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Walter McKinnon

Walter Gray McKinnon

Wednesday, March 3rd, 2021
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MCKINNON, Walter Gray -

Walter Gray McKinnon, 63, stepped from time into eternity on March 3, 2021. Our hearts are heavy with the loss of our north star, the heartbeat of our family. A devastating loss for his adored and adoring wife, Donna. Their love shone ever so brightly for 43 years, and cannot be dimmed by death. Walter will be deeply grieved and forever missed by his children, Carolyn, Mary Ann and Kyle. Due to his playful nature he was greatly loved by his six grandchildren, Jamie, Jesse, Austin (deceased), Owen, Jake and Axelle. Walter will also be missed by his new great-granddaughter Ashlynn. He was the only child of, and predeceased by, Bill and Teresa. Walter fought a vicious three year battle against cancer with courage, grace and grit. He will be lovingly remembered for his friendliness, humour, fun-loving ways, compassion, kindness, strength, artistic ability, faith, and his deep love of family. We will forever honour his beautiful, joyful spirit. Walter was employed by General Motors for 26 years, and was thrilled to take early retirement. He enjoyed traveling the world with his beloved wife, being a handyman, and working part-time at Cineplex where he was known and loved by colleagues and guests alike. Walter loved to talk and was never short of a joke or a story, but he also had a listening ear and a willingness to help others. He endeared himself to all who knew him. In addition to his extended family in Canada, the USA and Britain, Walter will be missed by friends and neighbours who rallied round him throughout his illness.

It was Walter's wish to be cremated. A celebration of life will follow at a later date. Donations in memory of Walter may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society. Arrangements entrusted to W.C. Town Funeral Chapel, Whitby. For online condolences, please visit
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Laurie Book (Gibson)

Posted at 07:45pm
Dearest Donna and family,
Words cannot say enough. Walter will be deeply missed by everyone. My heart goes out to you during this difficult time.
May God's presence and Jesus' love for you, and the Holy Spirit's companionship ease your sorrow and comfort you, granting you strength and peace from on high. May God surround you with His love always as you face the coming days and all challenges in this life. Know that I am with you and continuing to lift you up in prayer.

Donna McKinnon Posted at 12:44pm

Thank you.

Rosy et Christian Liegeois

Posted at 03:29pm
Hello Donna, we are thinking of you and we thought that a tree would be very meaningful. Know that we are thinking of you every day
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Donna McKinnon Posted at 12:43pm

Very nice. Thank you.

Samvida Vyas

Posted at 10:03pm
On Behalf of the Cineplex Odeon Ajax Cinamas, our deepest condolences to the McKinnon family on the passing of Walter. Our prayers and thoughts are with the family. He was an amazing person with a big heart. It was truly a pleasure working with him. He will be deeply missed by all of us.

Donna McKinnon Posted at 12:43pm

Thank you. Walter loved working with everyone there.

Shawn Merrin

Posted at 06:10pm
My heartfelt condolences to the McKinnon family on the passing of Walter. During my theatre visits to the Ajax Cineplex, I would look forward to seeing Walter as he would always greet me with a smile, a joke, and a story (or two!). He will be missed by his Cineplex family. He was one of the most genuine, kind, and engaging people I have ever had the pleasure of spending time with. Being handy and innovative there was never a task he couldn't tackle and having the warm personality he did, he made every guest feel like they were the most important person to step into the movie theatre. He was a well-respected role-model for our younger cast. He will be missed greatly by his Cineplex colleagues and the thousands of guests who were fortunate enough to cross his path at the movies. He was a class act!

Shawn Merrin
Executive Director, Operations, Central Ontario

Donna McKinnon Posted at 12:42pm

Thank you for those kind words, Shawn. Walter always enjoyed your visits and, as was evident, loved working at Cineplex.

Olivia Luong

Posted at 01:14pm
Dear Donna, So sorry for your loss. Pia and I met you as we went on a missions trip to Zambia. We met Walter later and was at once captivated by his listening ears, and probing questions through humour. May you find comfort and grace from our good Lord today and in the difficult days to come.

Donna McKinnon Posted at 12:40pm

Of course I remember you and Pia, and the luncheon we had afterwards that Walter attended. Thank you for that memory.

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