WALLINDER, Skyler Damian Ross

March 27, 1997 – April 18, 2021

It is with deep sadness that we share the passing Skyler Wallinder on April 18, 2021 in Cochrane Alberta at the age of 24. Skyler was born in Kamloops BC on March 27, 1997, grew up in Calgary and Cochrane.  

Skyler was an adventurous, creative and active person. He graduated from Bow Valley High School in Cochrane, AB after which he attended the SAIT culinary program. He worked in a few different restaurants before exploring Australia for a year where he ultimately ended up doing charity fundraising work, which gave him a great sense of fulfillment. On return from Australia, he returned to his passion for cooking, where he could explore his sense of personal expression and creativity. He felt very strongly about mental health, especially within the culinary field and was always active in supporting his friends and peers.  

Growing up, Skyler was a competitor in middle distance running, rugby, wrestling, downhill ski racing, coaching younger alpine ski racers and speed skiing where he achieved 150 km/h and was ranked second in the world in his class in 2016.

Skyler is survived by his parents, Brad and Nina Wallinder, his brother Jacob Wallinder, and grandparents Roy Queen and Heather Wallinder. Skyler is predeceased by his grandmother Isobel Queen and grandfather Donald Wallinder.  

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests a donation to an initiative that is in development in Skyler’s memory for the benefit of mental health in the culinary field. https://gofund.me/81b520dc

A Visitation with Skyler will be held from 1 pm – 3 pm on Sunday, April 25th at Pierson’s Funeral Home (4121 – 17 Avenue SE, Calgary).  Covid protocols will be in place with a maximum of 20 people in attendance at any time so will be on a ‘come and go’ basis. If you cannot attend and would like to leave a message for Skyler which can be written on his casket, please email your note to cochrane@piersons.ca.

A ‘Live Streamed’ Celebration of Skyler’s Life was held on Tuesday April 27, 2021 at 1:00 pm. Due to restrictions attendance at the service was limited to 20 people and was by invitation only. 

A recording of Skyler’s service will become available by contacting the family.

Arrangements entrusted to Florence (Flo) Simpson, Funeral Director

Cochrane Country Funeral Home – Ph: 403-932-1039

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  1. On April 21, 2021 at 9:27 pm Ben Smith Said:

    Hello Brad, Nina, Jacob, and the rest of the family;

    I am so sad to hear about the passing away of Skyler, and I am very sorry for your terrible loss – It is very hard to believe.
    I have been thinking about him, every day, and I am praying for him. I have been thinking about you folks, as well, and have been praying for you also.
    He was such a nice guy and I have pleasant memories of him.
    Please accept my sincerest condolences.


  2. On April 21, 2021 at 10:17 pm Elyse Said:

    Dearest Nina and family,

    My deepest condolences for your tremendous loss.
    I am sending lots of love and prayers to all of you.
    May Skyler, a beautiful soul, rest in peace and look over you.

    Hugs, Elyse

  3. On April 22, 2021 at 1:51 am Akashdeep and sunny Said:

    Hello Brad,Nina,Jacob and rest of the family;
    I am still not able to accept it that he is not with us anymore.I still remember the very first day he moved in with us in Australia. We feel so lucky to have pleasure of spending a year of our life with such a great soul.He was so full of life, so kind, genuinely helpful and always so positive towards the life. In a year he become family to us and we dropped him to airport for his flight back home and he promised us to visit us again.He never gonna be forgotten.staying alive in our memories and heart forever and ever.
    We are sincerely sorry for the terrible loss of such a great guy.
    Please accept our sincerest condolences.
    Akashdeep and Sunny.

  4. On April 22, 2021 at 4:53 am Shelley Simpson Said:

    Nina, Brad and the rest of they family.

    I am so sorry to hear of your loss. My heart and prayers are with all of you. My deepest condolences to you all.

  5. On April 22, 2021 at 5:22 am Serge Bisson Said:

    I am sorry for your loss.There is no word to express how hard it must be for you. I am sending love and hugs in your direction.
    Serge Bisson

  6. On April 22, 2021 at 5:27 am Hugh Dale-Harris (Jr) Said:

    Nina, Brad, and Jacob,
    What an incredible loss. My heart goes out to all of you during this difficult time.
    I have distant memories of rescuing our boat frozen in the lake with Skyler at Blue Sea. I wish I could have spent more time with all of you, but thankful for those memories. My deepest condolences.

  7. On April 22, 2021 at 6:13 am Anthony Luck Said:

    The loss your family is feeling is unfathomable. In times like these, words like I’m sorry don’t seem adequate. I am sending lots of positive energy and love in your direction.

  8. On April 22, 2021 at 9:22 am Deb Dunham Said:

    Nina and family,
    There is no greater pain than that of losing a child, my heart, soul and prayers are with all of you. Sending love, light and strength <3

  9. On April 22, 2021 at 11:08 am Kim Parker and family Said:

    Brad, Nina and Jake, while we haven’t been in touch for years, I still think of all of you every day. This was a terrible shock, and I can only try to imagine your pain. You are all in our hearts, thoughts, memories and prayers.

    Kim, Mariah and Seth Parker

  10. On April 22, 2021 at 12:52 pm Amanda and Sheena Said:

    Brad, Nina and Jake, Even though we have not been in touch for years, Please know our hearts aches hearing the news of
    Sky’s passing. We have fond memories of our trips to visit you all in B.C. We will miss Skylar dearly and have you all in our
    Thoughts and prayers. Sending you hugs and love during this difficult time.

