Walter Peter Tarasick
1928 - 2021
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It is with great sadness that we announce the peaceful passing of Walter Peter Tarasick, 92, surrounded by his family, at his home in Kearney, Ontario, on February 5, 2021, after a courageous battle with pancreatic cancer. He was born October 16, 1928, in Windsor, Ontario, and predeceased by his parents, Fred and Anna Tarasick, and wife Anne (1996). Walter graduated in 1951 with a degree in Engineering from the University of Toronto and went on to become an Ontario Land Surveyor, establishing Starr and Tarasick Surveying and Engineering, in Port Credit, Ontario, which prospered for many decades. His legacy is reflected today in many of the landmarks surveyed by his company in the Greater Toronto area and the offspring company which still includes his name. Walter leaves behind his beloved wife Margaret Tarasick, and her children Susan, Lisa (Peter), Marianne, and Andrea (Paolo) and Maggie's nine grand-children and two great-grandchildren. He is also survived by children David (Susan), Catherine, Steven (Madeliene), Leslie, and their mother, Audrey, as well as grandchildren Nicole, Michael (Jacki), Dara (Gordon), Lauren (Shawn), Jordana (Baruch), Alex, Meaghan, Rebecca, Kate, Daniel (Rachel), Alicia (Ian), Nathan, Rachel, Matthew, and Ian, and great-grandchildren, namesake Walter, and Sullivan. Walter's passion for cottage life came to fruition when he single-handedly built the beloved family cottage on Big Hawk Lake in 1959. The legacy of the cottage carries on today remaining a favorite destination for children and grandchildren who will treasure memories of many gatherings there with grandpa and Maggie. Wally joined the annual ritual of the cottage closing this past September. As was tradition, he worked the hardest of all! Wally always enjoyed life to the fullest, an avid golfer, canoeist, water-skier, reader, theatre patron, garlic gardener, and a world traveller over many years, with trips to almost every continent including the Arctic and Antarctica. And while Wally always savoured the richness of life, he never failed to think of others and was a benefactor to a wide range of charities, making annual donations over many decades. His last major project, at the age of 89, was building, with Maggie, his dream home on Lynx Lake, Kearney, where he has been able to enjoy a beautiful vista and a wonderful community of family and friends. Above all, Wally was a family man much beloved by the whole clan. Great appreciation is expressed to Dr. Whaley (called "my hero" by Wally), Norma Connolly, Stephanie Holtz and many other medical professionals for their excellent care and compassion. Thank you also to the wonderful neighbours and family members for endless support and acts of kindness. A celebration of life will be held at a later date. Memorial donations in memory of Walter may be made to the Huntsville Hospital Foundation, via the website: or to a charity of your choice. Donations and online condolences may also be made through the Billingsley Funeral Home website:

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Published in Muskoka Region News on Feb. 6, 2021.
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February 7, 2021
My heart is broken

Such an incredible human being. A tenacious fighter. A loving and devoted patriarch.

The smile you put on my Nanny’s face all these years says it all! Even the one through the glare while you finished that last drop from the wine bottle
Your grin and sense of humour were contagious.... even up until the very end.

I feel very fortunate that you chose to be apart of our crazy family. Love truly is thicker than blood! ❤❤❤

You have been such an amazing and influential Gramps to your Thumper and Damon’s bruller ....from them “helping” you around the house (or really just supervising your hard work while they talked your ear off), dock and beach memories they’ll never forgot, and of course all the ATV rides!
You’re not just any Gramps, you’re the COOL Gramps!

We will keep your energy and spirit alive with all of the priceless memories you have given us! Thank you for everything, but most of all, for just being you!
Hope Minos and all of the heavenly Hurley’s up there have a cold one waiting for you!

May you now watch over us all and send a piece of your heart down to your newest great grandson, arriving in the spring!

Love you endlessly and for always! I miss you already, “Dramps”!! ❤
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