Walter, 90 years
'Wally' was born on July 19, 1913 in London, England. He came to Canada by a ship when he was 7 years old. He still remembers how excited he was.
I had a good time. I was running all over the ship. But, my mother got really bad sea sickness. It took us 7 days to get to Canada. He has one sister in Mississauga, one in Vancouver, one brother in Calgary and the oldest sister died in England.
My wife was wonderful. She just died in July 2001. We were married in 1935. I wish she was still here for now... she had Alz-heimer's disease. She was a lovely lady. With our 2 children, we spent lots of time at our cottage in Muskoka, right on the lake. We all loved it. We enjoyed boating, walking and lots of cooking out during summer.
I joined up with the Canadian Army in 1941 during World War II. In the spring of 1942, I served in D-Day. I was in Germany in 1945, then came home after four years away from the little kids. My profession was a printer. I started there when I was 17 and I quit when I was 65. When I finished up, I was a plant manager. I always liked my job. We used to print things for the government. I used to run to the parliament buildings and city hall. When I was retiring in 1978, they threw a lovely, big party for me at the Toronto Board of Trade. It was beautiful; there were about 100 people at least.
Peel Senior Link is wonderful. They help you if you can't do everything. They save you from going to a nursing home. There are so many things you can't do by yourself when you get to be my age, but it's lovely to be on my own with the help of Peel Senior Link. When Maria (Peel Senior Link's staff) comes in, she wakes me up and makes me laugh. They really cheer me up.