Walter Wilson Doyle
June 22, 1922 – July 6, 2018
Walter Wilson Doyle of Victoria, BC, died on July 6, 2018 at the age of 96. He was dearly loved and will be sadly missed by his wife of 68 years, Joy (Hollingsworth) Doyle, his children, Reg Doyle and Miriam (Bruce) Pyett, his grandchildren, Graham Pyett and Meredith (Liam) White, and numerous nieces and nephews.
Walter was the second youngest child born to Ferman and Cora (Foster) Doyle, and is the last of the eight siblings to pass away. He was raised on the family farm near Eldersley, SK, and was educated through grade 12 at Clashmoor School. Wally liked to joke that he held a high school reunion every summer because he was the only graduate the year he finished! Walter attended Normal School in Saskatoon and upon completion went off to teach at a rural one-room schoolhouse. His teaching career was cut short by WWII; he joined the RCAF and served as an armaments instructor before going overseas to England towards the end of the war. Upon leaving the Air Force, Walter went to the University of Saskatchewan and graduated with a B.S.A. (Mechanics) in 1951. While at university, he attended a reunion of his Normal School class where he met the lovely Joy Hollingsworth (whom he didn’t really know well when they were both in school). Sparks flew and they were married in 1950.
Less than a year later, they were off on a big adventure together. Walter and his pals, Jim Rooke and Art Strautman, went to the Anglo-Egyptian Sudan to manage a 10,000 acre farm project for the Food and Agriculture Organization. After a three-year stint in Africa, they returned to Saskatchewan where Walter worked for Allis-Chalmers and the Department of Agriculture Lands Branch before becoming the manager of the Saskatchewan Wheat Pool Farm Service Centre in Melfort. In 1976, he was offered his second African adventure directing a rain-fed wheat project in Zambia, another three-year project. Walter rounded out his career as the Director of Facilities and Equipment for the Farm Service Division of the Wheat Pool at the head office in Regina.
He retired in 1987 and moved to Victoria the following year so that he would never have to experience another Saskatchewan winter. He did, however, enjoy many Saskatchewan summers at the family cabin at Kipabiskau Lake. Walter was an active member of I.O.O.F. and Rotary. He served two terms as Councillor for the Saskatchewan Institute of Agrologists, was a director and then president of the Nipawin Credit Union, and served on Melfort Town Council for seven years. Before and after retirement, Wally and Joy loved to travel. In addition to their African adventures, they enjoyed trips to Europe, Israel, Ireland, China, Southeast Asia, Hawaii and more. As a Husband, Dad, Grandpa, Uncle and Friend, Wally was a kind, intelligent, easygoing and practical man who lived a long, full life...and we are celebrating that.
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Walter Wilson Doyle
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July 14, 2018
Wally often said that it was hard to tell when the Doyle’s stopped and the Berntson’s started. It was a friendship that originated 60 years ago in Nipawin and continued unabated despite many moves and changes in life circumstances for both families.
The one constant throughout was the summers spend side-by-side at Kipabiskau lake. The lakeside lots were picked out together the summer of 1964 and over the course of the next 45 years there weren’t many summer days when you couldn’t find Doyle’s and Berntson’s having fun at the lake. So many afternoons with Joy proclaiming to Isabel that it was ‘T time’ (which was really G&T time) – or Wally and Norm heading into Tisdale to golf over the lunch hour while the rest of the town stopped to .
So many memories: joint celebrations of birthdays, retirements, anniversaries, weddings; football games in Regina, ladies’ retreats, camping trips and overseas vacations; the annual Berntson/Doyle Christmas party – the list goes on and on. Through it all, an ever-expanding circle of children’s spouses and grandchildren added to the tremendous sense of two families journeying through life together. Through the tough times and the good, we could rely on each other for the love and support we needed.
To me personally Wally was a kind and generous man who treated me with respect no matter my age. He was always a supporter, encouraging me by telling me that he was confident I could achieve anything I put my mind to. I will miss his humour, his intelligence and his practical outlook on life.
These life passages help us to realize how important people are to living a fulfilled life – far beyond the material and circumstantial things we may encounter. Our lives have been immeasurably enriched by having Wally in them. Our thoughts are with Joy, Reg, Miriam, Bruce, Graham and Meredith, and all the extended family and friends touched by Wally. Verna, Jennifer, Mary and Catherine and I join you in celebrating a life well lived.