Stanley Arthur Walker
September 8, 1928 – March 13, 2013
With heavy hearts Sherry Lynn and Steve announce the passing of their much loved father at the Vernon Jubilee Hospital after a long and courageous battle against lung disease.
Stan was continually surrounded with family during the duration of his illness, first by remaining in the family home, where he was able to have nightly visits from his favorite little person for “Night Nites” his great grand daughter Kaylee.
During his last week and a half in hospital Sherry Lynn and Steve took turns staying with him so that he wouldn’t have to face his passing alone. When he left us Steve was near his side.
Stan’s quick wit and sense of humor rarely wavered during his illness, even up until his very last days. When his words were taken, he still tried to lighten the situation by the warmth in the gentle squeezes of his hand in ours. The Nursing staff and doctors were constantly saying how amazing he was, and how he was such an inspiration, nurses would come in to see him even though he wasn’t their patient that day. He was so well thought of.
Stan was born in Nova Scotia to Burton and Nancy Walker in New Minas, they were a family of three brothers and two sisters, and an infant brother whom died in his infancy.
He enjoyed many years playing ball in the area and was very coveted for his skills in many counties through out Nova Scotia.
Stan has two sons from a previous marriage, Fred Walker (Kathy) and Brad Walker (Paula) and a Grandson Jason Walker whom he enjoyed visiting along with his remaining family still living in the Maritimes.
In later years Stan traveled a lot, it was as a Bible Salesman in Saskatchewan where he met Elaine “the love of his life” and her four year old Daughter Sherry Lynn. His traveling alone days were done and they became a family. They moved to Kitimat, British Columbia in 67, and a year later Steven was born.
They moved to Vernon in 73 to be closer to family, where he was sometimes known as “The Electrolux Man”. It was here where he developed many good friendships.
Stan loved the camping and fishing opportunities the area had to offer, most specifically Echo Lake in Lumby where he enjoyed countless hours, with the Walker Drexler and Smoliak Clan. He took his children on many adventures. We miss those years when we were all together.
Golf was Stan’s other favorite pastime, and he was on the course after retirement nearly every day. He even took a job as Grounds Marshall up at Preditor Ridge which he enjoyed thoroughly. He could often be found at the Kal Sports Bar betting on the ponies, or at Happy Days for Keno, he enjoyed everyone’s company.
In 1998 he lost his beloved Elaine, whom he cared for at home for the duration of her illness. He treated her with such patience and kindness he made her feel like a princess. When asked by Sherry Lynn after a while if he would ever think to remarry, he just said “No thank you, I’m waiting for your Mother”.
Stan was a man who dearly loved his family and friends. He was a man that fought long and fought hard right up until his very last day just to be able to stay with us just a while longer. We are so proud of him.
Stan firmly believed in the Hereafter, and that he would be reunited with his loved ones who have gone on before him, most specifically his wife Elaine. In our hearts and minds we can hear the music and see them dancing now.
Stan leaves behind to mourn his loss, his Maritime Family, Daughter Sherry Lynn, Son Steve Walker, Grandson Matt Kolenski, (Jen) and Great Grand Daughter Kaylee and Ron, who made him really good breakfasts.
You’re forever in our hearts and minds, enjoy your reunion, until we meet again, love always your family.
THE LIGHT SHONE THROUGH THE DARKNESS AND THE DARKNESS COULD NOT OVER COME IT. John 1:5
Celebration of Life will be held Saturday March 23, at The Eagles Hall, 5101 25 Ave, 1:00pm – 4:00pm.
In lieu of flowers, please donate to either the Canadian Lung Society or the Canadian Diabetes Society.