Walter R. Margetts
1927 - 2014
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.
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Donna & family, we are sorry to hear of Walts passing. We so enjoyed our chats when you both came to Legion 127 on a Friday. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time
Bert & Myrna Soutar
April 1, 2014
Donna & family,
We received a call from outwest to lets us know of Walters passing.
Deb & I read his obituary on line. He enjoyed a very busy, happy life to the very end. One cannot ask for more.
When I think of Walter, I always remember him turning up on his bike at Moms as she was taking her homemade bread out of the oven. She always made a special loaf for him. He also would showup with Audrey on the crossbar of his bike.
As one gets older and moves away from home, you lose track of those not living within visiting distance. I've been here in Ontario since the fall of 1952 - 61 1/2 years.
We know you will miss him, but not want him back to suffer.
Remember all the good times, Love and Laughter.

Irene Burgess (Atkins), (daughter) - Deb Robillard (Burgess), and (Granddaughters)- Jennifer and Kristina Robillard.
Irene Burgess (Atkins)
March 27, 2014
Dear Donna and family. I didn't know Walter that well, but him
And Donna often came into my work at the Army and Navy Vets club. He was always interested in myself and my family, loved to listen and chat. He was always very pleasant and respectful, he will be very missed by everyone at the club. It was truly a pleasure to know him.
Diana Wass
March 25, 2014
Dear Donna and family - I'm very sorry for your loss. I'll always fondly remembered Walter (a.k.a. Waimea). We had a great conversation last spring and I thanked him for the kindness and generosity he and your family always showed me. My sincere condolences and very best to you all.
Doug Carey
March 25, 2014
To Donna & Family my sincerest sympathy. Walter will always be remembered & he will be with all of you, always, in your hearts
Heidi Hall
March 24, 2014
Many years have passed since Walter left BC Hydro but he was always the go to guy because you knew he would get it done right. It was only a couple of weeks ago one of our servicemen had worked at his home and had mentioned that Walter had said to say hi. A very thoughtful gentleman has left us but will not be forgotten.
Lew Williams
March 24, 2014
my sympathies on Walt's passing. I enjoyed working with him at BC Hydro so many years ago. Always pleasant, always interested, and always with a smile or a chuckle.
Kelly Mann
March 23, 2014
I'm glad the kids and I had the pleasure to visit with you during our trips to Victoria over the years. We will miss your smiling face & interest in our lives.

Lily, Alexandria & Jordan
Lily Eng
March 23, 2014
Dad/Papa, we are missing you so much. We will treasure the years spent being together - at family get togethers at the cabin, in our homes, Hawaii - any excuse to eat, drink, and enjoy each other's company. Conversation on everything. You took a great interest in our lives catching up on what we were up to, proud of our achievements, imparting your wisdom. You will be forever in our hearts and thoughts. Enjoy the next part of your adventure. Don't worry about us Love you always Wayne, Malley, Nicole, and Alicia. PS. We will look after Mom/Mama
Wayne & Malley Margetts
March 23, 2014
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