Our kind and gentle Wally passed away peacefully at his Comfort Living residence in Kelowna, B.C. just five days before his 99th birthday. He was born in Motherwell, Scotland and came to Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan with his parents, Margaret Helen Wallace and Lt. Col. Norman Gentles and siblings Margaret, Tommy and Robert, in 1913. Wally married the love of his life, Connie (Edith Catherine Connor) in 1936 and they had 63 years together until her death in 1999. Wally had a long and rewarding career as a manager with Canada Packers in Moose Jaw and Winnipeg. On retirement in 1969, they settled in Florida where Wally was able to exercise his lifetime passion for the game of golf.
After returning to Canada in 1983 and settling in Kelowna, Wally joined Gallagher’s and then Sunset Ranch Golf Course, where he truly loved his hours spent playing golf and the camaraderie of his friends. Wally is survived by his nieces, Gerry (Carlo) Manzara and Bonny (Dave) Teichroeb; nephews, Dick (Beth) and Bob (June) and their families. Also by his sister-in-law, Edna Hall and nieces Marion (Louis) Konkin, Shannon Hall, Barbara Hall and their families; his brother-in-law Morley Connor and his niece Cheryl Burwood and her family. Wally will be especially missed by his special friends Liz and Alan Hudson. The family is most grateful for the patient and understanding care that Liz provided during Wally’s later years. Our heartfelt thanks, Liz, your love and compassion will always be remembered.