15 February, 1955 – 26 March, 2020
Walter Adolph (Wally) passed away peacefully in Calgary on March 26, 2020 at the age of 65 with his wife Sharon and his children Bryan and Nicole by his side. We are comforted in knowing that he is at rest and he can now stop fighting this relentless disease.
Walter was the second of four children born to Selma and Herbert Adolph in Edmonton on February 15, 1955 and was an Oiler/Eskimo fan to end despite his 30 year residency in Calgary. Wally received his mechanical engineering degree in 1977 with honours and pursued a career as an Information Technical Systems Analyst. He attained his Master’s degree in business in 1987 while working full time and raising a young family. Walter met his wife Sharon at a Beach Boys concert in Edmonton on July 18, 1978 and married the love of his life at her parents home in Calgary on May 24, 1980. His first child Bryan was born in St. Albert on Sept 21, 1983 and his daughter Nicole on June 11, 1985. They lived in Edmonton/St. Albert for 10 years and moved to Calgary pursuing a new job with Trans Canada Utilities in 1990. He was a man of strong ethics and placed the value of fairness as a high priority in his approach to life and problem solving. Many happy stories over the years have been shared by his siblings of the times spent at their cabin in Lac la Nun west of Edmonton. His work provided him with many traveling opportunities to Germany, England, USA, and a three year stay in Australia. Gathering information with the intent of using it as a reference for future decision making (including our family spending) was something he spent many hours on the computer perfecting. Volunteering for the Fish Creek Hockey Association and the Bow Valley Hockey Association for 20 years consecutively fulfilled his passion for becoming a scheduling guru. Tinkering in his wood shop building outdoor furniture and helping his family with any “fix it” projects that may arise gave him great pleasure. As a runner and a golfer Walter was able to stay in shape and fulfilled his passion for the outdoors. Spending time at his retreat property in Invermere allowed family to share time together and build wonderful memories, which we will hold on to forever. Walter’s love for his family ran deep as was evident with decisions he made were done with them in mind first. If anyone needed help he would be there with ways, means and an action plan in place. He had a stubborn streak but behind every view the idea of fairness was the underlying anchor. Walter was an amazing person to know and he touched people with his kindness. He will live in the hearts of many.
Walter will be lovingly missed by his wife Sharon; his children Bryan (MaryAnn) and Nicole (Todd); his three grandchildren Keala, Savannah, Noelle and baby boy to be; his siblings Rolf Adolph (Cheri), Claudia Littlefair (Dave), Renata; his siblings-in-law Richard Bryant (Heather), Randy Bryant (Deb), and Dave Bryant (Val) and his many nieces, nephews, their spouses and their children.
The family would like to thank the Palliative Home Care Services and the Community Paramedic Services for their amazing care and support during this last month. The Tom Baker Cancer Center and their health care workers have been a godsend throughout this journey.
If friends so desire, memorial tributes can be made to the Calgary Health Trust, specifically to the Palliative Home Care Services or Community Paramedic Services (under designation you will have the option to select another unit and to specify either Palliative Home Care Services or Community Paramedic Services) or to the Tom Baker Cancer Centre.
Give the current situation we will be unable to have a celebration of his life at this time. We are hoping to be able to do that later in the spring or summer when the pandemic has ended.
No public services are scheduled at this time. Receive a notification when services are updated.
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18 July 2020
My deepest condolences Sharon, Bryan and Nicole. Walter was a great man, who loved you all deeply. My thoughts are with you all.
13 April 2020
Sharon and family, I share my deepest condolences in your loss. My heart is heavy as I reflect on our time together. I have very fond memories of working with Walter over the nine years at TransCanada and following when he was on contract. Without his support I would not be where I am today! It was always fun to connect with him and learn the latest on what he had done to improve his hockey schedule tool. He will be missed!
6 April 2020
Walter. (And Sharon) were always great company. Walters dry sense of humour made our time together so much fun. My best memories of Walter are on the golf course in Canada and vacationing in Cabo. A perfect gentleman on the course until the19 th hole! I'll miss you my friend, especially the 19th hole part.
6 April 2020
Sharon, Nicole, & Bryan;
Amba & I extend our deepest heart-felt condolences on the passing of such a marvelous friend and wish you all strength in this difficult time.
