The funeral of Wayne Grytsky’s father, Walter, was held on Saturday afternoon at an Anglican church in Brantford, the Ontario town where the legend of the National Hockey League was born.
In the presence of her relatives, “La Merville” also paid tribute to the memory of the person who died Thursday at the age of 82. Acknowledging his participation in the sport he loved so much, Walter Gretzky made an impression on everyone he had contact with, according to his son.
“He was an amazing man who loved life and family. […] His heart was gold, ”he mentioned the number 99, also explaining that his father had suffered a groin injury a few weeks ago and that his death had nothing to do with COVID-19.
“We felt the end was approaching recently, but he had an enormous sense of hope, unlike anything I’ve seen before, and he didn’t want to leave.” Wayne Gretzky, who ended his talk for nearly six minutes in tears, added, “We sat with him for 21 days, telling each other stories. And enjoy life. “
The former hockey player emphasized the values held by the father, in relation to his family as much as to the country.
“It was good for all his grandchildren he loved. He understood the importance of being close to them. And there was Canadian culture. Her family immigrated here because they wanted a better life. I don’t think I have met a Canadian who is more proud than my father.” […] I always told my kids, who were born in the US, to be just as proud of their country as my father was in Canada. He loved this country very much. “
Walter Gritsky lives with five children and 13 grandchildren.
“Evil thinker. Music scholar. Hipster-friendly communicator. Bacon geek. Amateur internet enthusiast. Introvert.”