WALKER, William (Bill)
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WWII RCAF Veteran
1921 - 2012
Pointe Claire lost one of its best-known life-long citizens on Saturday, November 10th, and a large family bid a sad adieu to a man who was a compelling, inspiring and influential figure through trials and triumphs spanning four generations. And a long life it was. Bill Walker-husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather – celebrated his 91st birthday on October 22 as best a man could while battling end-stage cancer. He was as courageous at the end of his life as he was in his early years when he flew supply and troop planes in Asia as an RCAF pilot in World War II, taking a bullet in the leg on one mission. Bill met his cherished Vi (Feeny) at Cedar Park Elementary School. They became childhood sweethearts and married just as he was issued his "wings". After the war, Bill built the home he and Vi would share for the next 61 years and in which they would raise 6 children. He was "Grampy" to his 17 grandchildren and 7 great- grandchildren and from him young minds absorbed a powerful sense of family. Bill had a passion for politics and a quick wit. He spent many evenings in animated debate with family at the dining room table, peppering his comments on provincial and national affairs with mild epithets. He was just as passionate about sports. He coached his sons' hockey teams and for many years was a regular presence at the Pointe Claire Arena, a trail of smoke rising from the ever-present stogie to form a grey cloud beneath the peak of his baseball cap. Bill touched many lives in many ways. But the life he touched most tenderly was that of Vi. For 69 years they were Mr. and Mrs. Walker. Vi will miss her "darling". Bill is also survived by his children: Bill (Anita French) of Jacksonville, FL., David (Judy Morin) of Kimberley, BC., Bob (Norah Litchfield) of Dorval, Debbie (Len Cocolicchio) of Calgary, AB, Kim of Burlington, ON., and Susan (Tony Dobesch) of Pointe Claire, and by his sister Muriel Peters (Jim Peters) of Pointe Claire. The family will receive friends at Collins Clark MacGillivray White - 222 Autoroute 20 Pointe Claire, from 6-9 p.m. on Monday, December 10th. A memorial service will be held on December 11th at 11a.m. followed by a private burial at the National Field of Honour in Pointe Claire. Special appreciation to the staff and compassionate caregivers at the Sunrise of Beaconsfield and to Mary Ellen at the West Island Palliative Care Residence. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation in Bill's memory to the West Island Palliative Care Residence.
Published in The Gazette from Nov. 16 to Nov. 17, 2012