November 13, 1937 – May 4, 2021
After a life full of love, kindness and adventure, Wally passed away quietly on May 4, 2021 in Parksville, British Columbia with his loving wife, Dale, by his side.
Left to cherish Wally’s memories are his wife of 33 years, Dale (nee Shea), son Brian, daughter Barbara, grandsons Justin, Casey and Cameron, Dale’s four children, Brent, Katherine, Nadine, Celene and their families, and three brothers George, Bliss, David and their families.
Wally was predeceased by his grandson Sam, father George and mother Dorthea (nee Bliss).
Wally was born in Prince Albert, Saskatchewan on November 13, 1937. He attended elementary school in Prairie River and graduated from high school in Central Butte, Saskatchewan. Following high school, he studied engineering and business at Mount Royal College in Calgary, Alberta.
Wally started his working career as a Department Manager at the Hudson Bay Company in Red Deer and then in Calgary. He joined the Calgary Real Estate Board in 1972 and very quickly realized that his passion was Farm, Ranch and Acreage sales.
After furthering his education at Olds College, he moved to Bragg Creek in 1975 and began a highly successful and rewarding career in real estate. Wally loved Bragg Creek and during his years there his entrepreneurial spirit flourished, filling various business needs in the community.
Wally gave generously of his time and talent to the community. He was a member of the “Elkana Hold-Up Gang”. He supported the Calgary Stampede annually and one year was awarded first prize in the Stampede Parade for his horse-drawn float.
Wally had a passion for sports all his life. He excelled in sports in high school and college, particularly as a pitcher for various school and league baseball teams. He loved animals and spent many hours on his old steed, Custer, hunting and trail riding in the high country with his buddies.
Both fishing and playing golf were favourite pastimes in his retirement. Wally was a Calgary Flames season ticket holder for many years and remained a lifetime fan.
Wally was a fabulous cook and wonderful host. Laughter and light-hearted fun were his specialties. His last years were divided between Parksville in the summer and Lamar, Texas in the winter. He called his friends in Lamar his “Texas family”.
Wally loved life and people. He lived life to the fullest and will be sorely missed by family and friends.
The family wishes to thank Dr. C. Sulz and the staff of Arrowsmith Lodge for their compassionate and loving care.
Rest in peace Wally.
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