Walter (Wally) Lawrence Yanish

February 9, 1957 - April 17, 2024
April 22, 2024 11 Condolences Print Obituary Send Flowers

We are saddened to announce the passing of our beloved husband, son, brother, and uncle, Wally Yanish who passed away on April 17, 2024 at the age of 67. He is survived by his loving partner, Susan, mother, Rowena, siblings, Steve (Tami), David (Shelley), and Christine; his sons (Tyler and Shane) and his stepchildren (Ricky and wife Allison and Ashley). Wally was predeceased by his father, Walter Yanish Sr.

Wally was born in Jasper and lived in Edmonton. He worked for many years at Levitt Safety and was proud of his accomplishments. He was a very dedicated and hard working individual who thoroughly enjoyed his work and colleagues. Moreover, Wally enjoyed spending time with his significant other where they traveled to the mountains or coast. Chatting with the many friends in his community, helping elderly folks in need, and giving treats to others were the characteristics of our Wally.

The impact Wally had on those who knew him cannot be overstated; he leaves behind countless friends whose lives were enriched by the time spent with him. His infectious laughter, silly jokes, and outgoing personality could light up any room while his unwavering loyalty provided comfort during times of need. Although spending nearly all his life in Edmonton, he had an uncanny loyalty to the Toronto Maple Leafs and was a virtual encyclopedia of hockey knowledge and statistics. He was also an avid music lover who loved to play his collection of golden oldies.

Wally (Gator) will forever remain in the hearts of everyone who knew him.

A Celebration of Life will be held at The Bonnie Doon Community hall, 9240-93 Street, Edmonton between 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM Saturday, May 4, 2024.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Cross Cancer Institute and the Red Cross. Photos, memories, and condolences may be shared through

  1. We were so shocked to hear the sad news about Wally’s passing.
    Wally was the nicest friend/family you could ever meet and have.
    Wally always had a smile on his face and always had a joke ready for you that he would share with you. He always made our day.
    Our deepest condolences to the entire family, our prayers and thoughts are with you all at this very difficult time.
    Wally will be very dearly missed, may he rest in peace🙏🏽
    Nindy and Harb.

  2. My deepest condolences to Sue and Wally’s family. I was very shocked to hear that Wally had passed away. It is never easy losing a loved one. My prayers are with you and your family always. Wally was a wonderful person. He had such a good personality. Always very bubbly and always joking around. He will be sadly missed once again. My deepest condolences. May God’s blessings be with you and your family Jackie.

  3. Our deepest condolences to the family,
    Our prayers and thoughts are with you all in this difficult time.
    RIP Wally
    Uncle Roland & Dianne

  4. I am so sad to hear of Wally’s passing. He was one of my favourite people. Always kind and helpful and caring. We have lost one of the good ones.

  5. Steve and Family,
    My deepest condolences on the passing of a dear friend and your brother Wally. It’s with a sad heart that he is no longer with us in body. He is however still with us in our hearts. I am sure the loudest cheer I heard last night after the Leafs beat the bruins was Wally. In our youth (like 51 years ago) Wally and I would pretend we were Darryl Sittler and Börje Salming while shooting tennis balls on your parents garage door. Good Grief, where did the last 50 years go. So many memories of us in high school, and time with our other brothers in such a tight group of friends was still have to this day. Wally’s passing will leave that tight group of friends / brothers with a loss that hits deep. We will see you again my dear friend and brother when it’s our time to leave this world. Until then, I know you will be right beside me during the Leaf’s future games….

  6. Susan…we are still in shock over the news that Wally had passed…please accept our condolences and we hope you are doing okay.
    We didn’t know Wally very well except for our brief encounters at the casino playing Dancing Drums…He was a great guy, full of jokes, and loved to talk about hockey and rock bands…
    It won’t be the same world without him…and will cheer for the Maple Leafs for him…
    Chris & Darlene Matthews

  7. Wally will be misse. He always came into work with a music trivia or hockey story(go Leafs). We joked around and laughed hard usually at inappropriate jokes about the Bruins. It is always keen to remember the man not by how he passed but by how Wally lived, with a song in his heart and a smile on his face.

  8. I was shocked to hear the news of his passing. I will miss Wally dearly. He was a very positive, friendly and kind person…we would always talk about the Maple Leafs, Oilers ,everything else and fist bumps!

    things will not be the same at work, but he will never be forgotten.

  9. My deepest condolence to wally family.
    He will be deeply miss. Miss his silly jokes. And he alway wanted to bet a dunkin donut or a tim hortons coffee on sport with me. But he owe me more dunkin coffee because he let me have first pick. He knew a lot about american sport. Plus iam a Patriots fan and we had tom brady #1 quarter back. Rest in peace wally.


  10. I am very sorry to hear that Wally has passed away. He worked with us at Standard Safety for several years and was a great guy. He was a good person, a conscientious co-worker and had an unbeatable flair for light hearted comments. His knowledge of sports events and stats was world class. My condolences to the family.

  11. Our deepest sympathy to the bereaved family and knowing Wally is in a better place now with His creator gives us comfort. Wally is very energetic and is a friend of the Edo Japan Bonniedoon Staff. He never fails to stop by and say Hi when He is not ordering His favorite, sizzling shrimps well done. We will miss chatting with him and will always remember him as a very cheerful person. We will miss you Wally! May you rest in peace.

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