May 10, 1927 – Morley, Alberta
January 27, 2015 – Cochrane, Alberta
Walter was called home by his Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ on January 27, 2015 at the age of 87 years.
Walter was born the second oldest of fourteen children to Johnny and Sarah Chiniquay on May 10, 1927 in Morley, AB. In his early years, Walter was raised in accordance to the traditional Stoney customs as the great-grandson of Chief John Chiniki who signed Treaty 7 in 1877. Walter was in line for hereditary chieftainship. In 1934 he started his education at the Morley Residential School. As he got older he worked as a cattle wrangler and rancher, where he became fond of working with horses. These lifestyles lead him to two great passions in life. These were the Banff Indian Days and the Calgary Stampede. When Walter was 30 years old, he contracted tuberculosis and was near death. In these dark times Walter had a vision of a man praying for him and days later he miraculously recovered. He later learned that the man that came to him in his vision was Oral Roberts. This event was crucial in him devoting himself to Jesus Christ. At this point he devoted his remaining years spreading the word of Jesus Christ to his wife, children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, extended family, friends and community. It was his love, devotion, and commitment to everyone who was blessed to know him that will be his legacy. Walter was met with resistance many times because of the life he chose and the faith he fully believed in, but walking and living a Christ like life was how he kept with his convictions. Walter provided for his family in many ways; from his work on movie sets when they were filmed around Morley (A River of No Return and Little Big Man to name a few) to his immense talents in his arts and crafts. Walter remained the humble man he was, even when rubbing shoulders with movie stars.
In his passing Walter leaves behind his beloved wife of 60 years, Helen; his sons. Oral (Joy) and Brandon; his daughters, Bernice (Johnny), Sharon (Duane), Brenda (Mervin) and Betty (Evan); his beloved grandchildren he helped raise, Trissa (Nathan), Tony (Carlene) and Krissy (Neltroy); adopted daughters, Teresa Lynn Holloway and Ethel Twoyoungmen; 20 grandchildren and 25 great-grandchildren; his brothers, Lawrence, Paul (Casandra) and Frank (Marjorie); his sisters, Helene and Winnie; adopted sister, Ruth Yellowface; sisters-in-law, Georgie Chiniquay, Eva and Mary Baptiste; his brother-in-law, Norman (Debbie) Baptiste; nephew, Lawrence Crawler; his cousins, Charlie (Casey) Mark, Doreen Simeon and Florence Powderface.
He was predeceased by his parents, Johnny and Sarah; his daughter, Teresa Lynn; granddaughter, Eleasha Wesley; brothers, Wilfred and MacDonald; sisters, Kathleen Kaquitts, Margaret and Josephine; brother-in-law, Frank Kaquitts; nephew, Gerald Kaquitts; cousins, Johnny and Wilfred Mark, Paul and Eunice Mark. We apologize if we have missed anyone.
Wake Services will be held at the residence of Walter and Helen Chiniquay (Morley, AB) today Thursday, January 29, 2015 and Friday, January 30, 2015. Funeral Services will be held at Morley Gymnasium (Morley, AB) on Saturday, January 31, 2015 at 11:00 a.m. A Graveside Service to follow at Chiniki Cemetery (Morley, AB). Please forward condolences through www.mcinnisandholloway.com. The family wishes to thank the staff of Canmore Hospital, Stoney Health Center and Bethany Homecare in Cochrane.
In living memory of Walter Chiniquay, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Crowfoot, 82 CROWFOOT CIRCLE N.W. Telephone: 403-241-0044.Print This Obituary & Condolences