WEARMOUTH, Walter Allan

Wearmouth Walter photo

November 20, 1925 – June 05, 2016

Walter took his last breath on this earth June 5, 2016 at the Bethany Care Centre in Cochrane. He will be lovingly remembered by his wife of 67 years Kay (Whitnack); his children: Anne (Bruce) Brander, Marion Wearmouth (Fred), Roy (Lucille), Allan (Nina); 12 grandchildren; 12 great grandchildren; his sister Shirley (Bob) Thomas; brother Dennis (Maida) Wearmouth; sisters-in-law Vernice Wearmouth, Dot Whitnack, Annie Clark, Marg (Bud) Pals; numerous nieces and nephews and extended family.

Walter lived all of his life in the Bearspaw and Glendale districts between Calgary and Cochrane. He and Kay milked cows, then raised beef cattle. They stayed on the farm until 2 years ago. Walter was active in the community, especially the Bearspaw Lions Club. Walter and Kay enjoyed travelling and curling.

The family would like to thank everyone for their support, Bethany Care in Cochrane for caring for Walter since January, and Scenic Acres Retirement Residence in Calgary where he lived for a year.

A Celebration of Life will be held at Bow Valley Baptist Church (54 West Aarsby Road, Cochrane, AB) on Friday, June 10, 2016 at 2:00 pm.

In lieu of flowers donations can be made to Bethany Care Centre Cochrane, 302 Quigley Dr, Cochrane, AB T4C 1X9 or Alzheimer Society of Calgary, 201-222 58 Ave SW, Calgary AB T2H 2S3.

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  1. On June 7, 2016 at 5:56 am Ian Brown Said:

    In my life I have met a lot of men but only a very few great men. Walter was one. His down home wisdom and sound advice given quietly and without pressure has been a source of inspiration to me on many occasions. I am honoured that I had the opportunity to have met him. He will not be easily forgotten.

    Our thoughts and prayers are with the family at this time of grief.

    Ian & Colleen Brown

  2. On June 7, 2016 at 8:03 am Michelle MacKenzie Said:

    Loved having a talk with him and so did my kids. He always had wisdom to share and a joke or 2. The sky is a little brighter with him in it and he will be missed but we are all a little wiser because of him. Thoughts and prayers with his family from our family.
    Michelle, John, Thomas and Julianna MacKenzie

  3. On June 7, 2016 at 9:08 am Betty & Gary Boon Said:

    The Whitnack family was very lucky when Uncle Walter married Auntie Kay. We have many fond memories of the fun times we had at reunions and with just being one on one with this fabulous man. We will miss him. Betty and Gary Boon

  4. On June 7, 2016 at 10:02 am Judy MacKenzie Said:

    Walter was a funny, kind and humble man, typical of all the Wearmouth brothers. Our community is less without him. Fortunately, we have the legacy of his family among us and our own personal memories of time spent with him, laughing at his jokes and stories and remembering his sincere interest in all those around him. His concern for his community and especially his love for Kay and his family will keep him with us forever in memory. Happy Trails Walt and Thanks for the Memories. xoxox

  5. On June 7, 2016 at 2:24 pm Louise and David Amlund Jayson Liz Dylan Estelle and Rosalie Savage Said:

    We will miss Uncle Walt. We loved his spirit and wonderful sense of humor.
    Our thoughts and prayers are with Aunt Kay and our cousins and their families.
    Love, Louise

  6. On June 7, 2016 at 2:34 pm Lyle & Ginny Wilson Said:

    Rest in peace my friend. “Honey” our nick names for one another, great guy to work with, @ the Big Hill Lodge, in 1983. Condolences to Kay, & all your family’s. thanks for the wonderful Memories. Luv Lyle & Ginny Wilson

  7. On June 7, 2016 at 7:29 pm Lana Said:

    I loved working with Walter, such a sweet, funny gentleman. I will miss seeing you and your lovely family at work.

