James William Walker, born June 26, 1928, Moosomin, passed away at Regina General Hospital, February 5, 2018.
James was predeceased by his wife Muriel Graham in 2004; and Eva Haswell in 2016; his parents Samuel Walker and Florence Dodd; sisters Kelly Horsburgh and Dorothy Gillespie/Johnston.
He is survived by sons Glen Walker of Regina, and James Walker of Vancouver, plus numerous cousins, nieces, and nephews.
James started his career as a chef in 1945 at age 17 at the Hotel Saskatchewan. Being under the age of 21 he needed his parents’ signed permission to take the training. He worked at Banff Hotel, and ran a restaurant in Imperial, Sask.
In 1950 James married Muriel while working for the Hudson Bay Co. in Flin Flon, Manitoba.
In 1952 James enlisted in the Royal Canadian Air Force, retiring in 1972 with rank of “Sergeant.” He was a Chef in demand.
James lived in almost all of Canada’s provinces, plus Yukon and NWT; Germany, Jamaica, and Sardinia.
After retiring from the RCAF he continued to work for: Pacific Western Airlines in Edmonton; a hospital in Fort Smith, NWT; for an oil company in the Beaufort Sea; and his last employment with “Sisters of the Child Jesus Convent” in North Vancouver, ending in 2003.
James loved to travel and went to many different places. Right up to the end of his life he wanted to travel.
He lived his last 13 years in Regina, driving everywhere! Cremation-burial alongside his wife Muriel, in Regina Memorial Gardens.
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