January 12, 2019
Walter Charles Laurie, long time resident of Nelson BC, passed away at Kootenay Lake Hospital, Nelson BC on January 12, 2019 at the age of 96.
On May 6, 1945, he married Effie Pearl Nasadyk and moved to Cranbrook BC, where they started a family that grew and grew and became the centre of their lives. Effie and Walter raised their family in Cranbrook, Fernie, Kelowna, Burnaby, and Nelson over 67 years of marriage.
Walter was predeceased by Effie in April of 2013 and will truly be missed by his daughter Cheri of Abbotsford, Wayne (Shari) of Kelowna, Bruce (Elaine) of Parksville, Chris (Patricia) of Peachland and Tina (Dave) Coletti of Nelson. His many grandchildren and great grandchildren will also miss the joy of his being.
Walter’s endless energy and passion left an impression on all who knew him.
He came to Nelson with Canadian Pacific Railway but after retirement made the natural switch to Nelson’s Streetcar and came to hold the President’s position. He was known as Nelson’s Mr. Street Car promoting its service and importance as a symbol of Nelson’s history and sense of community. Walter was a great provider to his family and instilled a sense of societal responsibility volunteering with the Legion, Scouts, Cadets, Churches and Rotary. He loved greeting people, singing Scottish songs, hosting community and family gatherings. His gift of gab was legendary, as well as his love for casting a fly for that elusive rainbow trout.
Memorial Donations can be made to the Nelson Electric Tramway Society, PO Box 602, Nelson BC, V1L 5R4.
A Memorial will be held on 9 March, 2019 at 2 pm at the Prestige Lakeside Resort.