April 24, 1928 – December 16, 2018
It is with broken hearts the children of Bob Walls announce his passing in the early hours of December 16, 2018, at the age of 90, only 9 days after being diagnosed with aggressive multi-organ cancer.
Dad leaves behind three of his four children that he was so proud of along with his much loved seven grand and four great grandchildren: Fran Kannenberg and her family Michael (Christa), Evalyn and Hudson, Ryan (Raeanne), Braxton and Lakelyn, and Erin (Dan); Gord (Carol) Walls and their family Jessica (Eddie) and Bryce; and Nancy (Neil) Brown and their family Taylor (Kayla) and Alex. He has joined his beloved wife Pat who predeceased him in 2007 after 54 years of marriage and his oldest son James who left us in 2012. Bob was the last of his family and was predeceased by his parents, two brothers and two sisters. He also leaves behind two particularly special friends; his golf buddies Dennis Herbach and Wayne Hunt. Dad believed in community and giving back and has shown that over the years in all his volunteer duties including bingos to support Big Brothers/Big Sisters, driving the Ponoka Hospital and Care Centre transport van and being the treasurer for the Ponoka Community Golf Club. Dad loved living in Legacy Place for the past 11 years. Dad’s generosity and big heart started at home though, he loved his family deeply and was always there for any of us whenever we needed him. Dad “retired” many years ago but continued to work with Gord and Carol in Ponoka Cabinet Makers as often as there was work for him, most recently up to two weeks before his death. He went on a road trip with Fran and Nancy throughout BC and Victoria to visit distant family and sight see only six weeks before his death. As a Grandpa he was excited with each of his seven grandchildren that arrived and shared in all their memories and accomplishments and was nicknamed by them “The Great One” because … well … that’s exactly what he was. Right when he thought he had it all, life got even better as he was able to also welcome four great grandchildren into his heart. Our Dad was a positive man who lived for his family and friends and he wouldn’t want to be mourned but would rather be remembered with a smile and a happy memory. We are grateful for the special care he received from the Ponoka General Hospital staff and especially from his doctor and friend, Dr. Greyling. At his request a private family memorial will be held. Donations in his honour are gratefully accepted to the Ponoka Hospital and Care Centre (Palliative Care).