Walter A. Hadden

29 March, 192310 October, 2012

Surrounded by family, Walter passed away peacefully at home on October 9, 2012 in his 89th year. Born in Toronto in 1923, parents William and Sadie Hadden (both deceased), brother of late Eugene, Lorna, and Albert. Survived by his loving wife, Evelyn (Williams, Galbraith), and three children, James, Susan (James), and Carolyn (Colin) all of Windsor. Step-father to the late David Williams (Carol), Robert (Sherry), Jeffrey (Rhonda), Stuart, Alice (Bryan) and daughter-in-law Jennifer. Grampa to seven wonderful grand children, Corey (Alicia), Kurtis, Kristin (Jeff), Sarah (Ryan), Emily, Joshua and Kira. Adopted “Dad” of Shari Cunningham and Dave Langstone. Following overseas service in the Royal Canadian Air Force during WW II, Walter entered the automotive parts industry as a sales trainee with Champion Spark Plug Company of Canada in 1947. He moved from Toronto to Winnipeg in 1954, then to Windsor where in 1973 he was appointed president and CEO of the company, retiring in 1985. During his successful business career, he gave back to the industry by serving in various leadership roles with the Automotive Industries Association of Canada, becoming its elected president. He involved himself in several community organizations including the Windsor Family YMCA, the Salvation Army Advisory Board, and the Willistead Manor Board. He was a 55-year member of the Rotary Club of Windsor, and an active member of Temple Baptist / Banwell Community Church serving in various capacities over many years. Walter co-founded DIRECTION 2000, a group of local retired CEO’s committed to improvement of community quality-of-life. He originated the idea of a civic beautification program sponsored and promoted by the Windsor Star. Following cremation, remains will be moved to the Algonquin Park region where in “God’s Country” Walter enjoyed so many happy times with family and friends. A special thankyou to Walter’s awesome caregivers Francine, Abe, Lacey and Steve. Flowers gratefully declined but memorials may be given to Banwell Community Church Memorial Fund, Salvation Army – Windsor Division or the Rotary Club (1918) of Windsor.


  • Visitation

    Friday, 12 October , 2012

  • Visitation

    Friday, 12 October , 2012

  • Visitation

    Saturday, 13 October , 2012

  • Funeral Service

    Saturday, 13 October , 2012


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William C. Smith

22 October 2012

Jim and the Hadden Family:
We are so sorry to hear the news about Dad as we were out of town and unable to attend his service. Please accept our deepest condolences and know you are in our thoughts and prayers at this time. Dad was a great community leader and friend to many and he will be missed.
Bill, Linda Smith & Family
And all Your Friends at Electrozad.

Mike Moumouris

19 October 2012

My deepest sympathy to you and all your family.
I worked with the Champion boys in Toronto, they always spoke highly of Walter.

Karla Hodgins

16 October 2012

I was out of town for a few days and just heard of your father's passing. My sincere condolences on your loss.

Jenn, Roy, Jasmine, Alanna and Michelle

15 October 2012

We were so sorry that we could not be there with your all. You are all in our thoughts and prayers during this time of sorrow and loss.

Marg & Jerry Kennedy

13 October 2012


Jackie & Tom Ion

13 October 2012

Sue, Carolyn, Jim, Evelyn and Family:
Our sincerest condolences for the loss of your Father and Husband. May you find comfort in your fondest memories of him, and know that his Legacy will live in your hearts forever!

Greg Stone

12 October 2012

Dear Evelyn,

Our sincerest condolences on the passing of Walter. He was a fine gentleman. He was also a very successful self-made business person, who was one of the pinnacles of the Automotive Aftermarket in Canada.

He was always fun to be with and we had many good times together.

Our thoughts and prayers are with and your family at this time.


Greg and Shirley Stone
London, Ontario

12 October 2012

Dear Evelyn and Family
We were so sorry to read of Walter's death in the Globe yesterday. Our family has so many happy memories of you at Bondi, where all the children wished Uncle Walter were their uncle. Walter was a gentleman in the truest sense of the word. Our thoughts are with you.
Stewart and Linda Pugsley
Burlington ON

12 October 2012

Jim, Carolyn, Susan and Mrs "Hadden"....I just heard of your loss from my brother..please accept my deepest sympathies. I will always remember the good times I shared at your home..especially the touch football games in the back yard. My heart and thoughts are with you all.

12 October 2012

Dear Sue and Carolyn,

So sorry for the loss of your father. He was such a kind and gentle man. I will definitely miss his smiling face.

From the Family