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WALKER – Keith Warren

February 14, 1958 – August 20, 2011

Keith Walker passed away Saturday, August 20, 2011 in Calgary from a spinal infection.

Keith was born in Ottawa, Ontario. He was an athletic young man, competing at the national level in singles and doubles sculling, when he was struck down in his prime by an automobile accident in 1979 at the age of 21.

The strength of will to compete at that level carried him through a long recovery process from the brain injury sustained in the accident, and then through the following years as a brain injured adult.

Keith showed a brave, kind, gracious and positive character that uplifted everyone around him. He didn’t dwell on his disabilities and had a sense of humour that lifted everyone’s spirits, no matter what the situation. He loved to laugh and to make people laugh. He was always so much more concerned about those around him than himself. Even if you only knew Keith for a day, he touched each life deeply. He cherished his family and close friends and was exceedingly grateful for all of life’s blessings we so frequently take for granted.

Keith was predeceased by his Dad Douglas in 1999, and Mom Lynn in 2010. He is survived by his brother Doug (Jayne), sisters Lisa Nemeth (James) and Janice Walker, niece and nephews Alison and Andrew Walker and Matthew, Jordan and Justin Nemeth, caregivers Romelia and Santos Corpuz and close friends Len and Louise Esau.

Keith’s Memorial Service will be held at Oak Park Church of Christ (11263 Oakfield Drive S.W.) on Friday, August 26, 2011 at 11:00 a.m. An afternoon Graveside Service will be held at Eden Brook Memorial Gardens.

The family extends their appreciation and gratitude to the incredible staff in Unit 72 at the Rockyview Hospital for the wonderful care Keith received these past few weeks. In lieu of flowers, memorial tributes may be made to Vecova (vecova.ca, formerly VRRI) 3304, 33 Street N.W., Calgary, Alberta, T2L 2A6.

Forward condolences through www.mcinnisandholloway.com.

In living memory of Keith Walker, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES Park Memorial Chapel, 5008 ELBOW DRIVE S.W. Telephone: (403)243-8200.

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  1. Cathy Scrimshaw and Gordon Petersen :

    Our thoughts are with you at this time. Keith was a source of inspiration for many and we are very sorry to hear of his passing.

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  2. Lauren (Melnyk) and Al Bagley :

    Hearing the news about Keith brought such sadness to my days. I am glad I knew him and I am glad that he was able to carry on for so long at a level most people can not even comprehend. I will always remember him, his challenges, his determination, his care but most of all I will remember with great fondness his sense of humor. It was a consistent his entire life. To Lisa, Doug and Janice (and families) you are great people and a wonderful family.

    Love to all and you are in my thoughts…

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  3. Murray Knechtel :

    We are saddened to hear about Keith’s passing. He was a great man..always smiling.
    Murray Knechtel and staff.

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  4. Terry and Jennifer Johnston :

    Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you this week as you struggle through the loss of Keith. He was truly a remarkable man, God had a plan for Keith and blessed him with many gifts not the least of which was his positive outlook and sense of others. He will be missed.

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  5. All the Staff here at the YMCA are very sad to hear of Keith’s passing. He was a regular around our branches for many years – always cheerful and positive. We will really miss him. Our prayers are with you at this difficult time.

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  6. Dorothy MacKay-Holmberg :

    I am shocked and sorry to hear of Keith’s passing. I have known him for many years as he attended Brain Injury Support Group at Vecova.He always had joke to tell and loved to laugh with us.My condolences to his family!

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  7. Peter and Ann Melnyk :

    Doug, Jayne, Lisa, James, Janice and Families;
    We were so sorry to hear about Keith’s recent illness and sudden passing..Our thoughts and prayers are with you all at this difficult time. Keith leaves a wonderful legacy of “triumph and joy” wrought out of his very own experience …certainly that has qualities of the ETERNAL.. May God Bless you all as you bid your brother adieu…Sorry we cannot come at this time..Love from Ann/Peter

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  8. Jessie Mitton :

    We were so sorry to hear about your loss. Our thoughts are with you and your family Doug and Jayne.

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  9. Howie Leinweber :

    It was my honour and priviledge to have been one of Keith’s Handibus drivers. Over the past year, I had him on my bus once a week. I will not only miss his jokes, but his matter of fact way of looking at life in general. We had many great conversations on the long and winding journey to the Fanning Center every Wednesday morning with all of his friends.
    My deepest condolences to his family and friends, and in particular Romelia and Santos whom I had the pleasure of knowing.
    Thanks for enriching my life Keith, there will be an empty spot on my bus and I will think of you every Wednesday. Til we meet again my friend.

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  10. It is with great sadness to learn of Keith’s passing this week. Keith and I became friends in grade 7 when he lent me his skis. From then on we had a great time growing up in SW Calgary. We went to YMCA camp in the summers and he even tried to get me into rowing, much to the disapproval of his coach Frank. Keith faced challenges with determination, courage and above all, a sense of humor. We will remember Keith for his love of Supertramp, his love of good food, and his love for his family.
    On behalf of my family and myself I wish to convey deepest condolences to Doug , Lisa, Janice and family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

    Rest in peace, old pal.
    Aubrey

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  11. Siento un gran tristeza por la perdida de Keith. Dios necesitaba un ángel y ese ángel es Keith Walker, en mis recuerdos te llevare por siempre porque eres una parte de un ser muy especial a quien ame, ella no está pero dejo huellas en mi corazón.

    Gracias, por haber existido como también dejar buenas enseñanzas de valentía y valor.
    HASTA PRONTO AMIGO Y HERMANO.
    Ileana y familia

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  12. Marlayne Gunning :

    Dear Lisa and family,
    I was so sorry to read about Keith, he was such a wonderful man. So many tradgedies. My deepest sympathy.

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  13. How sad I was to return home to receive news of Keith’s passing. I remember Keith mostly as the big neighbour kid next door. His sense of humour was always present, executed sometimes in devilish fashion on me, such as ice cubes down the pants! Torment at the time, but always in good fun. I look back with fond memories of Keith. To Doug, Lynn and Janice please accept our deepest condolences and sorrow.

    Stan Smith, Wendy James-Smith & Family
    Den Haag, Netherlands

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