Spr Walter W. Critchley (Ret'd)

    • Walter W. Critchley
    • RCE Badge EIIR

    We regret to advise of the death of Sapper Walter W. Critchley, (Ret'd) at Saint Luke’s Homes, St. John's NL on 11 June 2015 at the age of 83.

    Walter was born in Grand Falls-Windsor NL.  After graduating from Grand Falls Academy in 1949 he joined the Canadian Army serving with the Royal Canadian Electrical and Mechanical Engineers, the Naval reserve and the Royal Canadian Engineers. After leaving the Army he returned to school and qualified as a Mechanical Machinist. He was employed by the A.N.D. Company which was the forerunner of Abitibi Price. He retired in 1990 holding the position of Superintendent. 

    Walter was a Life Member of the Royal Canadian Legion Branch #12 in Grand Falls-Windsor NL since 1953.  He served on the local and command executive for many years including President of Provincial Command from 1991-1993.  Walter was also active in the labour movement holding many leading positions including President of the Newfoundland Labrador Federation of Labour for four terms.  He served nine years on the Central Newfoundland Hospital Board including three as Board Chairman.  He also served as Deputy Mayor of the town of Windsor and was a Provincial Justice of the Peace.

    Over his lifetime Walter received many awards including the 125thAnniversary of Confederation of Canada, the Legion’s Meritorious Service Medal, and the Queen’s Golden Jubilee Medal.

    Visitations will take place 15 June at the Sunset Memorial Funeral Home, Grand Falls-Windsor NL. The funeral service will take place 16 June at the Memorial United Church, Grand Falls-Windsor NL. Interment will be at a later date.  Donations may be made to the Heart & Stroke Foundation or the South and Central Health Foundation of the Alzheimer’s Society. {dc/gdMay2016kh}