  8. On June 7, 2016 at 9:10 pm Sandy Said:

    My “Grandpa Walter” and “Aunty Kay”…always and forever the kindest and best friends my Grandparents Jean and Elmer McBride ever knew. That they extended their love to all of us kids was a wonderous gift I will cherish forever. Memories of fishing and Roy letting 3 year old me ride his shoulders while we caught grasshoppers for Walt are frozen in those wonderful timeless moments of being truly happy. Walt was simply the standard of a great man. I will miss him beyond words. He will be in my heart until my own end on Earth. I hope the fishing is good in heaven. Goodbye my friend…

  9. On June 8, 2016 at 5:54 am Brian & Tammy Whitnack Said:

    Uncle Walter not the biggest man in comparison to our other uncles but the biggest heart and one of the biggest personalities. Some of my fondest memories growing up were from the ranch and those many Boxing Day Family get togethers. Uncle Walter was always the life of the party from getting everyone up dancing to telling me it was ok to climb in the bull pen to retrieve my ball and laughing when the bull chased me up the fence then telling me the bull obviously wanted to play with my ball. Uncle Walter was a big part of my childhood and will be sorely missed. My condolences to Aunt Kay, Anne, Marion, Roy, Allan and the rest of the Family. Suffice it to say the loss is great but wherever he may be just got a huge upgrade.

  10. On June 8, 2016 at 5:59 am Terry Said:

    One of my first memories was Aunty Kay “scolding” Grampa Walt for telling me and my sister that the deer heads on his wall were attached to their bodies on the other side and that the deer had become stuck there…
    Walt was and is timeless. His gentle grace and charm will stay with me forever. Seemingly created out of leather and rope, this old cowboy blessed us all with his jokes and his laugh, his smile and with the love he so freely shared. Happy trails, Walt.

  11. On June 8, 2016 at 2:59 pm Pierre & Manon Said:

    Sincere condolences to you and your family.

    Pierre-Paul and Manon

  12. On June 9, 2016 at 6:49 am Ellen and John Murray Said:

    Walter always extended a warm welcome whether we’d been away a week or a year. His spirit and generosity will be missed and the community has lost a treasure. Our deepest condolences to the Wearmouth Family.
    Ellen and John Murray

  13. On June 9, 2016 at 7:04 am Sandra Humphreys Said:

    Our sincere condolences to Kay and Family.

    Bob and Betty Baptie
    Sandra Humphreys

  14. On June 9, 2016 at 2:08 pm Kent and Donna Devlin and Family Said:

    Walter is one those rare people that had this incredible ability to make everyone feel special and welcomed. We are so sad to hear of his passing and feel very blessed that we had the privileged to know him and call him our neighbor. His kindness, wit and wisdom is unparalleled and we as family are better people for knowing him. Our thoughts are with his family at this time of loss.

  15. On June 9, 2016 at 4:32 pm Colleen Bedbrook Said:

    Sadness and deepest condolences. My sympathy for you Kay, Marion & family. I always admired Walter who was always greeted me with a hug and smile. He was a man that will be greatly missed.

  16. On June 10, 2016 at 3:44 am Shirley Gough Said:

    On 09/06/2016 at 11.40 am Shirley Gough Said:

    Our thoughts and prayers are with Roy,Lucille.Mason and all the rest of the family at this sad time.
    Take care and God Bless.
    Love from Shirley and family here on the island of St.Helena.

  17. On June 10, 2016 at 8:08 am Joyce Walsh Said:

    To Kay, Roy and all the family. . It was such a pleasure and honor to know Walter for the time our families were connected.He was a treasure and certainly brought sunshine into the lives of all those around him. He was an outstanding human being. My granddaughters will sorely miss him. Love to you all. Joyce Walsh

  18. On June 10, 2016 at 9:26 am Dave and Pat Buckler Said:

    The smile and the hat tells just who he was, loved to keep and cherish the things that made you part of his life.A community he loved and spent many happy times helping others Kay and family our thought and prayers are with you all.

  19. On June 10, 2016 at 3:39 pm Joyce Walsh Said:

    Kay,Roy and family. Please know that you all have been on my mind as our memories of the amazing Walter Wearmouth emerge. What a lovely person he was and will always be treasured for warmly embracing our family in the years we were involved. There will be a lot of tears today but a lot of smiles when everyone remembers this tender human being. Love to you all. Joyce Walsh

  20. On June 12, 2016 at 8:44 am Shirley and Mal Cox Said:

    Many fond memories of Walter and his humour. So sorry to of missed his celebration of life but certainly thinking of you Kay and family on the loss of this great man. God Bless.

  21. On June 12, 2016 at 4:36 pm john piera Said:

    On behalf of my family and the Bearspaw Lions Club, please accept our condolences on your loss. I met Walter almost 40 years ago when my father was a member of the Lions. Walter was always friendly, kind and willing to help out. It’s been a tough year for our club first losing Bob Norris and now Walter, both who were pillars of our club and community.
    John and Iris

  22. On June 12, 2016 at 9:45 pm JoAnn Jones-Hole Said:

    Kay, and all the Wearmouth and Whitnack families,
    Sincere condolences on the passing of Walter, he will be missed by all who knew him.