Walter Charles Jones (June 25, 1928 - October 5, 2018)
Passed away peacefully at the Michael Garron Hospital in Toronto on Friday, October 5th, 2018 at the age of 90 years, surrounded by his loving family. Beloved husband of Dilys; predeceased by his first wife Phyllis.
Walter was a special father and grandfather and will be greatly missed by his children Lynda (Danny) and Stephen and his stepchildren David (Lisa), Janice (Gabe), Lise (John) and Meryl (Daniel) and grandchildren Paul (Shirley), Jennifer (Cory), Jacob and Emma, always reminding them, don’t take any wooden nickels. He will also be missed by his cousins, Lillian, Beverley and Doug in Windsor, Ontario.
Walter spent his entire 40-year career at Aetna Canada (Excelsior Life), starting as a young underwriter and ending there as Vice-President. He was a kind, gentle, ethical and generous man. He was very active in East York, serving as Chair of the Toronto East General Hospital Foundation Board and the Hospital’s Board of Governors, President of the East York Kiwanis Club and President of the Don Mills Provincial PC Association.
Walter was a life-long Anglican and was fully engaged in the life of the church. He was a proud former President of the Anglican Young Peoples Association (AYPA) and travelled across Canada, visiting young Anglicans from Newfoundland to British Columbia. He was an active volunteer for over 30 years at the Michael Garron Hospital (formerly Toronto East General Hospital) and cherished his time volunteering as the pianist at the ecumenical services in the long-term care unit.
Walter was a voracious reader and was known to have three or four books on the go at any given time. He loved politics, history, music, a good martini and anything Welsh, and was always up for a spirited debate with family and friends.
A long-time member of The Toronto Hunt, Walter played golf with the Royal and Ancients just a few days before he fell ill.
The family wish to thank the staff of the B3 unit at Michael Garron Hospital for their skills and caring during Walter’s short stay. Funeral Mass will take place at The Church of St. Jude (Wexford), 10 Howarth Avenue, Scarborough, M1R 1H4 at 10.30 a.m. on Saturday, October 13th. Visitation will be at the Church from 9 a.m. Donations in Walter’s memory may be made to St. Jude’s (Wexford) Anglican Church or the Michael Garron Hospital.