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July 25, 1928 – June 5, 2012
It is with great sadness that we announce the death of Walter Badowsky at his residence at Parkridge Centre on Tuesday, June 5, 2012. He is survived by daughter, Barb (Don) Shepherd of Saskatoon; son, Cary (Catherine LeBlanc) Badowsky of Oakville, ON; Barb and Don's children, Laura, Kelly and Brad of Saskatoon; Cary and Catherine's children, Alexandra and Veronique of Oakville, ON; sister, Mary (Alex) Basaraba; numerous nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his wife, Shirley (nee Lamarsh) Badowsky in 2004; parents, Wasyl and Sophie (nee Michalchuk) Badowsky; sisters, Anne Fitzpatrick and Nettie Zarubiak; and brothers, John, Andrew and Paul Badowsky. Walter was born in Krydor, Saskatchewan on July 25, 1928. He grew up on his parents' farm in the Krydor district. In 1944, he moved with his family to a farm in MacDowall, Saskatchewan. Walter loved sports and told many stories about his prowess as an athlete in track and field, softball and baseball. He was an excellent student and talked of how his parents wanted one of their seven children to attend university. As the youngest of the Badowsky children, his parents' dreams relied on his determination and dedication. Walter chose to attend the College of Pharmacy at the University of Saskatchewan. He was very proud that, even after a very slow start in his first year of university, he was able to do extremely well in his following years, and graduate in the allotted time. In Saskatoon, during university, he met the love of his life, Shirley Lamarsh. They married on June 10, 1953, after Walter completed his university education. In 1955, they moved to Vonda, Saskatchewan, where they eventually owned and operated Vonda Drugs and Hardware and the liquor vendor for many years. In 2001, Walter and Shirley moved back to Saskatoon, so that Walter could provide care to Shirley, who was stricken with ALS. His biggest priority in life was his family. He loved to coach and support his children in their athletic endeavors. He loved to talk to people and watch television shows on science and animals. He loved animals, especially horses, dogs and cats. He was a fun loving person with a great sense of humor. He was very determined, loyal, hardworking and caring. He struggled with health problems in the latter part of his life, but persisted in living independently until July of 2011, when he was hospitalized and eventually went to live at Parkridge Centre. The Memorial Service will be held at Park Funeral Chapel, 311 Third Avenue North, Saskatoon, SK on Saturday, June 9, 2012 at 2:00 p.m. The Interment of Ashes will take place at a later date. Since Walter's wife suffered with ALS, in lieu of flowers, donations may be made in memory of Walter to the ALS Society of Saskatchewan, Box 31028, Normanview Mall, Regina, SK, S4R 8R6, To send online condolences to the family, visit "Obituaries & Tributes". Arrangements entrusted to Kenneth J. Scheirich, PARK FUNERAL CHAPEL, 306.244.2103.

Published in The Saskatoon StarPhoenix from June 6 to June 8, 2012
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