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August 2, 1960 — October 6, 2023

Walter Vereschagin, a native of Kelowna, BC, passed away at the age of 63. Throughout his life, he dedicated himself to a career in emergency services, serving as a paramedic and firefighter from the age of 23.  A significant chapter of his professional life spanned 17 years in Saudi Arabia, where he trained individuals to become firefighters.

Beyond his career, Walter’s heart belonged to his family. He met his beloved wife Linzi 23 years ago in Saudi Arabia and they’ve celebrated 19 years of marriage. He cherished his time on the ball field, and hockey arenas where he watched his children with pride. An outdoors enthusiast, he embraced activities such as golfing and fishing.  Known for his social and outgoing nature, Walter was a source of happiness and positivity for those around him. He rarely voiced complaints, always putting family at the forefront of his priorities. He had enthusiasm and was a true fun-loving spirit.

Walter Vereschagin’s legacy will be remembered and cherished by his dear wife, Linzi; his treasured children Brian (Valeriya), Steven, Colleen (Mathew), Nicholas, Oliver, and Rowan; and his precious grandchildren Lola, Emmett, Macy, and Ripley.  Walter is survived by his adored mother, Vera Roberts; and his two wonderful sisters, Gail and Kathy. He has joined his brother’s sprit, Joesph, who passed in 1983.

As an expression of sympathy flowers may be sent, or, if you prefer, a donation may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society.

The family invites you to honour Walter at a Memorial Service that will be held on TUESDAY, OCTOBER 17, 2023, at 10:00 AM (PDT), at SPRINGFIELD FUNERAL HOME, 2020 Springfield Road, Kelowna, BC. A reception will follow the service. If you are unable to attend in person, please join the family online by Livestream at the time of the service (see below), a recording will be made available to view shortly thereafter.

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TUESDAY, OCTOBER 17, 2023, at 10:00 AM (PDT)


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The service for VERESCHAGIN, Walter is scheduled for TUESDAY, OCTOBER 17, 2023, at 10:00 AM (PDT). Below you will find the map for the service location and the contact information should you have any questions.

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2020 Springfield Road Kelowna, BC


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  • Maura Feehan Buker says:

    Linzi and family, so very sorry for your great loss.

  • Mike Wells says:

    Sending my condolences to the whole family. Walter will be missed by us all.

    • Tracey Doubinin says:

      Walter was a really great cousin. He will be very missed. May he rest in Peace. Condolences to Auntie Vera

  • Robert Pepper says:

    My Friend Walter. Rest in peace. My condolences to your family. The Pepper’s

  • John Kazakoff says:

    My greatest condolences go to Linzi, Vera, Nicholas, Oliver , Rowan, Brian, Steven , Colleen , Gail and Cathy. Walter will be truly missed by all his loved ones , friends and relatives. Rest in Peace my Cousin

  • David Kobayashi says:

    I was sad to hear the news of Walter’s passing. I will cherish the memories growing up with Walter, Joey, Kathy and Gail in Winfield, as they lived down the road from us. My condolences to Vera, Kathy, Gail and Walter’s family and extended family. Rest in Peace Walter.
    David Kobayashi – Vancouver

  • Bernard Snook says:

    Linzi and the family, we can only imagine what you’re going through. Be assured our thoughts and prayers are with you all, God Bless

  • Gill Sillett says:

    Sending you all love, hugs and prayers, from Gill, Fred n family .

  • Delilah Topic says:

    It was an absolute pleasure to be Walter’s oncologist. My sincerest condolences to the entire family. He is a patient that I will never forget. ~Dr. Topic

  • Joanne Maughan says:

    Sending our deepest sympathies and thoughts to you all in this difficult time.
    Walter lived a life full of adventures and love.
    Sending you all strength and love.
    Your geordie friends Joanne & Dave.

  • Alma Gardiner says:

    To Linzi and all the family, we send love and prayers to you all. God bless you all. Alma and Bob.

  • Deirdre & Blackie says:

    Sending our heartfelt sympathies Linzi to you, your kids and all of Walters family. Such a difficult time for you all as you grapple with Walters passing – I can’t even begin to imagine how you must be feeling. Such a lovely service though – it really captured a small fragment of the amazing man Walter was… he’ll be sadly missed by so many because he gave so much to so many. Sending hugs 💔

  • Sharon Farrington says:

    Dear Linzi and Family,
    So very, very sorry for your loss. Sharon, Alex and Michaela

  • Randy says:

    Sorry to hear of your loss, my condolences. The family and emergency services has suffered a huge blow that will leave a gap that will take a long time to fill.

  • Rob Thibert says:

    I worked in Edmonton and Strathcona County with Walt. He was my friend

  • Jim Crawford says:

    Sad to hear of Walters passing to passing today. Sincere condolences to all to all the family. I worked with Walter at Strathcona County Fire service, and travelled to different towns in Alberta training Fire Department members. always enjoyed the time. Rest easy Walter

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