Walt Dalby passed away peacefully in 100 Mile House, B.C. on March 11th, 2012 after a long struggle with cancer. Walt grew up in the city of Hull, Yorkshire in England, and served three years with the British Army in Malaya before immigrating to Canada in 1958. Initially in Victoria for five years, he developed what would become a lifelong love of fishing, bought his first boat, and went salmon fishing “up-island” at every chance. Having apprenticed as an automobile body man, he later became a material damage estimator with ICBC.
In 1963 he found himself in Dawson Creek where he encountered Barbara and her three small children, Jan, Peter and Jill. Married in 1966, they added another child to the family, Jacquie. Life in the Peace country included fun, singing around the piano, camping, hunting, river-boating, and curling.
In later years Barb and Walt lived in Nanaimo for 14 years, doing more boating and fishing, before moving to the Cariboo.
Walt was cheery, affable, and outgoing. People knew him as a story-teller and jokester, and someone who would always help out a neighbour.
Walt will be dearly missed and lovingly remembered by his wife of 46 years, Barbara Dalby; one brother, Brian, in England; four children: Jacquie Sandnes (Darren), Jill Caston (Tom), Peter Dalby (Julie) and Jan Sanderson (K.C.); eight grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; one cousin in Nova Scotia; and many friends.
A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, March 24th at 2:00 p.m. in the 100 Mile United Church. Reception to follow. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to: Home & Community Care, South Cariboo Health Centre, 100 Mile House, B.C.
Condolences can be sent to the family at www.100milefuneralservice.com