WALKER

WALKER In loving memory of Dr. Leslie Arthur Walker, who passed away on November 16, 2005. Les was born November 10, 1916 in London, England and is survived by his two sons, David (Heather Sinton) and Allan (Brenda), his daughter, Diane (Gary) Shudra, and his grandchildren Colin (Nicole), Matthew (Nicole), Jessica, Laura, Megan, Stephen, Jillian, Cassandra and Rachelle. He is also survived by his sister, Mary and her children Eric and Ann of Polegate, England. Les was predeceased by his cherished wife, Grace in 2003. Les grew up in London, England and attended Optometric School before enlisting in the Royal Air Force during WWII. He was sent to Penhold, Alberta and trained to become a pilot, then on to Nanton to become a Flight Instructor. His next posting was Assiniboia, Saskatchewan where he trained RCAF pilots. It was there, through their mutual love of music, that he met and married Grace Curliss in May of 1943. In 1944 he returned to England where he completed his RAF service. Grace followed him to England and they remained there until 1947 at which time they returned to Canada along with son, David. Les then qualified for his license to practice Optometry in Canada. They settled in Lacombe in 1948. Les ran his optometric practice here until he sold it in the early 1980’s. He continued to work part time at his old practice into his 70’s. No one could ‘fit’ a pair of glasses quite the way Les could. In 1951, Les was one of a number of businessmen who chartered the Lacombe Rotary Club. Rotary became a very important part of his life and remained so right to the end. In recognition of his service to Rotary, he was awarded the Paul Harris Fellowship Award. He truly enjoyed the fellowship of Rotary and lived by the Rotary ‘Four-Way Test’ – “Of the things we think, say or do, Is it the truth? Is it fair to all concerned? Will it build goodwill and better friendships? Will it be beneficial to all concerned?” He was a true gentleman and will be missed by all who knew him. His independent spirit and remarkable determination were inspirational. A service to honor Les’ life will be held at Wilson’s Funeral Chapel, 6120 Highway 2A, Lacombe, Alberta on Tuesday, November 22, 2005 at 2:00 p.m. Cremation entrusted to Central Alberta Crematorium, Red Deer, Alberta. The family requests that in place of flowers, donations be made to the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada, 4322-52 Avenue, Red Deer, Alberta T4N 4J9. Expressions of sympathy may be forwarded to: wfch@telusplanet.net (subject Walker) WILSON’S FUNERAL CHAPEL serving Central Alberta with locations in Lacombe and Rimbey in charge of arrangements. 403.782.3366 403.843.3388 "A CARING FAMILY, CARING FOR FAMILIES"


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