November 30, 2018
Born: Winnipegosis, MB 1928 Died: Qualicum Beach, BC 2018
With his wife Hope, at his side (as she had been since their marriage in 1953) Walter passed away on 30 November, 2018 due to a combination of health issues.
Walter grew up in Fork River, MB, where his father ran a Red and White store. He was predeceased by four of his six siblings and his parents. Walter joined two of his brothers working for the Canadian National Railway out of Dauphin, MB. Railway work was a part of much of the rest of his life, his last position taking him to Peace River, AB, from which he retired in the 1980s. During his time in Dauphin, he met nurse Hope Yacentiuk and they were married there by Walter’s uncle. They had one child, Marianne (husband Graham).
On retirement, Walter and Hope moved to Vancouver Island, settling in Comox, BC for almost 30 years. They enjoyed life there, making many friends and learning coastal gardening (including fruit trees) and how to cohabit with the deer living in their area. Walter obtained a licence to go salmon fishing. With his brother-in-law, he had a grand time learning this new kind of fishing. With the help of his in-laws, both he and Hope became adept at canning the salmon he caught. Walter also had a great interest in lapidary, collecting the rocks to make jewelry. He also was an accomplished leather worker making belts, wallets and many beautiful things.
In the last few years, both Walter and Hope developed various health issues which meant a move to a care situation. In January 2018, they moved to Qualicum Manor in Qualicum Beach, BC, where they received warm care and were able to stay together. Hope is still living at the Manor. As he wished, Walter has been cremated and will be interred later this year in Manitoba.
Walter was a kind and generous man, loved by all who were fortunate enough to know him.
In memory of Walter, the family requests that donations be directed to either the Crohn’s and Colitis Association of Canada or your local animal shelter. Comments and condolences can be sent to the following email address: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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