Frederick (Rick) David Walton

1962–2023

Rick was born in Winnipeg in 1962 on Remembrance Day, an obvious harbinger to his future career in the military. He grew up in Crestview attending Voyageur School, Ness Junior High and Sturgeon Creek Secondary. His youth was filled with sports and games including community club baseball, Pop Warner Football, track and field, and epic street hockey games on Hillary Crescent. During these formative years he made lifelong friends to whom he was forever loyal.

Following high school Rick attended Red River Community College for heavy duty mechanics, beginning his career as a vehicle technician. He did a stint in the military in 1991–92 then returned to the trucking industry as a mechanic. In 2003 he followed what he described as his true calling and rejoined the Canadian Armed Forces. 17 Wing was his home, but he travelled the world as part of his service including Thule, Greenland and Afghanistan. Rick retired from the military in 2014 but remained proud of his service for the rest of his life.

While mechanics continued to be his day job, he was also known as a devoted father, a loving brother, an avid outdoorsman, a gregarious storyteller and a fun-loving golfer. Rick was always willing to lend a hand when needed; his ability as a general handyman and his uncommon ability to fix things made him a welcome volunteer over the years. Rick was a Saskatchewan Roughrider fan and an annual Rider Weekend hosted by one of his lifelong friends, which comprised golf in and around Regina as well as cheering on the Riders at Taylor Field/Mosaic Stadium, was a highlight of his summers. For the last seven years Rick and his girlfriend hosted their own annual golf extravaganza centred around her farm in Western Manitoba. While there were prizes and a trophy (built by Rick of course), it was really about the camaraderie and hi-jinks. In the fall his focus turned to hunting which usually resulted in a freezer full of deer and goose meat.

Rick was taken from us too soon. After his funeral we gathered at the Charleswood Legion to tell stories and raise a few glasses—the type of celebration he always embraced. We are pleased to be part of the tank fundraiser to support the Legion and honour Rick’s memory. He loved his family and friends, worked hard, served his country and leaves a legacy of many fun times and good memories that live on in all who knew him.

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