Passed away peacefully after a long struggle with COPD with family by his side at the Leamington Hospital on January 23, 2013 at 89 years of age just shy of 90 by three days. Treasured and devoted husband of the late Vera (nee Read-2006). Loving father of Robert and wife Pam Garrod. Step-grandfather of David and Karen. Grateful to have been great-grandfather to Tristan, Devon, Savannah and Luca Gerard. Loved brother of Helen, wife of the late James (Cy) Beaudette, Rose, wife of the late Wally Fales, the late George (Irvin) and wife Madeline Garrod, late Wesley, husband of Ruth Garrod, Grant, husband of the late Rosemary Garrod, Joyce and husband Roland St. Pierre, Regina Garrod, Delia and late husband Vince Loebach, Winnie and husband Cecil Brown. Brother-in-law of the late Norman Read, Daphne and the late George Adams all of England. Also survived by many nieces and nephews both in Canada and England. Walter was a Veteran of WWII serving with the Ontario Tank Regiment in the Italian Campaign. He was a former employee of British Aircraft Corporation and later became a Conservancy Officer for Telford Corporation in England. Walter was a member of the Royal Canadian Legion # 201 Essex. He was also an active volunteer with Meals on Wheels and at the Iler Lodge in Essex. Walter enjoyed ten pin bowling, gardening and was a longtime soccer and Detroit Tigers fan. Special thanks to Sara at Iler Lodge and her whole team; visiting caregivers; the dedicated staff of Leamington Hospital – Second floor, the Respiratory and ER Teams, Katherine Groenewegen NP and Doctors. Visiting Friday at the Kennedy Funeral Home Ltd. (519-776-7378) 128 Talbot Street North from 2-5 & 7-9 p.m. Legion service Friday at 7:30 p.m. followed by Parish Prayers at 8 p.m. On Saturday, friends are invited to meet the family after 9:30 a.m. at Holy Name of Jesus Church (146 Talbot St. South, Essex) followed by the Mass of Christian Burial at 10:30 a.m. Interment will follow at Heavenly Rest Cemetery. Donations may be made to the Ontario Lung Association or the Leamington Hospital Foundation. You may send your condolences online at



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