Walter Don Haines, son of the late Norman and Georgina Haines, passed away peacefully surrounded by his loving family on May 19, 2018 at the Crowsnest Pass Health Care Centre. He was 66 years of age.
Walter and his then wife, Donna moved to the Crowsnest Pass, AB in 1972. They were blessed with a daughter, Linda who gifted them with twins, Owen and Kyra, as well as Noah – grandchildren who will miss Grampa Walter very much. Their son, Terry provided a granddaughter, Tanika for Grampa Walter to spoil. Walter met his beloved wife, Tracy in 2002, and they were happily married for sixteen years. Tracy brought to the family her daughters, Amber and Crystal who presently reside in Ontario.
Walter was a hardworking man. When employed at Philips Cable, he was a union rep and he planned many parties for his co-workers. When the plant closed, Walter worked at Fording River for over thirty-six years until he retired on January 7, 2018. While in the hospital, Walter was visited by many of his friends and coworkers from the mine. They shared their favourite memories of Walter and told of his jokes and antics at work.
Walter will be lovingly remembered by his wife, Tracy; his daughter, Linda (Phil); his son, Terry (Kelli); his stepdaughters, Amber and Crystal; his brother, Scott (Patricia) Haines; his grandchildren, Tanika, Owen, Kyra and Noah; step-grandchildren, Coralean, Rosalee and Kaanan; as well as his nieces, nephews and many cousins.
He was predeceased by his parents, Norman Haines and Georgina Haines (Née: Harris), and his brothers, Percy Dingman, Norman “Red” Haines and Fred Haines.
Walter was diagnosed with bladder cancer in March – a rapidly spreading cancer against which there was no defense. A very special thank you goes to Walter’s cousin and Tracy’s best friend, Marie Roy for all of her support during this difficult time. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations will be gratefully accepted by the Alberta Cancer Foundation (www.albertacancer.ca/donate/in-memory, or 710 – 10123, 99 St., Edmonton, AB T5J 3H1). Condolences may be registered at www.fantinsfuneralchapel.ca.
Fantin’s Funeral Chapel entrusted with the arrangements. (403) 562-8555