but he never had a problem with trying to learn about others and become their friends. He did a great job of welcoming new members into the Clubhouse and befriending them so they would feel comfortable. It has been very strange to not see him every day and to be greeted by his beautiful smile. We will miss him at Alliance House and are lucky to have been able to share a piece of his life with him.”