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Walter MCKINNON

Walter McKinnon, born on May 5, 1935, in West Calder, Scotland, passed away on Sunday, October 22, 2023, at St. Thomas-Elgin General Hospital in St. Thomas, Ontario. Walter, the son of Walter and Agnes McKinnon, both deceased, trained as an electrician with Scottish Oils before immigrating to northern Ontario, Canada, in 1957. He worked in various locations such as Kirkland Lake, Elliot Lake, and Manitouwadge before settling in London, Ontario. There, he had successful careers at Northern Electric and Labatt Brewing Company, retiring from the latter. Since 1980, Walter had made his home in St. Thomas. He took great joy in reading classical and vintage books and novels, amassing a large collection over the years. Walter’s love for politics, current affairs, history, and geography always remained vivid. Surviving him are his brother David, sister-in-law Alison, niece Aileen, and her husband Tim Giles of Kamloops, BC, along with their sons Tristan and Kieran of Victoria, BC. Also surviving are his nephew Ross, his wife Candace, and their sons Scott and Grayson of West Kelowna, BC. Jennifer Balch, a dear friend who was like a daughter to him, was an immense source of support and care. The family expresses gratitude to Barbara, Connor, Judi, Ursula, the Collins family, and neighbors Joan, Eileen, and Don for their vital roles in Walter’s life. Additionally, they extend their appreciation to the staff at Talbot Manor and the community staff, especially Deb and Ethan. A special thank you goes to Julia and Paul for tending to Walter’s beloved dog, Sahara. In lieu of flowers, the family kindly requests donations be made to a charity of choice. A memorial service will be held at Williams Funeral Home, located at 45 Elgin St., St. Thomas, on Wednesday, November 1, 2023, at 2:00 pm. Cremation has already taken place.

Walter McKinnon, a native of West Calder, Scotland, passed away on October 22, 2023, at the age of 88, in St. Thomas, Ontario. Walter, who was born on May 5, 1935, emigrated to northern Ontario, Canada, in 1957 to begin his electrician career with Scottish Oils. He worked in several towns such as Kirkland Lake, Elliot Lake, and Manitouwadge before settling in London, Ontario. Walter dedicated his working years to Northern Electric and Labatt Brewing Company, eventually retiring from the latter. A resident of St. Thomas since 1980, Walter was known for his passion for politics, current affairs, history, and geography. He nourished his knowledge through his extensive collection of classical and vintage books and novels. Walter leaves behind his brother David, sister-in-law Alison, niece Aileen, and her husband Tim Giles, along with their sons Tristan and Kieran. Nephew Ross, his wife Candace, and their sons Scott and Grayson also survive him. Walter’s dear friend Jennifer Balch, who was like family to him, provided unwavering support throughout his life. The family extends their deepest gratitude to Barbara, Connor, Judi, Ursula, the Collins family, and neighbors Joan, Eileen, and Don for their invaluable assistance and companionship. Appreciation is also expressed to the staff at Talbot Manor and the community staff, especially Deb and Ethan. Julia and Paul deserve a special thank you for their care of Walter’s loyal dog, Sahara. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to a preferred charity. A memorial service will take place on November 1, 2023, at 2:00 pm at Williams Funeral Home in St. Thomas. Cremation has already occurred.

Walter McKinnon, a beloved figure from West Calder, Scotland, passed away on October 22, 2023, at St. Thomas-Elgin General Hospital in St. Thomas, Ontario, at the age of 88. Born on May 5, 1935, Walter relocated to northern Ontario, Canada, in 1957, commencing his electrical training with Scottish Oils. His career later took him to various towns, including Kirkland Lake, Elliot Lake, and Manitouwadge, before finding his place in London, Ontario. There, Walter built a successful professional life, working for Northern Electric and Labatt Brewing Company until his well-deserved retirement. He settled in St. Thomas in 1980 and embraced his passion for politics, current affairs, history, and geography, evident from his extensive library filled with classical and vintage books and novels. Walter is survived by his brother David, sister-in-law Alison, niece Aileen, and her husband Tim Giles, residing in Kamloops, BC, along with their sons Tristan and Kieran in Victoria, BC. Nephew Ross, his wife Candace, and their sons Scott and Grayson from West Kelowna, BC, also mourn his loss. Jennifer Balch, a cherished friend considered a daughter by Walter, provided him with love and support. The family wishes to express their heartfelt appreciation to Barbara, Connor, Judi, Ursula, the Collins family, and neighbors Joan, Eileen, and Don for their unwavering dedication to Walter’s well-being. The staff at Talbot Manor and the community staff, particularly Deb and Ethan, are acknowledged for their exceptional care. Julia and Paul deserve special recognition for their devoted guardianship of Walter’s beloved canine companion, Sahara. In lieu of floral tributes, donations honoring Walter’s memory may be made to a charity of personal preference. A memorial service is scheduled for November 1, 2023, at 2:00 pm at Williams Funeral Home on Elgin St. in St. Thomas. His cremation has already been carried out.

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