1926 – October 9, 2017
Walter Aubrey Stewart Taylor (Winks), beloved husband of Jean Taylor (Hendricks) passed away peacefully on Monday, October 9, 2017 at the age of 91.
They had just celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary.
He is survived by his four sons, Robert (Violet), Don (Jill), Terry (Judy) and Warren (Betty), five grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.
He was predeceased by his brothers Cleland, Tony and daughter-in-law Patty.
Walter was born in Cranbrook to Rachael and Duncan Taylor in 1926, raised at the Tanglewood farm and completed grade 10 in Proctor, BC.
He went on to Toronto to graduate from grade 12 and worked on the Great Lakes during the summers. In 1944, he joined the Royal Canadian Navy as a 17-year-old and served on three destroyers protecting convoys in the North Atlantic.
After the war, he attended UBC before starting a 44 year career with West Kootenay Power & Light in Trail and area.
Walter was committed to the community and was active with Scouting, YMCA, Sandlot Baseball, Trail Well Men’s Clinic and the Kootenay Music Festival. He served with the Kiwanis Club for over 50 years and as the Lt-Governor represented the Kootenays around the world.
When Walter retired at 65, he moved to Nelson and continued his community involvement. He then moved to Richmond for 10 years, then Tsawwassen.
He was selected as the Legion of Honour by the Royal Canadian Legion and the Army & Navy Club for two consecutive years.
The family would like to thank the staff at Waterford Residences and Susie’s staff at Ana’s Home Care for their compassionate care.
A family Memorial will be held at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests a charitable contribution in your community would best exemplify Walter’s example throughout his life.
To send condolences, please visit www.deltafuneral.ca.