Walter Jerry Gonchias

November 16, 1932 ~ March 21, 2012

It is with great sadness that we say goodbye to this very special man. Walter lived his life with integrity and compassion, caring deeply for others. We will all truly miss his laughter. He always enjoyed a good joke. Walter will be deeply missed by his niece Joan (Doug), great-niece Lynn (Matt), great-grandniece Georgina, and great-grandnephews Nico and Erick. Further missed by his nieces Donna, Dianna, Shirley, Beverly and their extended families. Walter was predeceased by his parents Joseph in 1975 and Anne in 1986, his sister Josephine in 1934, his sister-in-law Georgina in 1954, his brother John in 1994, and his great-nephew Richard in 2002. Walter was born in Armstrong, BC and grew up in the area. He was very proud to have been a team member of the Armstrong Shamrocks that won the BC Juvenille “A” Lacrosse Championship in 1950. When he finished school, he worked in several locations around BC and AB, then came back to Armstrong, BC and was employed with Buckerfield’s until his accident. He lived on the family farm at Eagle Rock Road until 1990. Walter then moved into town and in 1993 moved to McGivney Manor in Kelowna, BC, where he enjoyed his apartment and his family within the manor. In 2011, Walter’s health started to fail and he moved into Cottonwoods Care Facility. We, the family of Walter, would like to acknowledge the support of all his friends, his family at McGivney Manor, his doctors, the caregivers and all who were there for him over the years. A special Thank You to Jules and Amy Picou for you have been friends of the family for a very long time. Funeral Service will be held at the St. Joseph’s Catholic Church (3335 Patterson Street, Armstrong, BC) on Wednesday, March 28th, 2012 at 11:00 am. Interment at the Armstrong / Spallumcheen Cemetery. Tea to follow at the St. Joseph’s Catholic Church Hall. Expressions of sympathy may be forwarded to the family at

Arrangements entrusted to


Armstrong 250-546-7237 & Vernon 250-558-0866

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