It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Walter Robert Read.
Walter was born in Moosejaw, Sask on September 12, 1937 and passed away peacefully in his sleep on July 11, 2015.
He moved to B.C. with his family at the age of four. He got most of his schooling on Vancouver Island where he also learned to play the piano accordion and carried on to play in the school orchestra.
Walter was a true family man as well as a logger, truck driver, farmer, cowboy and cattleman. He created a very sought after herd of Red Angus cattle on the family farm on Savory Road west of Fraser Lake.
When we moved to Savory Road there wasn’t enough land cleared to swing a cat so we worked hard for over thirty years to get it into production complete with a gravity fed irrigation system which was envied by m any farmer near & far.
Walter’s entertainment was to go to the Vanderhoof Cattle Auctions where he could visit with other cattlemen and share a cup of coff ee and an apple fritter with his friends.
He always wanted to build a big hay shed so he wouldn’t have to use hay tarps anymore. Well, he finally got his shed this summer but unfortunately never got to use it. We bought a fifth wheel travel trailer planning to take a few trips…very few were taken, we were always too busy! Last year we got two miniature donkey’s so we could retire on our asses. We never got round to that either! But I know in my heart that Walter just wouldn’t have been able to retire as most people think to do at that stage in their lives. He was a doer, a worker and that is what he loved to do…was work.
Walter is survived by his loving wife Audrey of 59 years, daughter’s Debbie (John), Shannon (Russell), sons Calvin (Brenda), Bruce (Jean) Grandchildren: Clinton (Angie), Anyla, Logan, Jody, Tehya (Clem), Fraser (Marissa), Tanis (Clay) and Lane (Ashlee). Great grand children: Taylor, Prentis, Carter and Kenzie. Predeceased by daughter Shelley and son Bobby.
Rest in peace Walter, you have earned it.