Obituary of Walter Eldon ONIA
October 1, 1916 – Canwood, Saskatchewan
June 21, 2020 – Calgary, Alberta
Walter Onia of Calgary, AB, passed away on Sunday, June 21, 2020 at the age of 103 years.
Walter was proud of his WWII military history with the Calgary Highlanders and was recognized for his service by Holland (Battle of Walchern Island) and Knighted by France for his role in her liberation in 1944. Wally sang in the Crescent Heights United Church choir for decades and was a member of The Royal Troubadours for many years, entertaining around Southern Alberta. In retirement, he and Lorna toured around the world and RV’d their way across North America.
Dad loved to tell stories, many of which were true, about his early life riding the rails during The Depression. He always saw the bright side of the situation and kept his positive attitude until the very end.
The gentleman soldier is survived by his sons, Eldon (Sarah), Darryl (Kerri) and Al (Sandra); grandchildren, Rosanna (Jerry), Luciana (Steve), Joanna (John) and Drew (Laura).
Walter was predeceased by his wife of sixty-six years, Lorna, daughter Darlene, son-in-law Beni and grandson Ben.
A private Graveside Service will be held at a later date. If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made directly to Wounded Warriors, #1900 – 1500 West Georgia Street, Vancouver, BC, V6G 2Z6 Telephone: (888-706-4808) www.woundedwarriors.ca.
Condolences, memories and photos may be shared and viewed on Walter’s obituary at www.McInnisandHolloway.com.
In living memory of Walter Onia, a tree will be planted in the Ann & Sandy Cross Conservation Area by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Chapel of the Bells, 2720 CENTRE STREET NORTH, CALGARY, AB T2E 2V6, Telephone: 403-243-8200.