Walter Donald Cherneski passed away peacefully on August 4, 2020 in Edmonton, Alberta at the age of 81.
Born May 6, 1939 in Cudworth, Saskatchewan to Parents Ann and Matt Cherneski. Walter was one of 5 children in their family.
Walter is preceded in death by his parents, Ann and Matt, loving wife of nearly 55 years, Ardene Cherneski, sisters Vivian Gilbertson (Lionel) and Josie Walters (Jerry)
Walter is survived by his daughters Lana Sikora (Darrel), Karen Rowland (Aaron), Grandchildren Spencer Sikora, Jake Rowland and Mackenzie Richards, sister Cecilia Tropeau (Robert) and Brother Gus Cherneski (Carol), many Nieces, Nephews, Cousins and friends.
Walter, a paraplegic for nearly 58 years, never let life in a wheelchair stop him. Before being injured in a motor vehicle accident he was an airplane mechanic with the Royal Canadian Air force. After his lengthy injury recovery, he was placed in hospital with pneumonia where he met his true love, his nurse Ardene Webb. He loved crib and skunked her while playing and she needed to come back that evening and redeem herself. The rest is history as they say.
He went on to live a full life afterwards. He attended and graduated from NAIT as an electrical engineer and spent his career working, alongside his best friend, James Fearn, at the University of Alberta. Walter modified his vehicles to make them work for him along with retrofitting a holiday trailer to go camping with his family. He is well known around Edmonton and the University campus for riding his made for him hand bike that reached top speeds that would scare anyone else in wheelchair. He was featured in both the Edmonton Sun, Journal and a magazine published in the US called Saturday night for that bike. Walter had a charming nature and ability to make fast friends with anyone. He had many accomplishments and loved the Lord fearlessly. We are thankful for his peace and faith to help us through loosing such a wonderful person.
In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the Canadian Paraplegic Association in his memory.
Memorial service to be held when it is safe for everyone.