Kearns, Walter Reginald

August 31, 1925 – November 16, 2021
Walter Reginald Kearns passed away peacefully at Father Lacombe Long Term Care in Calgary, Alberta on November 16, 2021.

Born in Meaford, Ontario, Walter was the only son of Gertrude Kearns (nee Bowles) and Reginald Matthew Kearns on August 31, 1925.

He was predeceased by his loving wife of 53 years, Jeanne Kearns (nee Stitt) and by his three sisters, Beatrice May Kearns, Marion McNair (nee Kearns) and Velma Thompson (nee Kearns).

Walter was the loving father of Margaret Ruth Pichnej (nee Kearns) of Calgary, Alberta and Douglas Walter Kearns of Meaford, Ontario and grandfather to Paige Elise Hilderman of Montreal, PQ and Alison Danielle Hilderman of Calgary, AB and a great granddaughter Ella May Andrusyshyn of Calgary, AB.

Walter and Jeanne Kearns owned and operated their farm on the 9th line for many years as well as owned and operated Kearns’ Residential Home (group home) for 30 years.  They travelled extensively in Canada and the US, enjoying many vacations with family and friends.

 ‘A loving kind father and husband; you will be sadly missed dear Dad.  May you rest in peace, reunited with the love of your life, Jeannie.’

A private service will be conducted at the Olivet Baptist Church in Meaford on Saturday, November 27, 2021. A service of committal and interment will follow at Lakeview Cemetery in Meaford.  Due to the Covid-19 rules and restrictions, attendees must have had both Covid-19 vaccinations and masks are mandatory.  If you wish to view a recording of the service please contact the funeral home for further details.

As your expression of sympathy and in lieu of flowers, donations to Cancer Research or a charity of your choice would be appreciated and may be made through the Ferguson Funeral Home, 48 Boucher St. E., Meaford, ON   N4L 1B9 to whom arrangements have been entrusted.


Private Family Service at Olivet Baptist Church in Meaford.

Donations: Cancer Research or Charity of Choice
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Memories & Messages of condolence

  1. Cyril Yorke
    Friday, November 19, 2021

    I remember Walter coming with me to Calgary in my 18 wheeler,on my first trip from Collingwood to Calgary ,in my truck with one bed,he said I am not sleeping with you
    So we got a motel,and we had a fantastic trip and time
    Such a pleasant memory,RIP my friend,and we meet again

  2. Andy Kerr
    Saturday, November 20, 2021

    Very sad to hear of Uncle Walt’s passing. Uncle Walt was a great man, he and Uncle Alan were great role models in my younger days. I remember helping Uncle Walt and Uncle Al brining in hay on the 9th line north farm. He taught me how to drive the old ford tractor raking hay and how to stouk hay bales. Uncle Walt was a very kind soft spoken man, he will be greatly missed. Rest In Peace. Andy and family

  3. Kathy Adams
    Saturday, November 20, 2021

    Dear Walter, many memories made in your home with your family. Always looking relaxed in your chair with a smile, welcoming us all into your home.Your gentle personality made us all feel welcome. You are now together with Jeanie again

  4. Dawn Kerr-Heibein
    Saturday, November 20, 2021

    Dear Doug and Margaret, sorry to hear of your dads passing.
    Thinking of you both,


  5. Gerry Knight
    Saturday, November 20, 2021

    Doug and Marg, my sincerest condolences on the passing of your father. You are both in my thoughts and prayers.
    Gerry Knight

  6. Edna van Aalst
    Saturday, November 20, 2021

    Doug and Marg.
    I have many good memories of Walt. From when I was small child growing up on the 9th line until many years later when we were employed at Bay Ridge Orchards. His kind ways and laid back sense of humor helped me through many busy days. I think of him often.

  7. Bill Kaufman
    Saturday, November 27, 2021

    Walter was a gentle man. I never saw him argue with his wife. I boarded with Walt and Jeanne for 4 months. He helped make this home. When I was joined by my family, they became good friends. We will miss Walt.

  8. Kevin Adams
    Saturday, November 27, 2021

    Doug and marg,

    My deepest sympathy’s. So many great memories of Walter, lots of Saturday nights watching hockey night in Canada, every New Year’s Day going snowmobiling and watching the football games later, Rest In Peace.

    So sorry I couldn’t attend.

    Kevin Adams


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