William Ross Walters, MD, known as “Bucky” to many of his friends, and
colleagues, and “Uncle Bucky” to his nieces & nephews, passed away
peacefully on Sept 26, 2022 at The Hanover & District Hospital. He was 92.
Bill was born in Toronto, on June 7, 1930 to Dr. W. Ross Walters MD
and Aileen Walters (nee Lacey). The second born, he had an older sister and two
Bill lived and grew up in the Beaches area of Toronto. He attended
public school in the Beaches, and was as at Malvern Collegiate for high school.
After graduating high school, he
enrolled at the University of Toronto in Medicine, following in the footsteps
of his father, who was a prominent Toronto physician and Chief of Staff at The Grace
Hospital in Toronto.
While at U of T, in the early and mid 1950’s he was an
accomplished athlete on the Varsity Blues Hockey and Football teams, as he
studied medicine. On the ice, he was a
quick skater and gritty competitor. Golf
was also a passion, doing trips with the North American Medical Golf
Association with trips to the US and Europe over the years.
Graduating in 1955, he left Toronto and spent time interning in
Wichita, Kansas and some time at the Cleveland Clinic studying urology. He
returned to Canada, and settled in Caledonia for a number of years working with
a senior physician, who had a local practice. Dr. Bucky took an interest in general
practice with a keen interest in Obstetrics.
It was during his time in Caledonia he met Carol Murray. Carol and Bill
married on July 19, 1963. A few months after being wed, an opportunity arose to
re-establish a local practice in Mildmay. In 1963, he and Carol moved to Bruce
County. He practiced in Mildmay from 1963 to 1993, with hospital privileges at
The County of Bruce General Hospital, in Walkerton, as it was known then. After
retiring from his full-time practice, Dr. Walters did numerous locums in
various communities in northern Ontario. A favorite locale, of both he &
Carol, was Longloc, Ontario. He did a good number of locums there, over a good
number of years, till his mid 70’s.
He lived at his country home, close to Ayton and Neustadt, and loved
the piece of property he was fortunate to have. He loved seeing deer in the
front fields from the downstairs living room window, or sitting out back on the
deck that overlooked the forest behind his house. He loved his home.
Bucky had a true love of the North, having his camp at his
favorite place on the planet, Noganosh Lake. Hunting in his younger years as
part of the Hunt Club there, he built his own cabin in 1975, and enjoyed many
summer vacations, and winter snowmobile trips with many friends and family over
Survived by his wife, Carol and their children, Ross, Mary Beth
and Alex plus his grandchildren Meghan, Blake, Garrett and Zac.
The family is grateful for the compassionate care Dad received
from both the health teams at the Hanover & District Hospital over these
past few weeks, and also to the staff at the Walkerton Hospital, when he was
there for medical care in the past year. Thank you to all the kind and
compassionate doctors and nurses.
A private family only visitation and service will take place and
private internment in Neustadt Baptist Cemetery. Please join the family for a
celebration of life at Trixie’s
Saloon In Ayton on Sunday, October 16, 2022 from 12 noon till 4 pm.
Donations may be made directly to the Diabetes Society or the Terry Fox Fund.
Arrangements entrusted to the Greg Roberts Funeral Home, Mildmay, ON.
I am sorry to hear of your loss.
I still remember how you came to our home in Hanover with a salad when I was pregnant with Katie and Steve had just quit his job at Hank's and I did not know where we would get our next meal from and I needed fresh veggies for my unborn and I prayed to God and you were the answer to that prayer!
I was so astonished! You are very in touch with God and I thank you for that. I will never forget it.
God bless you during this time of sorrow,
Hello Barb ,
I felt pleased when you ssnt a comment in the obituaries regarding my husband. I
believe we met at Holy Family Church. We both enrolled in a study program which
Fr. Newstead conducted. I am a Senior person now, but I still remember you.
Thank you so much for remembering me.
My family and I lived next to his home and office.As I recall,Him and my Mom Florence often teased each other over the back fence.I babysat his children and wasn’t long he was delivering my own.He gave me a picture of Dad (Abe) sitting on his cabin porch He really enjoyed that trip.Thankyou for being that real small town doctor. Carol, you and your children are in my prayers. Nancy (Neisen) Gillelan
We always appreciated how skilful Bucky was at his medical work.As a friend he was special and entertaining .
Ross, Marybeth and Alex must know that their dad made his huge contribution to the area, as the physicians were few. Bucky was proud of his kids and happy when each was doing their best. We especially send our condolences to Carol, and recognize that as his wife, through her lifestyle, she was there in dedicated support of him, to do his good work.
Our deepest and heartfelt condolences to the Walters family. Doc was the first friend we made when we moved here and to have known him for over thirty years was a gift. It was an occasion when he'd drop by for a visit while out on one of his strolls, oh the stories he'd tell would keep us in stitches and half the time I'd be wondering if he was pulling my leg again. He was one of a kind as a person as well as a doctor. Caring and compassionate, he'd tell it like it was no holds barred. A truly refreshing character who will be missed by all who knew him and we're fortunate enough to call him a friend. God Bless you Doc.
Sincerely Terry and Ray
Dear Carol and family, so very sorry to hear about the passing of your dear husband, father and Grandfather. Doc always had a quick wit and I enjoyed chatting with him over the years and will cherish my memories of him. He will be missed especially by all of you who he was so proud of. My sincere condolences to all of you. Kathy Russwurm
As the youngest daughter of Eric Hadfield, Ross Walters was a good family friend. A familiar name spoken on our Noganosh summer vacations.....Dr. Walters Sr. brought all three Hadfield siblings into this world! On to your happy hunting grounds.....
Carol and Family
Our sympathy to you all at the passing of "Doc".
He was quite a man...no matter where or when we met him, he always had a comment. You will all have great memories of him to cherish.
My dad "Keith" always had a chuckle when he met up with Bill--- many comments passed between them.
Sincere condolences from the Rehkopf and Campbell families.
Thank you Bonnie.
It is a difficult time, but I still remember your dad, Keith. Whenever I saw him he always stopped to have a chat. It was never a greeting as we passed by each other, but an actual " stop and talk " occasion. The two men "made a difference" in the community !
To the Walters families; So sorry to hear of the passing of Dr.Bill.(as we knew him). Our thoughts and prayers go out to you at this sad time.Please know that we are thinking of you. Your neighbours on Grey Rd. 3. Bill and Marlene Douma.
Carol and family. Sorry to hear about the loss of a dear husband, father, and grandfather.
Mildmay was very fortunate to have such a dedicated and knowledgeable doctor for so many years.
My prayers and thoughts are with you.
My sympathies Carol, Ross,Marybeth and Alec
He was a pillar to us all and always not afraid to speak up.
We always made a joke to him about talking his shoes or boots off at the door. He never did but we knew that was ok too. Say hello to dad Bucky, and give him a big hug. If Noganosh was heaven. I am sure you would be there