Obituary – Durnin, Walter Fraser

Passed: July 02, 2009
Walter Fraser Durnin passed away July 2, 2009, in Ashcroft, B.C. at the age of 81.
Born in Saskatoon, Walter was the oldest son of Robert Wilbur and Queenie Vashti Durnin in a family of seven. Siblings were Jacqueline, Beth, Rodney, Robert, Frank and Judy.
Walter began teaching in a one-room school after graduating, then attended one year at Dalhousie University before moving west with his family. He taught in northern and interlake Manitoba, the Rainy River district in Ontario and the Peace Region in Alberta. While working he completed his B.A. and B.Ed., and advanced to become principal at many schools in the High Prairie School Division. These included E.G. Wahlstrom School during the early 1970s.
His career ended at the level of superintendent of Fairview School Division from 1974 – 82 and Northern Lights School Division in Saskatchewan from 1986 – 89.
Walter is mourned by his wife of 51 years, Joyce (nee Persson) Durnin; his children and grandchildren Margaret (Emma and Alysa) of Cache Creek, B.C., Katherine (Frances) of New York City, and Guy (Seth) of Cache Creek; his siblings Beth (Leon) Brandson of Selkirk, MB, Rodney of Ottawa, Robert (June) of Stratton, ON and Frank of Ogema, SK.
Walter was predeceased by his parents, Robert in 1974 and Queenie in 1980, son Robert in 2001, sister Jacqueline Burch in 1994, and sister Judy Beer in 1996.
Walter will always be remembered for his wide-ranging interests and knowledge, his devotion to family, his storytelling on our many family camping trips across Canada and his love of music and a good joke.
He chose to be cremated. A family memorial will be planned in the future.

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