J. Walter French

January 3, 2019 10 Condolences Print Obituary

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It is with deep sadness for our loss, but heartfelt gratitude for a life well lived that we announce the peaceful passing of J. Walter French on December 31, 2018.

Walter is survived by his wife and soulmate of 55 years, Pat, his son Ross, his brothers Clifford (Sharon) and John (Sharyn) and extended family.

He will also be missed by those who have become as family: Michael, John and Donna, Kent and Jessica, Rob and Deb, Lyle and Ann.

Sincere thanks to Dr. Trent Dusang for many years of compassionate care, and to Felix, Walter’s much loved caregiver.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Cross Cancer Institute or the Canadian Bible Society.

Celebration of Life
January 12, 2019 at 2PM
Southside Church of the Nazarene
10712 29 Avenue, Edmonton
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  1. Pat and Ross,
    Walter was a supportive teacher to me while I was trying to “find my way” at McNally. I’ve thought of him from time to time and wondered how he was doing. I’m sorry to here of his passing. He was a kind man.

  2. Since our move from SP we have been separated for a number of years but still have many memories of the French family. Please know that we have heartfelt sympathy for you. You have lost a loved one and we have lost a friend. A lovely picture you chose. Thank you.

  3. Pat,
    I’m so sorry to hear of Walter’s death! Losing a soulmate can not be easy, but I know that you have wonderful memories that will sustain you through the feelings of sadness and loss at this time.
    Hugs. Joy.

  4. I’m sorry to hear of the passing of “Mr French”. I’m sending my thoughts and prayers from the UK. Lots of love to you all!

    I’m sure my dad and Walter will kick back and have nice cold brew together xxx

  5. Hi Pat & Ross,

    Well Walter has not had an easy time of it much less his caregivers. As soon as I read the Obituary it brought back some many memories of the both of you.
    Just to let you know that Sandy and myself are thinking about you at this time and the time you will now have without him.
    Relish and remember the good old days” that the both of you had with Walter.

  6. Dear Pat and Ross: I’m so sad to hear of Walter’s passing, and your great loss. You were such a team. I think of you all often, with fondness. I hope that you derive some comfort from the many lives you both have touched. Fond regards, Marlyn

  7. We are so deeply saddened to learn of Walters passing. Though it’s a great loss for you and Ross, Pat, we’re sure that is a relief to him to be free of his suffering. I remember how frustrated he was when the implant affected his speech. Our thoughts are with you both now and in the coming days.

  8. Pat,
    Steve and I are very sorry for your loss. Take care, Suzanne

  9. Mr French was a great teacher and friend. I was in his home room in 1964-65 and valued my time with him. I had not seen him for many years, but will never forget him. I was said to learn of his passing, and it was nice to see his photo on this memoriam page. Many thanks to him for his kindness and support long ago.

  10. Dear Pat,

    We’re reminiscing about you two today then discovered and read the news about Walter. Am embarrassed and apologize for not reaching out sooner.
    His natural way of caring for all individuals was truly genuine.
    Very smart, worldly wonderful man, had the great fortune of having him as my teacher for my years over at McNally.
    He played a big part in my life and I respected him immensely.
    You guys were incredibly supportive for us during a difficult time and we will never forget Walter and you of course as well Pat.
    Sincerest regards,

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