Walter passed away quietly in the early hours of Friday morning, at Maple Ridge, B.C. He was predeceased by his wife Edna on March 9, 2009.
Wally was born Walter Stanley Dyley, in Shipman, Saskatchewan. At an early age his parents John and Sally, along with Walter, and his two siblings Helen and Nick moved to Armstrong B.C. and farmed at Otter Lake Crossroads and then at the Lansdowne area. As a youth, Walter excelled in sports, particularly baseball, where his size and presence soon had him playing in men’s leagues.
Like many other teenagers at the time, Walter left home to find employment. One year he could be working on the gas pipeline in the Kootenays, and the next year at a sawmill in the Caribou. Walter would always make it back home to Armstrong, at least long enough to meet and “woo” his bride to be Edna Scheuller. Walter and Edna were married on Sept. 14th, 1966. The young couple resided in Merritt B.C., where Walter worked in the logging Industry ,operating every piece of equipment imaginable. An opportunity to return to Armstrong allowed the young couple now with a daughter “Sandra”, to be back with family and friends. They took up residence in Hullcar, and Walter began his 33 year career delivering fuel with Home Oil/ Esso Fuels. Walter made certain that the local farmers and mills had their fuel needs looked after, before he himself could head home.
Walter continued his love of sports now as an “observer”, and if their was ever a need to find out an answer to a sports trivia question, it was to “Wally” that one went. Wally would watch competitive “piglet“ racing if that was all that was on the television, but he was a fanatical fan of the Toronto Maple Leafs in hockey and Dodgers (Brooklyn and L.A.) in baseball. Walter also took up snowmobiling for awhile, and could be seen riding around the local area as well as at Hunter’s Range.
The family moved into town (Armstrong), where Walter made it a point to visit his Mom every single evening, showing that the big rugged man, had a sensitive side to him. Due to health issues and a desire to be closer to daughter Sandra, son-in-law Clint, and grandchildren Josh and Mallory; Walter and Edna moved to Maple Ridge.
Retirement saw “Papa Wally” prefer to be a homebody, rather than venturing out into the Great Unknown. You could find him puttering around the back yard, or repairing anything from watches, to major appliances. Walter somehow managed to get them working again, when anyone else would have just thrown them out. And if he could not get something working again, he still found a home for it in his shop (just in case!). But Walter was most in his comfort zone sitting next to Edna, where he could continue his second career as a “Armchair Athlete”.
The sudden passing of Wife Edna, found Walter being very lost. With the help and closeness of daughter Sandra and family, Walter continued his battle with cancer, for a few short months. In the end “Papa Wally“ had given it all he had, and it was time to be back next to “Ma Ed“.
Personal Alternative Funeral Services, Armstrong, 250-546-7237