I first met Wally in 1963 when I was 7 out at Lac la Nonne as we moved into the lake lot next door. From then on I looked forward to weekend trips to the lake and joining Wally & Rolf in all the fun activities we shared - building ‘stuff’, boating, swimming, water-skiing, biking, playing football, soccer, or whatever your fun-loving guy would dream-up. He was the leader of our ‘Rat Pack’.
After grade school we crossed paths at the U of A and as was his nature he displayed compassion by including me in his social circle, but this time it was for pub-crawls and keg parties!
Our career paths and geographic distance saw us move apart but Wally and the Adolphs were and are always in our thoughts. I feel very fortunate that Wally reached out last fall and shared with us his battle with the illness. In checking my family photo album I was surprised it held only one photo of Wally and the Rat Pack. But it doesn’t matter because the images of the countless fun times we shared together are forever etched into my memory.
3 April 2020
Dear Sharon, Bryan and Nicole,
We are so sorry for your loss and we are thinking of you and all of your family during this difficult time. Walter was a wonderful person and we could see how much he loved his family and was loved by you. We first got to know about Walter through his dedicated volunteer work with the Midnapore Hockey Association and the countless hours he put into scheduling ice times for minor hockey. He made a positive difference to many people in his life and will be dearly missed. We hope many good memories comfort you and stay with you always.
Janice and Dave Fisher
1 April 2020
Sharon , Pats and I are so sorry to hear about Walter,
I can't tell you how much I respected and admired Walter.
He really made a difference and I am honored to know him.
Please let us know if there is anything we can do to help you or your family out. Thanks Lew
1 April 2020
Sharon and your family, we are so sad for your loss and words can't express our sorrow. He's gone too soon.
Walter was a great friend, always willing to lend a helping hand.
He had a wonderful, quirky sense of humour and made us all laugh a lot.
We had a lot of good times together and will miss him greatly. We were lucky to have him in our lives for so many years.
He'll always be in our hearts with fond memories.
Joan and Brock
31 March 2020
I had the privilege of working with Walter for a number of years, on projects at Petro-Canada / Suncor.
Walter was one of those rare people who was genuinely interested in you as a person. He always took time to share and to teach, and he found humor along the way - no matter how stressful or challenging work became. He was also smart - the deep sort of technical smart that knew how to drive to the solution through sheer commitment.
He will be remembered fondly and missed by those who got to know him.
31 March 2020
Sharon, Bryan, Nicole and extended families,
I would like to send my deepest feeling of sadness and sympathy to all of you. Words can't express how sorry I am for your loss.
One of my favorite memories include curling with Walter and Sharon. Walter was such a excellent athlete and excelled at every sport he did. Curling was one of the sports he loved and did so well. He never cared if you missed a shot. He would just smile.
Wally was always one to give you a smile and encourage everyone around him.
I feel so lucky to have had him as a friend for so many years.
Kindest condolences, Cindy and David
31 March 2020
I don't think I've met a more serious yet goofy man. You taught me more things than I can count, especially while out at the lake. I’m often reminded of you giving me the "thumb's up" when telling me the story of why you need to be safe when using the table saw and it always puts a smile on my face. You were an amazing Uncle, and no family gathering will be the same. We all miss you.
Tom, Janice & Caleb.
31 March 2020
I met Walter through my position as a board member with the Bow River Minor Hockey Association and we worked together for four years. Walter provided ice scheduling expertise for BRMHA and he also assisted Hockey Calgary with their overall ice scheduling logistics. I enjoyed my interactions with Walter and it seemed he loved to make a positive difference in the lives of youthful hockey players by leveraging his knowledge and passion in scheduling. I last spoke to Walter over a year ago in response to his email; he told me about his battle with cancer and we had a meaningful conversation ending with him stating he was going to fight it head-on with everything he had, drawing energy from the love of his family. My deepest condolences to Walter's immediate family - Sharon and his children Bryan and Nicole - and his extended family. RIP Walter and thank you for making our community a better place!
Dean Holden, former 1st VP
Bow River Minor Hockey Association
30 March 2020
Sharon and family,
Working with Walter at the Bow River Bruins Hockey Association these past several years has been an absolute pleasure. He was always eager to share his wisdom and a story, and I was always happy to listen. He did amazing work for our minor hockey association and he will be greatly missed. I offer my deepest condolences to you and all of your loved ones during this difficult time.