Walter’s family escaped Russia in 1929. With the Canadian government’s welcome, they settled in B.C. Walter and Betty raised their family in Greendale, B.C. His work ethic and frugality were forged by the poverty of the 1930s. He worked in the hops fields, whitewashed dairy barns, grew raspberries, raised livestock. He was a shipper for the Medical Equipment Depot at CFB Chilliwack. Walter’s sense of humour and love for music affected everyone he knew. An independent thinker, Walter set an example of self-discipline and dedication to the church and the Christian life.