Jun 30, 1931 – Feb 18, 2018
It is with great sadness and much love that we announce the passing of Walter Frederick Baine on February 18, 2018 after a stoic battle with cancer. Wally peacefully departed this world to take his place beside his wife Barbara and his many friends who have predeceased him.
Wally was born in Lacombe, Alberta on June 30, 1931, the son of Leroy and Lily who had settled on a farm outside of Lacombe, after coming to Canada from the USA and England. As a teenager, Wally left home and headed to Banff National Park in search of work, finding opportunities with Poole in Canmore and later managing the bulk fuel supply depot located beside the railway tracks in Banff.
It was in Banff that Wally met the love of his life Barbara Gray and together they had four children, Richard, Douglas, Jay, and Andrea, all born in Banff.
When the supply depot was closed, Wally went to work for the Department of Public Works, a position that required him to move his family away from Banff and resettle in Sherwood Park, Alberta, where he remained until his retirement.
Once retired, Wally and Barbara vacationed in Florida during the winter and enjoyed their cabin at Muriel Lake in the summer, until they discovered the lifestyle of Vancouver Island and eventually Wally’s passion for salmon fishing. Wally could fish with the best of them, developing an almost scientific method for catching the different species of salmon that he happily shared with family and friends.
For the past 25 years Wally lived in Parksville, BC enjoying the many friends and neighbours that surrounded him and who, nearing his end, provided him with the best support that any person could have ever hoped for, of which his family gratefully appreciated.
Wally’s life came to an end peacefully in Brooks, Alberta surrounded by his immediate family and supported by the great care received by his family doctor, the nurses that provided him home care, and the nurses and doctors at the Brooks Health Centre.
He is lovingly remembered by his brother Herb; his children Rick (Jeannette), Douglas (Nancy), Jay, and Andrea (Andy); grandchildren Michael (Claudine), Sebastian, Nicole (Michael), Jennele (Samuel), Jarryd (Erin), Lindsey (Chris), Jilleen (Chris), Iain, Niall, Adam (Briauna), Alex, and Andrew and great-grandchildren Aisha, Emma, Kayla, William, and Peyton.
The family is planning a Celebration of Wally’s Life to be held in Calgary in mid-summer.
Donations in lieu of flowers can be made to the SRCF Learning Centre Calgary for Children Diagnosed with Dyslexia at, (http://www.srcflcc.org/Donations.html).
Messages of remembrance may be left for the family at www.southcalgaryfuneralcentre.ca
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