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SMITHSON, Walter Christopher

June 17, 1923 – Pipestone, Manitoba
October 14, 2014 – Calgary, Alberta

Walter Smithson, beloved husband of Elinor Smithson (nee Sutton) of Calgary, AB, passed away on October 14, 2014 at the age of 91 years.

Walter served in the Royal Canadian Air Force from 1942 to 1946. Upon returning to civilian life, Walter was a member of the United Commercial Travelers Association for sixty-six years and was a charter member of the Optimist Club of Assiniboia. He was a professional real estate salesman in the Westwood area of Winnipeg for many years. Walter and Elinor spent many happy winters in Corpus Christi, TX.

Besides his beloved wife of sixty-five years, Walter is survived by his daughter and son-in-law, Christyl and Stephen Ayliffe; his grandchildren, Ryan (Stephanie) Ayliffe and Robyn (Kieran) Ayliffe; great-grandchildren Alicia and Cade; two brothers Ross (Dorene) Smithson and Jack (Barbara) Smithson; sister-in-law Joyce Smithson and numerous nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his siblings, Pearl (Elswood) Hillman, Phyllis (Percy) Graham, Lionel (Sabra) Smithson and Gerald Smithson.

A graveside service will be held in Carman, MB at a later date. Condolences may be forwarded through

In living memory of Walter Smithson, 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.

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  1. Elinor,

    I am sure this is a tough time for you. We can not be sad when we think of our meeting on a trail ride and all the times we spent in Corpus and Kingsville. Wally lived a very full life and lived longer than most. I think of the two of you often as do the kids. Hopefully he and mother will meet in the after life and talk about all the old days. I regret that we are a country apart and will not be around to assist you through the tough times. By my calculations we have been friends for 43 years. Just a moment in time. You will never forget him as I will also never forget him. He was one of the best.

    Call anytime if I can help.

    Your friend for life.

    Tony Cloud

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