Funeral held for hockey legend Wayne Gretzky's father Walter

Cornelia Mascio
Marzo 7, 2021

Walter Gretzky, the father of hockey great Wayne Gretzky, has died at the age of 82. Walter Gretzky had battled Parkinson's disease for many years and had "other health issues", according to his son. He was the reason I fell in love with the game of hockey ...

He touched thousands of lives with his kindness and generosity, and Walter Gretzky is being remembered as everybody's hockey dad. I'm so proud of the fact that so many people have reached out and given him such great tributes because he deserves it.

Wayne and his wife Janet Jones Gretzky confirmed his death just before midnight on Thursday.

Walter was born in Canning, Ontario and he even played for the Junior B Woodstock Warriors in his teen years. He was named to the Order of Canada in 2007 "for his contributions to minor hockey in Canada and for his dedication to helping a myriad of local, provincial and national charities".

"Grandpa, I miss you and will always cherish the moments we spent together", Paulina wrote.

"He says Walter embraced the occasion, "'He looked at me and said, 'Tom, three times so far in my life I've been told I wouldn't make it through the night, so every day is a blessing, let's just go have fun'".

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