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Walter Greavison

March 25, 1920 - December 15, 2012


Walter Greavison, of Nelson, passed away at his home on December 15, 2012 .  He was born on March 25, 1920 in Bishop Auckland, County Durham, England to parents Ernest Henry and Ina Olive Greavison.  When he was seven years old his family immigrated to Canada and settled on a small farm in Slocan Park.  At the height of the depression, when Walter was 14, he had to go to work to support his family due to his father’s ill health.  He worked at forestry jobs in the area during summers and horse logged their land in winters with his brother, cutting ties for the railroad with a crosscut saw. 

In the spring of 1941 he enlisted in the army, scoring the highest mark in the region on his exams, and was offered an officer’s education but refused as his gentle nature made him prefer to be an enlisted man.  He saw action in France, Belgium, Holland and Germany.  Sadly he lost his brother, Flying Officer Ronald Greavison to the war effort.  At the end of the war he returned home and continued to work forestry and labour jobs.  Walter also worked in road construction, dam construction and mining as a driller and powderman.  At one time he was a guard at the Crescent Valley school where he met his wife, Rose, the teacher at the school.  They married in 1951, settling in Crescent Valley for a short time before buying a home and small chicken farm in Nelson.

After his retirement in 1980, Walter was able to indulge in two of his favourite hobbies woodworking and helping his children and grandchildren.   He also enjoyed gardening, lovingly helping his wife Rose with her many flower and vegetable gardens every year.  Walter was also a lifelong, avid fisherman, whether trolling the main lake for Rainbows, spin casting for Kokanee, or ice fishing for trout in the winter.  But his favourite was fly fishing the Slocan pool or the area’s mountain lakes using flies he tied himself.  He spent many wonderful weekends and holidays with his children and grandchildren gardening, swimming, camping, hunting and fishing; providing them with invaluable lessons on true sportsmanship, small scale farming, and care of the land.


Walter is survived by sons Ronald (Nadya), Raymond, daughter Elizabeth McDermott; grandchildren Erik & Curtis Greavison, Rob & Jenny McDermott; and sisters Marjorie and Doris.  He was predeceased by Rose, his wife of 61 years, in March of this year.  The family would like to thank all the health care workers who helped Walter through his illness this last year. 



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From: Thompson Funeral Service Ltd. Staff

Thompson Funeral Service Ltd. Staff send our condolences to family and friends. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

From: Christine Lundy King
Relation: Gwen Lundy was my mother

I am sorry for the loss of your father. I only knew of him through Bob Golac and Bob was so much a part of our lives when we were young. Your father was quite a man and started at such a young age working for the rest of his life.
All the very best to your entire family.
Christine Lundy King

From: Neil Kraft
Relation: freind of the family

My thoughts are with Ray,Ron and Betty and all their families. I remember many a time fishing with Raymond and Walter at places such as Harrop and Gibson Lake. We always had a good time.

From: Linda Zeznik
Relation: friend

Ron, Ray, Betty & Families
I am so sad for you all at this time.
I’m sure you are very proud to have had such honest, hard working,intelligent parents. May your memories help ease your heavy hearts. Love, Linda

From: Nancy Lundy McMillin
Relation: Friend of the Family

Raymond, Ron and Betty , I was very sorry to hear about the death of your father, so soon after your Mom’s and Uncle Bob’s passing. I hope you and your families are well and my sympathies to you all.

From: Susan Mary Soares (nee Burns)
Relation: Extended family in the UK..

Family members in Wales, County Durham & Yorkshire wish to express their sadness at the passing of Walter. May fond memories of a life well lived sustain you through these saddest of times.

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  Funeral Service

Date & Time:
December 20, 2012
Beginning at 1:00pm

Chapel of Thompson Funeral Service Ltd.
613 Ward Street
Nelson, BC Canada V1L 1T2

613 Ward Street
Nelson, BC Canada V1L 1T2

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