Wilf and Hilda Tuck
Let us introduce you to Mr. and Mrs. Yukon for 2013. In the early 1960s, Wilf Tuck usually ate his meals at the Chateau Mayo. It just so happened the cook there was Hilda Dawson. While it took him a bit of time, eventually Wilf proposed to Hilda and she accepted. The two then married and made their home in Mayo where they raised their daughter, Diana.
Born in Fort Selkirk, Hilda was raised by her father, George, hereditary Chief of the Ta’an Kwach’an First Nation, and her mother, Rachel, of Tutchone and Tlingit ancestors. After her time as a cook, Hilda went back to school and then dedicated 20 years working at J.V. Clark School, in Mayo. “Miss Tuck” — as she was affectionately called — made an impression on her students. Upon her retirement they presented her with a binder filled with notes and fond farewells.
An avid athlete all her life, Hilda remains active by skiing, snowshoeing, and biking. Since 2004, she has travelled to Manitoba, New Brunswick, Ontario, and Nova Scotia to compete in carpet bowling and floor shuffleboard for Team Yukon in the Senior Games.
As for Wilf, it was a job offer with Klippert’s Transfer in Mayo that brought him to the Yukon from Edmonton. He went on to operate Wilf’s Contracting, specializing in road construction, mining development and exploration, equipment leasing, and furnace repair. The business has been around for 52 years, which is a testament to Wilf’s hard-working and dedicated spirit to always get the job done.
Wilf too enjoys staying active and the pair share a love for curling. Both are volunteers with the Mayo Curling Club and have participated in bonspiels across the territory. Wilf represented the Yukon at the men’s territorial championships in 1978, and Hilda on the senior women’s team in 1982.
Wilf and Hilda keep busy in Mayo supporting many events, getting involved in their community, and enjoying the company of their grandchildren.