Walter John (Jack) Warner
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1925 - 2013
Dad passed on January 16, at the Broadview Centennial Lodge at the age of 87 years. He was the first of five sons (Dennis, Lorne (Mac), George, and Gilbert) born to Clare and Mathilda Warner (née: Turner), at their home in the Fletwode District near Kennedy, Saskatchewan.
Growing up during the depression era was something Dad fondly recalled. He would often reminisce about the community spirit of the day and how that and his passion for sports, the church, and gatherings largely shaped his life.
Following his high school graduation Dad joined the RCAF and was assigned to an Air Bomber Wing at Winnipeg. Prior to his Wing's departure for England the war ended and he was ordered home where he worked as an equipment operator. (He remained an avid member and supporter of the Royal Canadian Legion throughout his life).
Dad met Mom (Martha Ekert) from the community of Poplar Grove near Wapella and following their marriage in 1950 they began farming in the Fletwode Community. Their four children (Glenna, Michael, Jack and Cindy) were born between 1952 and 1959.
After twenty two years of farming Mom and Dad sold the farm and moved to Kennedy where they operated the local Hotel for four years. Following the sale of the business Dad was sporadically retired and they lived respectively at Carlyle and Moosomin. During that time he dabbled at various jobs ranging from operating equipment to being a self employed wood cutter.
During this period of semi retirement Dad fulfilled a lifelong ambition to once again take to the air. In 1978 he obtained a private pilot's license and purchased a Cessna Aircraft. Flying became a passion which he enjoyed beyond measure.
In 2009 Mom and Dad moved to the Broadview House Care home then Dad was moved to the Centennial Lodge where he spent the balance of his days. In spite of his infirmity Dad maintained his positive outlook and keen interest in family and friends.
He will be remembered by his family as a wonderful father and a great mentor who instilled in his family compassion and respect. He will be remembered by his friends as loyal and ever willing to help.
Dad is survived by Mom, his children, many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
We would like to thank the Broadview House and Centennial Lodge staff for the care provided to Dad. He often remarked how both facilities had become his home and how well treated he was by the staff of each.
In keeping with Dad's wishes he will be cremated and interred at the Herman United Church Cemetery (Fletwode) in the spring of this year. An announcement of the date will be published at a later time.
If friends wish, donations in Dad's memory can be made to the Fletwode Herman United Church, c/o Irvin Markle, Box 10, Kennedy SK, S0G 2R0.
Published in The Regina Leader-Post on Jan. 18, 2013