White Rock’s Ian Moore Wilson, pictured with his wife of 53 years, Valerie, was among victims of last Thursday’s terror attacks in Spain. (Contributed photo)

Death of B.C. man in Barcelona terror attack ‘leaves immense void’

Ian Moore Wilson was with wife of 53 years when van plowed through crowd in Barcelona

The Canadian killed in last week’s terror attacks in Barcelona was a “compassionate, generous, adventurous” White Rock father.

Vancouver Police Department Staff Sgt. Fiona Wilson, the daughter of Ian Moore Wilson, confirmed in a statement Friday that her father was one of 14 people killed Thursday when a van plowed into crowds of pedestrians on the popular Las Ramblas thoroughfare.

More than 120 people were injured in the attack. Others who died reportedly hailed from Italy, the U.S., Spain, France and Belgium.

RELATED: Spanish police shoot man wearing possible bomb belt

A second, similar incident eight hours later in the seaside resort of Cambrils left one dead.

In Friday’s statement, the staff sergeant – a White Rock mother featured in Peace Arch News in February 2008, after her report on how the mental health system is failing Vancouver’s mentally ill and draining police resources, Lost in Transition, was released – said her family is doing what her dad would want them to: focusing on “the extraordinary acts of human kindness that our family has experienced over the past several days.”

She commended many, including complete strangers who didn’t hesitate to try to help her dad and others in the aftermath of the attack.

“From our policing colleagues and friends at the Vancouver Police Department and the RCMP, who have been unwavering in their love and support; to Albert, who threw a family member on the back of his scooter to rush him to the hospital after tragedy struck; to the Air Canada employee who offered up a personal discount pass to make emergency flights more affordable; to the people who assisted my dad in his final moments, and those who focused on my mum’s urgent medical attention and aftercare; and to the Catalonian first responders who put their lives at risk for the safety of others.”

Ian Moore Wilson was in Spain with his wife of 53 years, Valerie – who was featured in PAN in 2011, in connection with her efforts to organize a pair of bridge tournaments to raise funds to help Kent Street Activity Centre members who qualified to compete in the BC Seniors Games with the associated costs of attending.

In her statement, Fiona Wilson said her father was “always game for a lively debate, a good book, exploring new places and a proper-sized pint.”

“My dad’s passing leaves an immense void in our tight-knit family. He was desperately loved by us all and will be dearly missed.”

Monday morning, news outlets were reporting that Spanish police had shot and killed the main suspect in Thursday’s attack, described as a 22-year-old Moroccan national.

Just Posted

Sooke’s under-14 girls squad ready for playoff tests

Sooke team has perfect record so far

Sooke’s Santa Run joined with Otter Point to fill the food bank

Dozens of volunteers took to the streets to gather food and cash donations

Saanich swimmer has ribs removed, posts them on social media

Jill Yoneda makes light of rare surgery for ‘slipping rib syndrome’

Transplant caregiver starts website for financial, mental health support

Beth Campbell-Duke started Transplant Rouges after her husband’s double lung transplant

Victoria ranked as one of B.C.’s worst cities to work in

High living costs and low average incomes drop Victoria from the top 10

Lawyer for Chinese exec detained by Canada says it’s ‘inconceivable’ she would flee

Meng Wanzhou was detained at the request of the U.S. during a layover at the Vancouver airport

Federal government plans examination of coerced sterilization

The Liberals have been pressed for a rapid response to recent reports on the sterilizations

Huitema, Cornelius named 2018 Canadian Youth International Players of the Year

Huitema was captain of Canada’s fourth-place team at this year’s FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup

Canada not slowing emissions from oil and gas: environmental groups

New report released at the United Nations climate talks in Poland

Liberal Party moves Trudeau fundraiser from military base

The fundraiser is scheduled for Dec. 19, with tickets costing up to $400

Pipeline protesters arrested at B.C. university

Three protesters were arrested after TRU property allegedly vandalized with red paint

Goodale to ‘examine’ transfer of Rafferty to medium-security prison

Michael Rafferty was sentenced to life in prison in 2012 in the kidnapping, sexual assault and first-degree murder of Tori Stafford

‘Abhorrent’ condition of autistic B.C. boy shows flaws in care system: report

‘Charlie’ was underweight and ‘covered in feces’ when he was removed from his mom’s care

Minister appoints former CIRB chair to resolve Canada Post labour dispute

Postal workers engaged in weeks of rotating walkouts

Most Read