Walter Baird, born on the 27th day of April, 1944 in Motherwell, Lanarkshire, Scotland, passed away shortly after midnight on the 8th day of October, 2020 in Woodstock, Ontario in his 76th year.
Walter married the love of his life on the 12th day of March, 1966 in Motherwell, Lanarkshire, Scotland with whom he then migrated with, almost immediately afterwards, to Kitchener, Ontario, Canada. Both Walter and Helen looked forward to the excitement of starting their lives together and growing their family in Canada so many years ago.
A great artist and lover of everything football, one of his greatest passions was spending time with his friends and family and making all the wee ones laugh. His laughter was one of a kind and his zest for life was contagious. Always up for a good song and dance and known far and wide for his kindness and generosity towards anyone who crossed his path.
Predeceased by his mother Mary (Burnhope) Baird and father Walter Baird, his beloved wife Helen (Smith) Baird, his nephew Wally Muir, his twin brother Jimmy Baird, his brother in law Edward Curwood and his eldest sister Betty (Baird) Muir respectively.
Walter's spirit and life will continue to live on in the family and friends he leaves behind. Walter is survived by his daughter Kirsty (Baird) Stark and his son in law William Stark and their two children, Walter's grandchildren, Mykenzie and Kameron Stark. His son Russell Baird and his two children, Walter's grandchildren, Drake and Drew Baird. Walter's sister Anne (Baird) Curwood and her children, his niece Aileen (Curwood) Hodder and family and nephew Cameron Curwood and family as well as Betty's children, Walter's nephew's and their families, Jim Muir and Clark Muir.
The family will be planning a celebration of Walter's life in the weeks to come for immediate family only due to Covid-19 restrictions. If you would like to leave your condolences for Walter's family, please do so at your convenience here. If you would like to make a donation in Walter's memory, we ask that you do so to the Alzheimer’s Society of Ontario: https://alzheimer.ca/on/en/about-us/alzheimer-society-ontario
The family thanks you in advance for any and all donations in Walter's name and greatly appreciates all messages of sympathy and condolences.
From our family to yours We are so sorry for your loss. Losing a parent is a very difficult moment in our lives. I fondly remember as a little girl both Walter and Helen at our house at Christmas and New Years. That was back in the old days when we always spent holidays together as a big multi branch family. They were always laughing, joking, and playing with us kids. We wish that all your wonderful memories fill your hearts with joy and stay with you in the tough times ahead. God Bless Aileen, Joe, Connor & Shannon
Rembering many years (50) sharing good times and tough times with Walter and Helen. Cherrished sharing time together ( highs and lows ) while our kids were growing up, they have remained as good as cousin’s. As close as family we enjoyed laughter, great times, great memories and most of all great love. Walter you will be missed..RIP Love always Glyn, Liane and family.
What a beautiful write up, what an amazing soul My heart and condolence to your entire family Do not hesitate to ask for anything!!
Rest in peace Walter. It was time for you to be reunited with your lovely wife.
Rest easy Uncle Walter, I am thankful for the time I got to spend with you and will always remember how you made me laugh. Whenever we appeared on a surprise visit from Scotland you would say ‘Come here and sit on my knee, talk to me’ I would ask what you wanted me to say and you would say ‘Anything, just talk to me’ You wanted to hear that familiar Lanarkshire accent, you were often homesick and would have a wee greet. You loved when we visited and it always ended up in a sing song of all the old Scottish songs. You were a great friend to my father when they lived here as well as my Aunt and Uncle, the love of ‘fitba’ was definitely a bond! You were among the 15 people at my parent’s wedding, that day was filled with stories. I am so glad we got to see you last year and we reconnected with Kirsty. Our friendship will be a testimony to our families long running, sporadic only through distance, friendship. My heart goes out to them, I hope they find comfort knowing you are at peace and reunited with your beautiful love. Jacqueline