On Tuesday, May 18 our family was forever changed by the loss of our devoted and dedicated husband and father. At the age of 45, Terry John Edward William Walsh passed away, surrounded by his loving wife and three children at the Royal Alexandra Hospital in Edmonton, AB after a brief battle with Covid-19. Anyone that had the privilege of knowing our husband and father would know he was a man of great character. He loved life fully, cared for his family and friends deeply, and filled their lives with a joy that only he could provide. Those who have been touched by Terry’s life would understand the deep void our family is experiencing.
Terry was born in St Johns, NL on July 4, 1975. He grew up in Conception Bay South and graduated from Holy Spirit High School. Terry was a passionate athlete who played hockey, rugby, and softball, represented the Newfoundland Provincial Rugby Team, and played Junior A hockey with the Charlottetown Abbies.
Terry attended Holland College in PEI in 1996, met his wife Kristina, and together they started a career in Corrections. Terry went on to serve 24 years with the Correctional Service of Canada at the Edmonton Institution. The most memorable moments of his career were the 14 years he served as an Emergency Response Team member and leader. His favorite ‘place to be’ was sitting at the rink watching his three children play hockey and lacrosse. He dedicated many years of coaching to the sports his children were passionate about. Sharing a love of sport with his three children was his greatest source of joy and pride. If Terry was not at the rink, he could also be found hunting and sledding with his friends and sons. Terry’s buddies will remember many hours of laughter while sharing a rum and coke.
Kristina and Terry would have celebrated twenty years of marriage on August 25, 2021. They shared 24 happy years creating many memories with family and friends that included camping, travel, and attending road trips to cheer on their children at sporting events. In the last year of Terry’s life, he met his best buddy Ruger. Ruger filled Terry’s heart with immense joy and happiness. Our husband and father was a deeply devoted family man who will live forever in our hearts.
Terry is survived by his wife Kristina, their three children; Alex, Rylan, and Reese; mother Sharon; brother Kurt (Tara); mother-in-law, Georgie; sister in law, Kim (Corey), his five niece and nephews; Molly, Kasey, Avery, Joel, and Rachel as well as countless aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends. He was predeceased by his father, Bernie, and father-in-law, John.
Due to current Covid 19 travel restrictions, a service to honor Terry will be held at a date when all his family and friends can gather to celebrate his life. Our family has been deeply moved by the love and support we have received from so many people over the past three weeks. We would like to give our heartfelt thanks to our family and friends.
To send expressions of sympathy to the family, please visit: www.riverviewfuneral.com
Neil Campbell-Wallwork, Funeral Director
First Memorial Funeral Services – Riverview Chapel