Walter slipped away peacefully on Oct. 24 at Victoria General Hospital after a brief illness. He was 90.
Born in South Shields, England, he was just 2 when his family moved to the Edmonton area. As a youth he joined the Sea Cadets, a choice that influenced much of the rest of his life.
Walter signed up with The Royal Canadian Navy as an ordinary seaman at the outbreak of the Second World War, serving aboard HMCS Thunder for the greater part of the Battle of the Atlantic.
Shortly after wars end, he married the love of his life, Marjorie Owen, of Edmonton.
During the Korean War, Walter served aboard HMCS Cayuga for two tours, rejoining his family in Victoria, B.C., in 1952.
He remained in the navy during the Cold War, and eventually rose through the ranks to become a full lieutenant, an uncommon feat for a sailor of that day.
Toward the end of his career he became a naval systems analyst in Ottawa and range officer at the Experimental and Test Range at Nanoose Bay, B.C. He left the navy when unification was imposed upon Canadas military forces in 1968.
Marjorie predeceased Walter in 1990. He leaves his sons Jack (Penelope) of London, Ont., and Dennis (Janet) of Edmonton, daughter Linda (Clifford) of Toronto, as well as grandchildren Jennifer Radons (Geoff) and Paul Bell of Victoria, Jesslyn and Carys Bell of Edmonton and three great-grandchildren.
The family would like to thank the kind staff of the Lodge at Broadmead, Walters home for the past several years, and Doug Popejoy, his dedicated friend.