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In Memory of Cliff Walker

I would like to take this opportunity on behalf of my sister Sharon and my entire family to thank all of you for coming today to this service to celebrate Cliffs life and to show your love and support to my sister. I want to thank Sharon for asking me to speak today about Cliff and to share some memories about him. It is truly an honour to do so. Where to begin to describe my brother in law, Clifford Morely Walker. Cliff has been a part of my life and a very loved and valued member of my familys life for as long as I can remember. Big as Life is how I would describe Cliff. He truly was an amazing man of many talents. He was known to be always kind and generous to his family and to all his friends. He was a loving husband and devoted father to Colleen and Darryl. Cliff worked long hard hours, far and near to ensure that his family had the very best. Im sure we all remember that at one time Cliff even worked in the Alberta Tar Sands. He was an iron worker and a steel rigger by profession which required bravery. He definitively showed no fear: he walked on narrow steel beams at dizzying heights that would make any of us fear for our life. Yet, Cliff just took it all in strides, and to him, it was just a normal day of work. This goes to show the lengths (or in this case - the heights) he would go to in order to provide for his family. Cliff had a heart of gold and he would do anything for anyone as the old saying goes he would give you the shirt off his back and that was Cliff to a T. Cliff loved Christmas so much, it was a special time of year for him. I always remember Sharon saying Cliff wanted to ensure that he got something for our Mom, myself and Clinton. We always looked forward to our holiday gift exchange with Cliff as we never knew what treasures he would have found for us and just to drive my sister crazy every year Clinton and I would buy one of ridiculous animated musical Christmas figures and when Cliff opened it you could see his eyes light up as my sister would just roll her eyes. At Christmas every time when we would see a musical figure, it would always remind us of dear Cliff. Cliff also had an amazing sense of humour and he loved to laugh. He loved to tell jokes and even though the punch line didnt always make sense which I am sure many of you here today have witnessed but he still always made us laugh anyways!!! I particularly admired Cliff for one of his traits because like me, PROFANITY seemed to be his second language (some may argue its our first)!!! My mom and Sharon would constantly chastise us both and tell us to watch our language! Getting back to Cliffs talents he was able to fix almost anything especially cars! I truly believe that Cliff was an auto body expert or a mechanic in another lifetime. He had the ability to take any old beat up clunker and make it look like new again as well as making it purr like a kitten. Oh, how he loved to fix cars, but what he loved the most was to fix his own. Cliff always seem to drive HUGE cars he never really liked new cars he loved the lines and the details of the big classic models. He also had a love for trucks. Only a month ago he still talked about buying a truck like my brother Robs. No matter what he drove - he treated his cars like gold he washed, waxed and detailed them until they shone like a diamond. He took such pride in his cars! They were one of his many joys in life! Cliff was also a huge sports fan, and he liked to talk about it too. And when he would talk to me about sports, I would just nod and pretend to know what he was talking about-but I had absolutely no clue. His love, support and loyalty lay with The Toronto Maple Leafs and Blue Jays. On the weekends he loved to lay on the couch or sit in his big comfy chair and watch the games and every now and then, perhaps utter a few curse words (surprise, surprise). Yes, indeed Cliff was truly one of kindrough and tough on the outside, but deep down he was a kind, gentle, generous and loving soul underneath it all. There is so much I will miss about Cliff but particularly his big smile, his Hollywood Movie Star like silver white hair, his hearty laugh, and who can forget...his beloved BIG BELT BUCKLES. Cliff had struggled for the last few years, and especially in the last few days with his health and Terry, Brenda and Karma had been there for many of those times to provide support and love to both Cliff and Sharon. But he is now free of that. Sharon, as difficult as this time is for you, please always remember that you now have 3 guardian angels looking down and watching over you from heaven above Colleen, Darryl and, now Cliff. May they guide you and protect you for the years to come. Let the love of Colleen, Darryl and Cliff and everyone in this room and even those who could not be here with us today, support you during this difficult time. Although he is gone, he will never be forgotten we will miss you and love you always Cliff! We were all privileged to have known you. May God grant Cliff peace and may perpetual light shine upon him. Amen Thank you.
Posted by Shawn Schmidt
Saturday September 28, 2019 at 2:22 pm
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