Walter Kenneth Knudsen

26 December , 194122 November , 2018

We are saddened to announce that Wally, our beloved husband, father and grandfather, passed away peacefully on Thursday, November 22, 2018 in Courtenay, BC at 76 years of age.

Born in Coronach, Saskatchewan, December 26, 1941, he was the second youngest of ten children. He spent his early years living and working on a dairy farm before moving into Regina as a teenager. It was there that he met the love of his life, Judy. Wally served on the Regina City Police Force before moving to St. Catharine’s Ontario, back to Regina, and then to Courtenay in 1973. He worked at the Elk Falls pulp and paper mill in Campbell River for most of his career, while raising his family. Never content to sit idle, he continued to work as a house painter after retirement from the mill.

Wally was kind, generous and even tempered. He had a strong sense of fair play and was always willing to help people in need. He had a lifelong passion for birds. He had pet owls and falcons on the farm in Saskatchewan and worked with a naturalist in his youth. He was skilled woodworker and carver and created many lifelike bird figurines, most of which went to family and friends as gifts.

Wally is predeceased by his daughter, Karen. He is survived by Judy, his wife on 53 years, his sons, Dan (Marcia) and Dave, and his grandchildren, Travis, Sydney, Kenneth and Cormac.

A Memorial Service will be held on Friday, November 30 at 1:00pm at Piercy’s Mt. Washington Funeral Home, 440 England Ave, Courtenay.


  • Memorial Service Friday, 30 November , 2018

Walter Kenneth Knudsen

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Raymond Knudsen

28 November 2018

Ray Knudsen
November 28, 2018

Walter (Wally) was only 2 years older than me and we grew up together, first on the farm near Coronach Saskatchewan, then on a farm close to Qu’Appelle; right across the road from our older brother Al (Alfred). After our dad Alfred passed in 1955 we moved into Regina and lived for a number of years with our mom Francis and older brother Harold.

Wally is predeceased by his parents, three older brothers, Harold, Leonard and Alfred; and one older sister Olive. He is survived by two brothers Ray (Regina), Bob (Moose Jaw) and three sisters Dorothy (Albuquerque NM), Francis (Scobey Montana) and Evelyn (Humboldt SK).

Coming from a big family, Wally enjoyed visiting with numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins. I looked up to my big brother as we grew up together and fondly remember trips to visit Wally and Judy and their family in Ontario, Regina and Vancouver Island, trying raw oysters in Courtenay and searching for Prairie Falcons in the Big Muddy area of Saskatchewan. I will never forget my brother Wally.
Wally is on the right side of this 1950’s photo, Ray on the left and our niece Gail in the foreground.


27 November 2018

As kids Uncle Wally was just like one of us kids. We along with the neighbor kids would all pile into his little green VW BUG and “ drive around” for a while!! We would laugh and keep going around until we couldn’t take any more!! Those memories of Uncle Wally and every summer we would go to Regina to see everyone. Grandma would put lunch on the table and we’d all sit around the table. Every time I looked at Uncle Wally he would wink at me!! He still is, winking from Heaven!!