Walter passed away comfortably and quietly after a very difficult but short medical illness. Husband, father, grandfather, and great grandfather. Survived by his loving wife of 63 years, Donna, mother of their 5 children, Wayne (Malley), Lisa, Laura Nadeau (Rene), Richard, Andrea Kopeck (Kelvin), 6 grandsons, 3 granddaughters, 2 great grandsons, sister Doreen Lyle, and several nieces and nephews. After graduating from Victoria High School in 1945, he started working on the west coast of Vancouver Island in the fishing industry, as both a buyer and seller of seafood products. He moved on as Vancouver Island representative of the Carnation Company and then joined the BC Electric Company promoting the sale and use of electrical products. Retiring in 1998 from BC Hydro as a Customer Service Representative, he quietly volunteered in fund raising campaigns for local organizations. After winning the Victoria Toast Masters Golden Gavel he was often asked to be MC at weddings, business, and social functions. He was a fitness trainer and a swimming and scuba instructor at the Victoria YMYWCA. He trained for and completed the Royal Victoria Marathon, also twice winning on Easter Sunday the Cowchian River Swimming Endurance Race. Walter's wife and family members were his best friends, enjoying decades of fun and sun on and in the water. Although his favorite activities were windsurfing, water skiing, scuba diving, long board surfing, long distance swimming and alpine skiing, he found everything in life interesting. His mind was like a sponge, continually soaking up information, retaining it, and staying sharp as a tack until his last breathe. Walter would like to thank the great medical team at RJH for their support and kindness, as well as the many business and social contacts that he made over the years. No service by request.
Published by The Times Colonist from Mar. 23 to Mar. 25, 2014.