Tribute to Papa Walter

Monday was a glorioWalter1us day for Papa Walter, but a sad day for all who loved him here on earth. Around 12:50pm, Walter passed away with my Mom, April, & I surrounding him. We know Walter is in heaven with our Lord and father Jesus Christ. Walter’s spirit is free of earthly issues like cancer and he is enjoying a big welcome party in heaven.

Over the weekend, Walter spoke on the phone with all of his family members and all of his local family members were able to say goodbye in person.

On Saturday, Janice (Walter’s sister) & David (brother in-law) stopped by to say a final goodbye. Of course, as they were leaving, Walter said “I’ll get better”. We all laughed at his fighting spirit and Walter smiled.

On Sunday, Walter rallied & found extra strength when he heard Kurt (his son) was coming down from Prescott. Walter got up out of bed and walked to the living room completely on his own & sat in his favorite chair waiting for Kurt to arrive. Walter & Kurt had a special father & son bond. Walter spent time with Kurt, Caitlin, Loralai, & Talia.

In the afternoon, April, Craig, Logan, & Ronan stopped over. Papa Walter surprised everyone by telling the boys he had fought a good battle but it was time for him to go. As April said, “he was such a good Papa that he showed amazing strength by giving the boys the gift of hearing from Papa Walter himself that he was going to heaven so the boys could say goodbye”. Walter showed such strength & love.

In the early evening, Bryan, Lucas, & I arrived to have our time with Walter. Walter heard Lucas’ laugh from the other room and said ” is that Lucas” while having a big smile on his face. So we brought Lucas in the bedroom. Walter perked up and said “hey big boy”. Lucas pointed to Walter & said “Papa”. Then, Lucas gave Papa a big kiss & hug. Such a beautiful moment. Next, Walter & Bryan shared some special words and shook hands. I had another moment to say my goodbye & give Walter a kiss on his face. Of course, Walter said “oh stop your crying Jill”. Ha. He always knew just what to say to bring happiness back into a moment.

On Monday, as Walter was taking his final breaths, we played the song titled “Fly” from Celine Dion. At the very end of the song, Celine whispers “Fly, fly little wing. Fly where only angels sing. Fly away, the time is right. Go now, find the light” and at that moment Walter exhaled his last breath. Walter’s passing was peaceful and exquisite.

Walter was a strong man until the end. He never complained, not even one time. If you asked Walter how he was doing, he’d say great! He loved my Mama and his grandchildren with all of his heart. As he mentioned on Sunday, he “had a good life, good wife”.

Lord Jesus Christ, as you welcome Walter into your arms, give us the strength to live our lives here on earth without such a loving and courageous man. We will miss you Papa Walter!

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11 thoughts on “Tribute to Papa Walter

  1. I’m so terribly sorry for your loss but God has a lovely spirit to help him with his work and watch over your whole family. Hugs and Kisses!! >

  2. Thank you for the beautiful tribute for a wonderful man. We will miss him very much. His love for his family was very obvious. Some day we will meet again with Jesus on the other side, what joy that will be. Bob and Peggy

  3. So very sorry to hear of of your family’s loss. We have never met Walter but based on your very moving testament to his last days I think we would have been friends. The very loving and courageous way he prepared his loved ones for his passing-over showed a loving concern for his family over concerns for himself .
    We send our our love, thoughts and prayers to all, please pass them on to Gayle
    Love to all Steve & Gaile

    • Steve & Gaile – Thank you for the sweet words. Walter was a good husband to my Mama. He deserves for everyone to hear about him

  4. SORRY FOR YOUR LOSS, WALTER WILL NOW ENJOY HIS ETERNAL LIFE FREE FROM DISCOMFORT, HE WILL REMAIN CLOSE TO HIS FAMILY & FRIENDS. I CONTINUE TO PRAY FOR WALTER’S FAMILY & FRIENDS, FOR THE PAIN THAT IS GREATLY FELT BY ALL. GOD BLESS

  5. Jill,

    You have expressed a beautiful and loving tribute to Walter. They say a picture is worth a 1,000 words and these pictures of Walter and the family are priceless. He showed the family strength and courage in his fight with cancer. Walter fought because of the love and support he received from his dear Gayle, family and friends. Many blessings to each of you during this time!

    Linda and Don Yates
    Kirkland, WA.

  6. What a beautiful family and such loving tribute to a man who was obviously loved…I am so sorry for your loss. God Bless – may he rest in peace.

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