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Hulse & English Funeral Home & Chapel

75 Church Street, St. Catharines, ON

OBITUARY

Walter George Haldorson

December 25, 1930March 11, 2020

HALDORSON, Walter George

Peacefully on Wednesday, March 11th, 2020 at Anchor Point Retirement Residence, in his 90th year. Walter, beloved husband of the late Elaine. Dear father of Melanie and Stephen (Alicia). Devoted grandfather of Morgon, Cory, Meghan, Brianne, Sean, Shannon and Braydon and great grandfather of Beatrix. Lovingly remembered by his sisters Marilyn (Laverne) and Alice, and his many nieces and nephews, predeceased by his sister Gladys.

The family will receive friends at the Hulse & English Funeral Home & Chapel, 75 Church St, St. Catharines 905-684-6346 on Tuesday March 17th from 6-8pm. A Celebration of Walter’s life will be held on Wednesday, March18th at 11am at Faith Lutheran Church, 31 Agar Drive. Interment Niagara Lakeshore Cemetery. Donations made in Walter’s memory to Faith Lutheran Church would be greatly appreciated by his family.

Services

PREVIOUS SERVICES:

  • Visitation Tuesday, March 17, 2020
  • Funeral Service Wednesday, March 18, 2020

OTHER SERVICES:

  • Burial

Memories

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Ron Dale

March 17, 2020

I first met Walter in 1975 when I began my career with Parks Canada and was preparing plans for developments at Fort George. Over the years I worked closely with Walter on several occasions. He was a storehouse of knowledge, had a keen sense of humour and was always a complete gentleman in the old sense of the word. I am sorry to miss his service due to self isolation but my heart will be with the family on this sad occasion.

Ron Dale

Harry Bosveld

March 16, 2020

Walter and I joined Parks Canada at the same time in 1969, he a seasoned public servant, I a novice. We retired at the same time in 1991, and during the intervening years I found Walter to be a sage adviser, a wise administrator, and a person of great integrity, always calm in any crisis. His love for Canadian history was only exceeded by his affection for his late wife, Elaine, and his family. In retirement, he wrote and published historical works, was a very competent artist, and traveled extensively. He was a kindly man and a true gentleman, and I will never forget that unfailing smile. Walter lived life to the fullest. Our sincere condolences to the Haldorson family.

Gunnar Doerwald

March 16, 2020

Mr. Haldorson was a fair boss and did not make decisions lightly.
The Fort and historical accuracy was close to his heart and very important to him.
We have met socially for coffee after retirement and we had many interesting and enjoyable conversations.
My sincere condolences to his family.

Erika Alexander

March 16, 2020

While Walter was the Superintendent at Fort George National Historic Site, he was influential in the formation of the Friends of Fort George in 1988. Volunteers, across Canada, forming community co-operating associations to work in concert with Parks Canada’s national historic sites and parks staff was a new concept in 1988 and viewed with some trepidation by the administration. Walter invited the Niagara-on-the-Lake community to become involved with Niagara’s historic sites including Fort George, Fort Mississauga, Brock’s Monument, the Lakeshore Properties and the Commons. Walter, his staff and the enthusiastic Friends’ volunteers rode the complex waves of the bureaucracy to make the organization viable and to prove to be of benefit to the site and our community. Walter’s favoured reaction was to respond to new ideas or suggestions with a positive “no”, and then follow up with careful discussion on how to implement the new concepts. He had a tendency to fidget with elastics and paper clips while mulling over the viability of a project, and every now and then a small projectile across the desk would punctuate his comments. His encouragement and support helped to set the foundation for the Friends’ student employment initiatives, Canada Day Celebrations and many other special and commemorative events these past 32 years. We bid adieu to an old “Friend” and gentleman. Our sincere condolences to his family.

Buddy Andres

March 14, 2020

I had the privilege of working with Walter at Parks Canada from 1975 until his retirement. Walter was a true gentleman and a man of complete integrity! He was respected by all who came into contact with him. He was a great boss, and I have many wonderful memories of working with him. As the Superintendent of Niagara National Historic Sites, Walter was responsible for many positive accomplishments, and it was an honour for me to work with him, and call him a true friend! My sincere condolences to the Haldorson family, and may the Good Lord comfort you during this difficult time!

Vera Henry

March 14, 2020

Steve & family, our sincere condolences on the passing of your father/grandfather. Our thoughts are with you during this sad time.
Vera & Tim Henry