Walter Samuel Gregor passed away suddenly after a short illness while in the Royal University Hospital in Saskatoon. He will be dearly missed by his only daughter, Sherry Hildebrandt, granddaughters Alissa (Doug) Barr, Amy (Aaron) Hepting, grandson, Matthew Hildebrandt, great-granddaughter, Lydia, numerous nieces and nephews, and sisters-in-law Jean Gregor and Donelda Gregor. He was predeceased by his parents Edward and Lydia Gregor, his beloved wife, Phyllis, sisters Irene (Bill) Rans, Dorothy (Bill) Matheson, and brothers Carl (Ruth), Ernest (Jeannette), Herb (Vernice), Leslie (Donelda), Jim (Betty), and Bob (Jean).
Walter was born and raised on a homestead six miles east of Davidson, Saskatchewan. He and his siblings were raised to work hard, respect each other and have a strong faith in God. As Walter was too young to be drafted at the time of the war, he went to Briercrest in grade nine where he completed high school. During this time, the school moved into the town of Caronport, and he began developing his business skills by managing the little general store. From there, he worked in a corn field, took accounting, and ended up back in Davidson as the general manager of the Davidson Co-op. He also helped build houses, farmed, developed a thriving floor covering department, managed an apartment block, had a keen interest in cars and was always involved in the little Associated Gospel Church in town. Throughout all these pursuits, he remained available to his immediate and extended family; he was never too busy for the people in his life.
In 1965, Walter met and married Phyllis (Roberts). Sherry was born in 1968 and he cherished his little family. In 1986, the family moved to Regina where he worked in tourism for the Government of Saskatchewan. Sadly, Phyllis passed away from cancer in 1997, after which he moved to Martensville to be near his daughter and family. Here he took a job selling floor covering as someone who could sell and recommend product, and also measure the most difficult projects accurately. He worked until the pandemic hit; at which time he was 89 years of age.
In the years he was in Martensville, Walter was fondly referred to as “Grandpa Gregor” to his grandchildren’s friends as he came often on his day off to help out and spend time with his grandchildren. He loved to mow the lawn, weed the flower beds, help with gardening, or even shovel snow. He was an enthusiastic participant in all celebrations and Christmas was his favourite time of year. He was a faithful usher at Ebenezer Baptist Church, never really seeing the need to take a Sunday off because he loved to serve so much. At the time of his passing, Walter was still living independently in Martensville, where he continued to serve on his condo board. In his final years, he spent the majority of his days sharing life with Sherry, doing puzzles, gardening, masterminding home improvement projects, praying for his family, sharing meals and stories with his grandchildren, and making his great-granddaughter laugh.
Walter will be profoundly missed and leaves an empty chair, but we celebrate that he is in glory with his Lord and Saviour, completely healed and reunited with those he loved.
The Celebration of Life will be held on Monday, November 20, 2023, 2:00 p.m., at Ebenezer Baptist Church, 107 McWillie Avenue, Saskatoon, SK. A livestream of the service will be available to view online through www.ebenezerbaptist.ca
In memory of Walter, donations may be given to Ranger Lake Bible Camp.
Martens Warman Funeral Home is honoured to be entrusted with the care and arrangements of Walter Gregor.