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ANTIFAEV, Walter James
Walter was born to James and Molly Antifaev on March 22, 1930 on a farm near Arran, SK. In the summer of 1935, James and his family moved to an acreage a mile from Arran. Walter started school in Arran in 1937 and continued until 1940 when the family made another move to a farm near Pelly, SK.
Walter enrolled at Racing Lake School in 1940. Walter completed his schooling at Racing Lake and Pelly. Walter was always interested in railroading and especially stations and morse telegraphy. In 1950 he enrolled in a school of telegraphy and railroad operations in Vancouver, BC, and completed the course in 1951. He started his railroad career in Yorkton, SK, as towerman-leverman and proceeded to work at various places relieving station agents, telegraph operators, operator cashiers at many points such as Roblin, MB, Grandview, MB, Kelvington, SK, Hudson Bay, SK, and also spent one summer and into late fall on the Churchill Line north of The Pas and as far as Churchill, MB. Walter married Katie Zarubin in December of 1957, and they settled in Norquay where they built a house and a home, and where their three wonderful daughters were born. Brenda Ellen was born on September 28, 1958, Delores Jane on September 4, 1959 and Molly Anne was born on September 2, 1963. In September of 1967 Walter bid on an agency at Carragana, SK where they spent 5 years. In 1972 he bid on Elrose, SK and moved in October. The girls all completed high school at Elrose and then each went for their secondary education.
In 1981 after the girls were off on their own, Walter and Katie made one more move to Saskatoon where they bought a house and Walter went to work at SY office until his retirement.
Walter felt the greatest treasure he acquired during his career are the friends that he made throughout his travels on his job and the CN Pensioners organization that was formed, and continued to be active enjoying monthly socials, entertainment, fellowship, golfing and bowling.
He also belonged to the Saskatoon Chapter of MTC, an international morse club that dedicated itself to demonstration of the morse telegraph and teaching both children and adults about the roll telegraph played in the early part of the 20th century. Demonstrations were regularly held at the Western Development Museum and Walter often participated in them.
The friends that he made in Saskatoon and the fellow workers that Walter met while working at various places also ended up retiring in Saskatoon which made retirement so much more pleasurable. Going on tours and cruises with a large group of CN friends was the icing on the cake.
Walter was predeceased by his mother in 1960, his father in 1974, and brother-in-law George Zarubin in 2010. He is survived by: his wife Katie; daughters Brenda (Donald) McDonald of Elrose, SK, Delores (Kim) Hartman also of Elrose, SK, and Molly (Roger) Miller of Landis, SK; grandchildren Chad McDonald, Saskatoon, Layne (MacKenzie) McDonald, Warman, Sheldon McDonald, Elrose, Terri Hartman (Stephen Sweet), Martensville, Linden Hartman, Elrose, Stephanie (Rene) Laverdiere, Landis, Elissa Miller (Sheldon Hodge) Hague and Keira Miller of Landis. He was also blessed with five great-grandchildren, Jade, Lex, Grace Laverdiere, of Landis; Caden McDonald of High Prairie, and Jaxon Hodge of Hague. Walter is also survived by a sister Florence (Allan) Paluck, brother-in-law Allen Zarubin, and numerous nieces and nephews.
The Memorial Service for Walter will be held on Friday May 4, 2012 at 1:00 p.m. at Acadia-McKague's Funeral Centre (915 Acadia Drive) with Rev. Deb Walker officiating. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Palliative Care Unit at St. Paul's Hospital (1702 20th St. W., Saskatoon, SK S7M0Z9). Condolences for the family may be left by visiting Arrangements are in care of Acadia- McKague's Funeral Centre 955-1600.


Published in The Saskatoon StarPhoenix on May 3, 2012
Molly Antifaev & Walter at 3 years of age Walter & brother-in-law Allan Paluck Walter James Antifaev
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