For Posterity's Sake
A Royal Canadian Navy Historical Project
In memory of those who have Crossed the Bar
PARSONS, Wallace Walton - It is with profound sadness that we announce the passing of Wally Parsons, on Sunday, May 26, 2019 in his 96th year, at Camp Hill Veteran’s Memorial Building. Born in Halifax in 1923, he was the son of the late Louis and Mary Jane (Hoddinott) Parsons on Liverpool Street, Halifax, Nova Scotia, where he made his home his entire life. Wally is also predeceased by his younger sister Jean (Ken) McElroy. He is survived by his wife Shirley (Burstall) Halifax, his sister Winifred (Nelson) Doull; son Greg (Shelley MacDonald) Timberlea and daughter Lisa Parsons, Halifax; Grandchildren, Melissa (Clint) Riley, Jonathan (Natalie) Parsons, Shauna Krasuski, Benjamin Parsons, Gillian Parsons and Ian Parsons along with two great-grandchildren, Matthew and Jacob as well as many nieces and nephews. Wally always lived life with the importance of family, dedication, integrity and love in his heart. In his formative years, to support his mother and father, he picked up as many paper routes as he possibly could as well as many other odd jobs, including being a rivet counter on the ships in the Halifax Shipyard. He has the exalted title of being a Second World War Veteran. At age 19 he entered the navy and served on the corvette ship the HMCS Wallaceburg for 2 ½ years. Wally would often regale us with his many stories of his life at sea, which will always be remembered. Wally worked hard as Operations Manager at RCA for 39 years. Shirley and Wally enjoyed many fantastic trips abroad through RCA and made many lasting friendships. In his retirement, which lasted 32 years, he spent many happy hours with his grandchildren and great grandchildren. Wally loved music, especially country and western, and took great pleasure listening to his tapes and records. He could always be heard humming his favorite tunes as he went about his daily chores. Wally was also fond of playing the harmonica, and was exceptionally good at it. He confided not long ago that he wished he could have pursued a career in music. We will miss him beyond imagining and wish that now, wherever he is, that all his hopes and dreams come true. A Celebration of Life is taking place on Thursday, May 30, 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm at the Atlantic Funeral Home, 6552 Bayers Road. Friends and family all welcome. Private family burial to follow.
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