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Walter Kazimierz Lopata

11 March, 194715 March, 2021
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It is with shattered hearts, we announce the sudden and unexpected passing of our rock, Walter, at the age of 74. Loving husband and best friend of Jo Anne for 50 years. Devoted Dad to Jodie, Danielle (Tim) and Angela (Vince). Proud Papa of Michelle, Brittany, Cassie, Austyn, Matthew, Peter, Joseph and Michael. He is survived by his sister Barbara (Jerry) Bartczak, his sister-in-laws Dianne Keasey and Jackie Morden and his many nieces and nephews. Proud employee of the Region of Halton. He will sadly be missed by his work family and his many friends. He was an avid, livid and disgustingly loyal fan to the Toronto Maple Leafs. All visitors will be required to wear a face covering, as well as provide name and telephone number to funeral home staff. Friends and family are invited to the MARLATT FUNERAL HOME & CREMATION CENTRE, 615 Main Street East, Hamilton, on Thursday March 18, 2021 from 2-4 pm and 6-8 pm. Visitation will be by appointment only, please call the funeral home at 905-528-6303 to schedule a time. Private family service to take place on Friday. Please visit www.stpatrickshamilton.ca to live stream the service at 10am. Please follow the directions of the funeral home staff upon arrival.

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  • Visitation *By Appointment Only*

    Thursday, 18 March , 2021

  • Visitation *By Appointment Only*

    Thursday, 18 March , 2021

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Walter Kazimierz Lopata

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Dano Versluis-Lopata

16 April 2021

Hi Dad,
Britt had applied to The Region in early March, for an internship, and a full time position, you kept asking if she had heard anything, you were so happy she applied. Unfortunately, Britt received the news just over a week after you passed that she had been chosen out of many to interview for both positions. So, April 8th and April 12th were the interviews and she was so amazing in them, it was so awesome to listen to her on zoom with 3 people drilling her. They told her she was so confident with her answers, that she should conduct the interviews, and so on.
Both positions said they would be in contact within 2-3 weeks regardless of their decision.
Well, April 15th, Britt received a call from Halton and they offered her a full time Technician Engineer position. (So much for 2-3 weeks)
Britt is now an employee with the company you worked with for over 20 years, just in a different department. Region of Halton, you now have employed someone who will do her best to measure up to her Papas reputation.
I didn’t realize until today, that Britt received that offer on the 1 month anniversary of your passing, I told her that was you letting her know you knew and saying Hello. Xoxo
I miss being able to call you to share all my thoughts and seeing your smile, and feeling your heartfelt hugs. Love you so much dad. 💜🥰💜

Hali Carlson

8 April 2021

Dear Uncle Walter,

By watching you, I learned to be resilient, strong, honest, and kind. By listening to you, I gained courage and self-confidence, always at moments when I needed it the most. Thank you for your quiet guidance.

I do not know how and when I am meant to leave this world, but what I do know is how I want to feel when I get there. I want to believe, deep in my soul, I was a good person. I want to have felt true love. I want to be able to say I lived honestly, and to be able to sleep with a clear conscience. I want to have treated people the way I wish to be treated. I want to have shown humility - talk less and listen more. I want to have chosen, being at peace over being right. I want to have always been true to my word, and to have been decent to those who have been so good to me.

I believe my Uncle Walt accomplished all of that and then some.

My Uncle never had to work at making friends and gaining people’s respect, he just simply earned it by being the amazing human he was.

Death has no ego. My Uncle Walt had no ego. He was who he was, and that was enough. More than enough. We should all feel that way.

I know people who are more careful of their money than they are of their principles. Having all the money in the world will not mean a thing when it is our time to go. Cherish and honor your principles like my Uncle did.

He loved my Aunt Jo fiercely and his girls, Jodie, Danielle, and Angela – you were his world. He cherished his sons-in-law Bob, Vince and Tim. His grandchildren never wanted for anything, you were all his priority, and he took pride at every game, competition, event, or school function that each of you were a part of.