  11. On April 22, 2021 at 2:21 pm Diane Karperien Said:

    Brad, Nina and Jakob,
    So sorry for your loss. I cannot imagine what pain you are going through.
    This was a terrible shock. Our deepest condolences. Sending loads of love, strength and prayers to all of you.
    Love you and cherish the memories.

    Diane and Gerry ❤️❤️

  12. On April 22, 2021 at 10:21 pm Alysia Hudema Said:

    Brad, Jake and Nina
    Please accept my deepest sympathy.
    I am so grateful to have seen the Wallinder boys out cruising the slopes of Nakiska, just days ago! I was so very happy to see the three of you, catch up with a quick lift line chat and watch you all rip down from the top of Gold… Skyler bring up the back, with get skill!
    You are in my thoughts! Love, Alysia

  13. On April 22, 2021 at 10:54 pm Ariana and Ken Said:

    Words cannot express how deeply affected we have all been by this tragic loss. We will strive to remember the good times our families shared while our kids were growing up and learning how to ski race while becoming young adults. Sending strength and hugs your way.
    Ariana and Ken

  14. On April 23, 2021 at 10:45 am Craig & Linda Nelson Said:

    Dear Nina, Brad, Jake & Family
    What a beautiful life and great memories you will always have of Skyler, He was an outstanding young man.
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you always. Lots of Love Uncle Craig & Aunt Linda

  15. On April 23, 2021 at 4:41 pm Doreen Moen Said:

    Dear Brad, Nona & Jake

    So sorry for your loss our prayers are with you.

    Aunty Doreen & family

  16. On April 23, 2021 at 6:16 pm Kometz Family Said:

    Our deepest sympathies to Skyler’s family. Words cannot express our sorrow for your loss. He was our son’s coach during the 2014-15 ski season. Training days at Nakiska were good, but there was nothing better then heading to Sunshine for a free ski day with Skyler and the other coaches. He showed the athletes how to have fun, do the big jumps, and everyone always left with a smile and good memories. The traits of a great coach. Rest in peace Skyler.

    The Kometz Family

  17. On April 25, 2021 at 9:22 am Marina Smith Said:

    I want to extend our deepest sympathies to you and all of your family. Words cannot express our sorrow for your loss. Our memories of the kids ski racing and growing up together are very fond memories we cherish. We keep you in our thought and prayers. Marina and Aaron Smith

  18. On April 26, 2021 at 11:11 am Shelley, Mark & the Poulsen Family Said:

    Brad, Nina, Jake & the rest of the family.
    Word can not express our heartfelt sorrow to hear of the tragic loss of Skyler.
    Our deepest condolences to you all.
    With great sympathy we sending our love, hugs & strength.
    Rest in peace Skyler.

  19. On April 26, 2021 at 11:00 pm Kelly Said:

    Hey you guys Brad Nina Jake—- Its going to Take a lot of time and TONS of love to get a balance back after this loss!!! to say you guys have been I’m my thoughts and prayers this last week would be an understatement. These are challenging times — Challenge ACCEPTED!! When the time is right give me a call I love all you guys!! True Story

  20. On April 27, 2021 at 2:29 pm Karen Villeneuve Said:

    Words cannot express how sorry we are for your loss. . Skyler was an amazing young man and our family has fond memories of his smile and fun loving personality. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time. Skyler made a huge impact on his community and the world a better place. He will be truly missed. Rest In Peace Skyler.
    The Villeneuve Family

  21. On April 27, 2021 at 5:59 pm Elizabeth Morley Said:

    Nina, Brad, and Jacob. Keith and I are deeply saddened for all of you at this difficult time. Please know that you and other your family will be in our hearts and prayers in the days and months ahead. Much love,

    Elizabeth (Clark) Morley

  22. On April 28, 2021 at 12:04 pm Cassandra Tanko & Iulia Gogalniceanu Said:

    Dear Nina, Brad and Jake,

    Our hearts ache for you and your family. You are in our thoughts and our prayers.

  23. On April 28, 2021 at 8:49 pm The Fouad Family Said:

    Brad, Nina, Jacob: we are deeply saddened to hear of Skyler’s passing. We have only the fondest memories of him. He was positive, encouraging, hard-working and always helping his dad and others. Always smiling and laughing. He will be missed. Our thoughts are with you during this difficult time. Much love, Paul, Tina, Luke, Erin

  24. On April 29, 2021 at 8:02 pm The Dunn family Said:

    Dear Brad, Nina, Jacob and family.
    May the Mountains bring you comfort and peace !
    Our sincere condolences. Our thoughts are with you…
    Kirk, Nathalie, Logan & Neige

  25. On May 5, 2021 at 10:27 am Terri Johnson Said:

    Dear Nina and Brad – there are no words to express how sorry I was to hear of this devastating news. I can’t even imagine the pain of losing a child. My heart breaks for you & your family and I pray that you can find peace in remembering the joys & happy times of Skyler’s life. Love & hugs – Terri Johnson

  26. On May 5, 2021 at 11:24 am Belinda, Kevin, Isaac & Gracie Pyle Said:

    There are no words to convey our most deepest of condolences to you all.
    Skyler such a wonderful beautiful soul. No loss could compare.
    Blessings to you all and know that so many love you all and are with you.
    Love Belinda, Kevin, Isaac & Gracie Pyle

  27. On May 12, 2021 at 12:21 am Colleen Devlin Said:

    Dear Nina and family, on behalf of our WestJet Warriors team, I send our heartfelt sympathies to everyone during this very sad and difficult time with the passing of your precious son Skyler. Sending our blessings, hugs and prayers. Always, Colleen

  28. On July 6, 2021 at 12:01 pm Dave Sawatzky Said:

    My deepest condolences to Brad and family. (Dave from (Braeside).