OBITUARY

Walter Jack Tokarz

3 October , 192617 February , 2019

Passed away peacefully at Sakura House, Woodstock in his 93rd year, on Sunday February 17, 2019.

Born in Poland on October 3, 1926 to George and Nellie Tokarz. Beloved and most devoted husband of 68 years to Olive Jean (Wilson) (d. 2015). Loving and dedicated father to Diane (John) and Robert (d. 1986). Cherished grandfather to Lisa (Tim) and Brian (Stephanie). Amazing great-grandfather to Jaden, Logan, Trinity and Madison. Dearest brother to Ruth, Ed, Bob (Jan), Conrad and Ted (Susan). Predeceased by sisters Helen and Jennie (Joe) and brother James (Mary); brother-in-laws Robert and Jack and sister-in-laws Amy and Joan. Also survived by many nieces and nephews.

Curly will be lovingly remembered and sadly missed by his special friends Marg and Molly. Nothing gave him more pleasure than to be with his family. His friends will remember him for his kindness and willingness to lend a hand any time. He looked forward to his nightly Skype call with Diane. He was a member of the Royal Canadian Legion - Branch 190 for over 65 years. Curly was a proud Navy Veteran and loved to share his life stories with his family. He will be dearly missed by all those who knew and loved him. In keeping with his wishes, cremation has taken place. His family wishes to express their sincere thanks to the wonderful staff at Sakura House for their dignity, kindness and respect shown to him in his final days.

Family and friends are invited to his Celebration of Life at the Barthel Funeral Home, 566 Queenston Road in Preston, Cambridge (519) 653-3251 on Saturday, March 30th at 2 p.m. with Visitation one hour prior to the service from 1 - 1:45 p.m.

As an expression of sympathy, donations may be made to The Alzheimer’s Society, St. Luke’s Anglican Church in Cambridge, or Sakura House Hospice in Woodstock.

Services

30 March

Memorial Visitation

1:00 pm - 1:45 pm

Barthel Funeral Home

566 Queenston Road
Cambridge, Ontario N3H 3J8

30 March

Memorial Service

2:00 pm

Barthel Funeral Home

566 Queenston Road
Cambridge, Ontario N3H 3J8

REMEMBERING

Walter Jack Tokarz

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Tina Kitchen

26 February 2019

I will always remember Uncle Curly's wonderful smile and his laugh. Deepest condolences to the family. Have comfort in knowing that he is back with his son and the love of his life again.
Tina and Gary and family

Diane Michiels

21 February 2019

It's impossible for me to share just one memory, I have a lifetime of them. In the early 90's mom and dad moved to Cape Breton Nova Scotia. Mom's sister and her husband moved out there and she was very close to my Aunt Shirley and Uncle Vince. They were so very happy living on the ocean, mom cooking and cleaning and everyday visits with her sister. Dad loved it as much as mom did. He loved to fish, and went out with my Uncle to fish for Halibut and Lobster. It didn't take long for him to make friends with everyone. He'd fix their vehicles, shovel their snow, just always doing for others! When mom was diagnosed with Alzheimer's it was time to come back home. He cared for her until he was just worn out. Moving her to Hilltop Manor was the most difficult thing he ever had to cope with. Mom knew no different, but it took Dad months of guilty feelings that he let her down. Of course he didn't. He spent every afternoon for the 10 years she was there. Even when she wasn't mobile, couldn't speak, or feed herself, dad was there for her. He always said to me "Diane, she may not know who I am, but I know her" and I do believe she knew him till the moment she passed. That's the best memory that I will cherish forever. Love never dies. I'm comforted knowing that he is in Heaven with my mom and my dear brother Robert. You're happy now Dad. I'll miss you forever. xo

FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY