In memory of

Wilson Lawrence Verheyen

October 19, 1987 -  August 30, 2022

It is with profound sadness that Wilson’s parents, Marianne and Wil Verheyen in Toronto, and his sister Amanda in New York, announce his passing on August 30, 2022, in Toronto. Our much beloved son and brother has left us after living with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy his whole life. Wilson also leaves behind aunts, uncles and cousins, most of them living in the Netherlands. Despite his disability, Wilson was strong; perhaps the strongest person we have known. He never lost the drive to pursue his goals with enthusiasm, courage and perseverance. However, a recent COVID-19 diagnosis left him weak and suffering from intolerable pain, which was too much in the end.

Wilson was an alumnus of the IB program at the York School and an alumnus of York University where he studied graphic design and music. Against many odds, and with what limited physical strength he had, he learned to play the guitar with a special interest in flamenco. Music became Wilson’s joy and his life line. During his four years at York University, he was a member of the York University Guitar Ensemble and continued to compose and produce his own music upon graduation. As his legacy, he has left us with three beautiful albums of his own guitar music (Solace, 2011, Shorelines, 2017, and Horizons, 2021). His two most recent albums can be heard on Apple Music, Bandcamp, Spotify and YouTube.

We are deeply saddened by Wilson’s passing and will miss him forever.

A visitation will be held at the Mount Pleasant Funeral Centre (375 Mount Pleasant Road, Toronto) at 5 p.m. on Thursday, September 1, followed by a service at 6 p.m. The actual burial service will be private.

Donations in Wilson’s memory may be made to Muscular Dystrophy Canada (MDC), Parent Project Muscular Dystrophy (PPMD) in the U.S., and Duchenne Parent Project Netherlands (DPP NL).


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Lisa Coretti (Friend)

Entered August 30, 2022

My heartfelt sympathy, my thoughts are with you and your family during this difficult time.

Janet Neilson 

Entered August 30, 2022 from Toronto

Wilson was so very strong not only because of his fiercely determined nature but also because of his beautifully strong family; they were always there for him for every challenging step he ever took along the path of his life. Sending special thoughts out to every heart so saddened by his passing

Antoinette & Theo Bark 

Entered August 30, 2022 from Kuala Lumpur/Hilversum

Lieve Marianne en Wil,

Jullie beiden verdienen meer dan een tribute zoals jullie Wilson hebben begeleid en verzorgd in al die jaren. Echter nu is er een afscheid en dat zal niet makkelijk zijn want Wilson was het middelpunt van jullie dagelijkse leven.
Wij wensen jullie heel veel sterkte in de komende tijd. De vele herinneringen - en zijn muziek - bljven gelukkig in jullie bezit.

Onze innige deelneming en tot een spoedig ziens

Antoinette & Theo

Frisci & Ernest (Friends)

Entered August 31, 2022 from Switzerland

Dear Marianne ! Dear Wil ! Dear Amanda !
Our heartiest condolences with the huge loss of your dear son and brother Wilson.
He has impressed us as a courageous young man who overcame all difficulties of his physical limitations with his positive outlook on life, his dedication to knowledge and music and care for his loved ones.
We wish you as parents and sister strength during the hours and days of the coming weeks ! We hope thoroughly that the many works and memories he will have left to you may give you consolation in the longer time. May he rest in peace: a Dieu Wilson
Your friends Frisci and Ernest

Ellie Liemberg (Friend of Wilson's mother)

Entered August 31, 2022 from Amsterdam

A great loss, but a privilege to have known Wilson. His spirit, his humour, his love for the guitar, the music he composed and played: a great gift


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