Victory Memorial Park Funeral Centre

14831 28Th Ave, Surrey, BC


Walter Garth Hartzell

August 26, 1941September 6, 2019

Walter Garth Hartzell went to be with the Lord at the age of 78, on September 6, 2019. After a 10 year battle with Alzheimer's, he passed away peacefully at Peace Arch Hospital in White Rock, BC. with family by his side. Walter was born August 26, 1941 in Wadena, SK. Raised on a farm South of Kelvington, SK, he joined the Royal Canadian Air Force under the ROTP program and subsequently graduated from the University of Saskatchewan with a degree in Geological Engineering. After graduation, he went on to pilot training and eventually flew the CF-101 Voodoo. He married Patricia Ann Nelson on August 3rd, 1963, in Prince Albert, SK. In 1972, after graduating from Western University with a degree in medicine, he continued serving in the RCAF as a Medical Doctor in Moose Jaw, SK as Base Surgeon. The next two years were spent in London, England, completing graduate studies in Aviation, Environmental and Occupational Medicine. His final tour in the Air Force was in Toronto, ON at the Defence and Civil Institute of Environmental Medicine where he received the St. John’s Cross for a paper he wrote on Hypoxia. Walt retired from the RCAF in 1986 taking on a position with Canadian Pacific Airlines as their Chief Medical Director in Vancouver, BC. In 1990 Walt struck out on his own, starting the Health Care business Hart Profiles and eventually partnering with his good friend Harv Haakinson to form HealthServ. Walt was fully retired by the age of 65.

A great lover of nature and the outdoors. Walter and Patricia, his wife of 56 years, enjoyed spending time at their Bridge Lake cabin fishing and hiking, especially when the grandchildren were around!

Walter is predeceased in death by parents Robert (Bob) and Gertrude (Trudy) Hartzell, brother Richard (Dick) Hartzell, sister Roberta (Robin) Cowie.

He is survived by his loving wife, Patricia Hartzell of White Rock, BC; son Shaun Hartzell (Robin) of Cold Lake, AB; daughter Tracee Horvath (Zoltan) of Langley, BC; son Ryan Hartzell (Allyn) of White Rock, BC; grandchildren, Liam Hartzell (Lise) of Edmonton, AB, Jordan Hartzell of Edmonton, AB, Aria, Elisha, Elijah and Noah Horvath of Langley, BC, Robert and Benjamin Hartzell of White Rock BC; great granddaughters Ava and Adelaide Hartzell of Edmonton, AB; brother Brian Hartzell (Carole) of Barry, ON, sister Orlynn Lowndes (Glen) of Kelvington, SK; brother in law Bruce Cowie of Warman, SK; and a host of nieces, nephews and other beloved friends and relatives.

A memorial service will be held at 11:00 AM on 13 September at Peace Portal Alliance Church, 15128 27b Avenue, Surrey, BC. Donations to the Alzheimer's Society of Canada would be appreciated in lieu of flowers.


  • Graveside Service Friday, September 13, 2019


Walter Garth Hartzell

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Bob Lang

September 13, 2019

Dear Pat;

I deeply appreciated your call last Friday when I know you had many other things on your mind. As one of Walt's Med's School classmates, I want to let you, your family and friends know how deeply respected Walt was in our class. His kindness, wisdom and experience had a positive influence on me and I believe many others in our class. We shall miss him.
Nancy, Rob and I send our most heartfelt condolences to you and your family.

Jeanne Sedun (Arnold)

September 12, 2019

Sending thoughts and prayers your way as you celebrate Walt's life. I hope that treasured memories will bring you comfort in the days ahead.

Doreen Wihlidal

September 12, 2019

Pat , Shaun , Ryan , Tracey and families. Phil & I were always so eager to visit with Walter when we we together at Cold Lake .
Our prayer for you
For each hour of you loneliness,
We pray for a day of comfort,
For each minute of grief ,
A year of peace,
And for every tear, a thousand reasons to SMILE. Phil & Doreen

John Carser

September 12, 2019

Pat, Shaun, Tracey, Ryan & Family,

I am so sorry to hear the news of Walter's passing. I will always remember the sparkle in eyes, as he laughed along from a joke he said or we said, in his wisdom and especially in his love for our Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ.

It is so hard when our loved ones leave us, but we know they are in a better place now, have been welcomed to Heaven and will be waiting for us to welcome us when we arrive.

My prayers are with you during this very difficult time.


Niall Trainor

September 12, 2019

Walt was a mentor and friend. I enjoyed the years we shared at Healthserv and will forever be grateful to him for giving me that opportunity. He was a hard-working, principled and knowledgeable man with a zest for life. As good a role model as one could ever hope for.

Becky Haggith

September 11, 2019

Pat, Shaun, Tracey, Ryan and family

I was so sad to hear of Walt’s death. We have wonderful memories from KB. of Walt and your whole family. Walt was an accomplished, humble man and a good friend. Such a loss that his great brain suffered from this horrible disease. My sincere sympathy and love to you all.

Becky Haggith

Joleyne Moroz

September 11, 2019

My condolence on the passing of your Husband and Father. May God support and guide you all in this time of grieving .