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Walter Charles Slade

Walter Charles Slade

The unpretentious WWII Veteran, Walter Charles Slade, passed away suddenly on November 9, 2015 at St. Joseph's General Hospital, Vegreville, AB.
He leaves to mourn his passing, his daughters, Shirley Blanche (Ernest William) Preuss of Vegreville and Laura Muriel Janet (Wellington David) Bourne of Bloomington, ON. Affectionately remembered by grandsons, Brian (Shelly) of Peace River and Daniel B. (Annette) of Grande Prairie, AB; Clint (Deb), Craig and Sean (Virginia) in Ontario; great-grandchildren, Darren (Jamie), Tanner, Daniel and (Krista); Justin and Megan; Christina, Josh and Matthew; Destiny; and eight great-great-grandchildren! Regarded by his extended family, Joanne (Lester) Brown and sons, Devan, Cory (daughter); and Dalton of Fort St. John, BC. Very special friends; Rhonda and Shade (his protégé) Clark.
He is survived by his brothers, Leo (Maxine) and Don (Cathy) of Dartmouth/Halifax, NS; sister-in-law, Muriel (Edward) Doyle; brothers-in-law, Frank (Shirley), Stewart (Becky) and Alvin (Doris) of Webster, PEI. Many nieces and nephews in NS, PEI, BC and AB cherish his memory. He was predeceased by his loving wife of 45 years, Emily Blanche (Webster-Warren); his parents, Walter S. and Estella (Nickerson) and siblings, Billy, Estella (Ken) and Arnold (Alice); granddaughter, Karen Lynn Blanche; sons-in-law, Ernie and Dave; brothers-in-law, Eddy and Ken; and sister-in-law, Alice.
Wally or Charlie as he was sometimes known (too many Walters where he resided) enjoyed a very rewarding life! It started when he joined Sea Cadets, the Militia, the Royal Canadian Army (serving in Britain), CNR, RCAF, as a civilian diesel mechanic on various radar stations across Canada, even Tulle, Greenland; DOT as lighthouse maintenance, most notably on Sable Island off NS where he also looked after the famous ponies, and his 20-year career with the Department of National Defence in Bacarro, NS and Kapuskasing, ON.
The family would like to thank the staff at the University of Alberta Renal Insufficiency Clinic, the Vegreville Manor and the local hospital for their care and Park Memorial for helping with his last wishes: cremation.
There will be no funeral but a family service in PEI at a later date. Donations in his memory made to Renal Insufficiency Clinic, WMC 2E3, 8440 - 112 Street, Edmonton, AB, T6G 2B7 will be gratefully acknowledged.
His favorite sayings: You always remember, you never forget! Old soldiers never die, they just fade away! And so, we as family and friends, say a loving goodbye.
Photos, memories and condolences may be shared through www.parkmemorial.com.



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