Harold “Bucky” Walters

Harold Joseph “Bucky” Walters passed away peacefully at the Chatham Health Alliance hospital on June 23, 2021.
Born in Toronto to parents William and Gertrude Walters on April 14, 1924, he and his family moved to Chatham when he was 5 years old where he spent the rest of his long life. He is survived by his wife of 68+ years, Ruth Lillian Walters (Thompson) and his 2 sons, Paul S. Walters of Chatham and Brian S. Walters of Long Beach, California. Predeceased by his siblings and their spouses Edna Hicks (Tom), William Walters(Doris), & Reg Walters (Bonnie) and his in-laws , Margaret Webb (Norman),Jack Thompson (Lil), Malcolm Thompson (Pauline).
Bucky farmed for a few years at Kings Corners at the outskirts of Chatham and spent the majority of his working life in the farm machinery business as a salesman for the Massey-Harris dealership in Chatham and Leeson Equipment (Chatham) before starting his own business known as ‘Bucko Equipment’ on Richmond Street West, which he carried on for many years until his retirement.
He was a member of First Presbyterian Church of Chatham for 80 years, serving on the Board of Managers and the Roof Restoration Project. Known mostly silently as a very generous person for many charitable causes as well as countless efforts to assist friends and family.
He was also a volunteer with Outreach for Hunger and a former member of the Thames Skating Club and Chatham Granite Club.
Bucky is fondly remembered by several surviving nieces, nephews and friends too numerous to mention but whose kindness, friendship and support will not be forgotten by his family. The family would like to thank Drs Bailey and Biondi, and the Thamesview Health team as well as the staff at Bayshore Home Care for their ongoing care. Cremation has taken place and as per his wishes no service or visitation is planned. Memorial donations in lieu of flowers can be made to the Salvation Army (Chatham) or Outreach for Hunger (Chatham).

21 Comments on “Harold “Bucky” Walters”

  1. Bucky and Ruth were solid members of First Church who we remember with respect for their faithfulness and good works.

    Sincere condolences to family.

  2. Dear Mrs Walters, I want you to know that I am thinking of you during this time of loss. You and Mr. Walters were long-time, faithful friends to my parents, Marjorie and Bud. They always spoke so highly of you both. And as an adult I came to realize myself, what special people you are. You are both the kind of people who make others feel good after spending time talking to you. Please know my prayers are with you now. Take care of yourself.

  3. Paul and family my condolences on the loss of your treasure. Prayers and thoughts! I had no idea he was Bucko! Would love to connect sometime Paul.

  4. To the Walters family Bucky and Reg where two Great brothers who I had the good fortune to meet and get to know. It been many years but I can smell his pipe. I remember many time when Bucky would come to shoot the breeze with my dad, some of the tales just make me laugh. I know condolences are in order,however all I can do is smile and celebrate a great life well lived. R.I.P.

    Karl Leeson

  5. Dear Ruth, Paul and Brian
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time. Bucky was such a nice man and he will be sadly missed by family and friends. My parents were such great friends with Bucky and Ruth. Now he is up in heaven with them. Take care.
    Linda and Ron Havens and family

  6. Ruth I will always remember Bucky and his sence of humor. He was a wonderful volunteer here at Outreach and he will always be in our hearts. My thoughts and prayers are you.
    Brenda Leclair

  7. Always remember Bucky as a funny, loving, and young at heart fellow loved by many. Hugs and condolences to family

  8. There are characters in life and than there was Bucko. He certainly had one of the better sense of humors and I can still remember many them that put a smile on my face today. We were all certainly very lucky to have great parents and families. Our thoughts and prayers are with you Ruth, Paul and Brian. Long live our memories. Paul, we had a goodtime working for Bucko one summer, learned a lot about farm machinery but only remember one piece…..the old’48 Farmall CUB tractor..
    Our Best, The Jamieson’s

  9. Mrs. Walters, Brian& Paul!
    My thoughts are with you at this difficult time! Bucky certainly had a great life! All the very best to you folks!

  10. On behalf of the late Kingsley terry our family offers our condolences to you and your family at this sad time

  11. Ruth and Family!
    My condolences to you and your family. Bucky was such a great guy, he will be missed!
    Bob Fletcher

  12. Brian, Ruth and Paul,
    We’re very sorry to hear of Bucko’s passing. Thinking of you all at this sad time.
    Don and Penny

  13. Ruth, Paul and Brian
    So sorry to hear of Bucky’s passing. He was quite a character, and I know he will be missed by your family and many friends. My thoughts are with you.


  14. So sorry for your loss.
    In reading thru many of the tributes, it becomes clear where Paul (WB)) and Brian (CB) got their sense of humour.
    Hold onto to the good memories!
    Rick MacFarlane

  15. Bucky was a true gentleman with a sense of humour right to the end. I’ll miss our visits & how you’d say ‘see you later alligator’ when I was leaving and would reply ‘in awhile crocodile’. How fitting now, Rest well Mr. Walters.

  16. Dear Ruth. I am sorry to hear about Bucky’s passing. You and he were like another set of parents to me except you got me whenever I got the childhood diseases when my parents were on vacation. I remember reading me that terribly prong cowboy book at bedtime. You tried to talk him out of it but he was right. Worked like a charm. I feel asleep quickly. My parents always enjoyed coming to visit and playing cards of some kind or other. Paul and Brian got stuck with the pesty girl who wouldn’t shut up. My memories of you both bring me great joy. I love you both very much. I would love to give you a call if there was a way for me to get in touch with you. As you know many of my family are still in Chatham. Again my thoughts and prayers are with you and your boys. Bucky was one of a kind awesome man
    Love Pam (Parry) Ainscough

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