Our History

 

Our founder Ed Wilson

 

Prior to moving to Oshawa, and opening Wilson Furniture, Ed Wilson was a herbalist at Dr. Thuna’s shop on the Danforth in Toronto.

Ed Wilson as a young boy standing beside his father at their furniture shop on the Junction, in Toronto.

Ed Wilson believed that quality furniture did not have to be expensive. His customers agreed. Today Ed’s grandsons Darryl and Jory Sherman carry on the family tradition and philosophy. Wilson’s Church St. store was originally a roller skating rink. The new 17,000 sq foot showroom stands in the original location.

A Family Tradition Since 1934

2nd Generation owners Bob and Helen (Wilson) Sherman circa 1970’s

Founder Ed Wilson helps to demolish the old store

Ed Wilson, community leader, athlete, and friend to many new arrivals to Oshawa helping them furnish their homes affordably.

Ed with grandson Darryl now 3rd generation owner of Wilson’s, demolishing their old store.

Inside Wilson Furniture circa 1940’s

Groundbreaking new showroom. Ed, Helen, Bob and Mayor Allan Pilkey

We will rock you! Darryl, Helen, Bob and Jory outside their old store, 1985.

We’ve come a long way, baby! Our original store and original location on Church St.(now Centre St.)

Wilson’ Galleries, on the corner of Bond and Centre St. Helen and Bob purchased this rooming house and converted it to a showroom in 1967.

Wilson Furniture circa 1970’s.

Generation 1

Ed Wilson, Founder of Wilson’s Furniture in a late 1940’s photo proudly welcomes visitor’s to his exhibit at the Oshawa Fair


PHOTO: Wilson Furniture 1944
From the Thomas Bouckley Collection of Historical Photographs, The

Robert McLaughlin Gallery, Oshawas

Generation 2

Helen and Bob Sherman in front of Wilson Furniture celebrating Wilson’s 50th Anniversary., 1984

Generation 3

Helen and Bob Sherman cut the ribbon at the opening of the Leather Store. Jory (far left) and Darryl (far right) are the proud 3rd generation owners of Wilson Furniture, 1999.

Since 1934 – 3 Generations and Growing

Shopping for Bargains was always fun at Wilson’s

Ed Wilson knew that his customers wanted extra value. The lineups for special sales were amazing!

 

Wilson Furniture and the Sherman family make it an anniversary
to remember for UOIT students
September 30, 2009

Wilson Furniture Attends UOIT Donor Wall Unveiling

On June 20, 2012, Wilson Furniture was invited to the UOIT Donor Wall Unveiling. Attending was Jory Sherman (L) Darryl Sherman (M) and Darryl’s wife Louise Parkes (R).

In 2003, Wilson’s created the first endowment at the new University in honour of the 50th Anniversary of Helen and Bob Sherman. The family has always encouraged and supported furthering education, community service and leadership.

This Endowment provides an ongoing scholarship bursary for first year Students of the the Faculty of Business at UOIT.

The senior Shermans were the 2nd generation owners of Wilson Furniture. Today Jory and Darryl carry on the 3rd generation Wilson Furniture tradition .

Louise Parkes was also honoured as she created her own endowment in memory of her late mother Marjory F Parkes.

 

 

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