I can't imagine a better feeling or legacy to leave behind than that.
Love you always & Forever Uncle Walt

Dano Versluis-Lopata

4 April 2021

Happy Easter Dad!
We had all the fixings today. Turkey, roast beef, ham, potatoes, veggies and of course dinner rolls! Really did ourselves in with the desserts though. I know you were here with us, just wish that I could’ve had the hug goodnight and thanks for dinner and a good time Dano. Missing you so much! I love you dad, til we meet again 💜xoxo

Danielle Versluis-Lopata

26 March 2021

Hi Dad
Britt got an email last night (March 25th) from the Region of Halton for an interview. She started to cry when she opened it, she was overjoyed and saddened as all she wanted to do was call and tell you about it, She got her grad photo proofs too, you would love them.
You’ve been working little magical miracles this week, letting us all know you are close.
Monday I put Pete’s grad photo over your tv, that afternoon he got an email from school giving him access to the civics half credit he needed to graduate (the one we kept being told he would have to take in summer school)
Then Tuesday I went back to serve at ESM for the first time since December and after my shift I opened an email from H&R Block showing me that I was scheduled 6 shifts the following week. I guess that was your way of reminding me you and mom didn’t want me working at ESM anymore. Thursday I also received a blank text from you, I froze, then was so happy. I feel like you were letting me know you were watching over and you were okay.
I love you so much and miss you even more.
Til we meet again dad 💜 xoxo

Melissa Kosterewa

25 March 2021

I am very sorry to hear of Walter's passing. He immediately brightened everyone's day in the workplace. No matter what job was in the works, he'd be sure to stop and chat. He always had a kind word and loved telling stories of his family. Walt was the best electrician; he'd be able to walk me through a problem over the phone, without even needing to look at the panel! Walt was just that kind of person you always wanted to be around, he will be missed by everyone. My heart goes out to Walter's friends and family.

Laura Roles

21 March 2021

What a week it has been Walt since you received your wings. Your spectacular being has left hearts broken but it is your beautiful essence that will continue to guide everyone one day at a time. Thank you for your love, smiles and hugs. I know you have been watching over my niece this week during her transplant, thank you. Until we meet again dear man.

Angela Lopata -Clayton

21 March 2021

Dad
I’m not really sure where to start. You were and forever will be my rock and the void I feel is deep without you here

I was thinking of life and my highlight reel of memories , and everyone of them includes you in it.
We had some amazing trips. From our road-trips to Petawawa to our backcountry drives in Alberta. We covered some serious ground. I’m so thankful for those countless hours in the passenger seat next to you.

I could call you from an anywhere, lost, and you would be able to tell me exactly how to get to the road I needed and where to turn.

You could alleviate my fears in an instant and dry my tears with one embrace.

I’m so blessed to be your daughter. I will never stop speaking to you and reaching for your advise. The world was a better place because of you.

To know you was to love you, and to be loved by you was the ultimate gift.

Love you most ...better...best.

Joanne Gagne

19 March 2021

Walter. I’m so sorry to hear of your passing.
You were n always will be an amazing Husband, father n grandfather. I knew when I met you how big your heart was
Rest In Peace Walter . You will be . missed ❤️

A & G Minicucci & Saturnino

19 March 2021

Dear Matthew and Family, we were very saddened to hear of the passing of your grandfather. We would like to express our deepest condolences to the Lopato and Clayton Families during this difficult time. We are keeping you in our thoughts and prayers.

Donna Patricia Lowe

19 March 2021

Walter, you’ve been a very good and precious friend to me over the years especially knowing one from the years we grew up in Virginiatown/Kearns. My heart was truly broken when it was related to me of your passing. Such a shock for myself and those who knew you! A lovely and kind gentleman all the years I’ve known you and I’m sure without a doubt that you have touched so many lives with your gentleness. Jo-Anne, I’m so very saddened for the loss of your beloved husband and also to your daughters who have lost their father. Extending my sincerest sympathies to you and all the families. Sending much love and ((hugs)) ❤️❤️

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