Walter Theodore Berg

    • Walter Theodore Berg
    • RCE Badge circa 1939-45
    • Walter Theodore Berg

    We regret to advise of the death of Walter Theodore Berg peacefully at the Kipnes Centre for Veterans in Edmonton AB on 3 February 2007 at the age of 94.

    Walter was born in Eriksdale MB and at the age of 13 moved to Chicago, Illinois, USA, where he worked in a cotton goods factory for three years. In 1929, he returned to Manitoba and went to work in the mines.  He joined the Army in 1942 as a Sapper in the Royal Canadian Engineers.  He served with 4th Field Company, 1st Canadian Division in Great Britain, Africa, Italy and Holland.  He was demobilized in November 1945.  After the war, Walter went to work for Sherritt Gordon Pressure Hydrometallurgy Company in Fort Saskatchewan AB for 24 years.  He retired in Fort Saskatchewan in 1978. 

    Walter was very involved with the Sappers Club in Edmonton AB and the Royal Canadian Legion Branch #27 in Fort Saskatchewan.  In 1985, he returned to Holland for the 40th Anniversary of the Liberation of Holland Celebrations.  At the age of 70 in 1983, he typed his recollections of the war using a manual typewriter and using only one finger.  It took him several months to produce however the final document is a great collection of his happier memories from the war and not a story about the horrors.  The published book is titled  “My Days in The Army -- Recollections of World War II”.

    A celebration of Walter's life will be held on 12 February at the Royal Canadian Legion, Branch #27, Normandy Room, 9964 - 93 Avenue, Fort Saskatchewan.  Interment in the Legion Field of Honour, Fort Saskatchewan Cemetery.  Donations may be made to the Kipnes Centre for Veterans, 4470 McCrae Avenue N.W., Edmonton AB T5E 6M8 or the Capital Care Home Care Support Program, #121, 10420 - 98 Avenue, Fort Saskatchewan, AB T8L 2N6. {gdMar2016kh}