Shier, Walter & Thelma #112

Honoured by Sandra & Mark Shier

Walter Shier was born in Vroomanton, Ont., obtained his schooling in San Benito Texas, returning to Toronto where he fell in love with and married Thelma Palmer, from the Forks of the Credit.

When Walter graduated as a Stationery Engineer, he was the youngest to do so. At the age of 13, he won a cross Canada contest on “How to end World War I”. Both of my parents, although very private were proactive in volunteering and supporting many causes. My father, Anglican, was a Mason and my mother, United was a member of the Eastern Star.

My parent’s dream was to live in Northern Ontario, and while retiring in North Bay on Trout Lake, their journey took them to New Liskeard, Blind River, and Hornell Heights Air Base. Daughter Sandra was born in Toronto, May 21, 1941 and Grandson Mark Shier born North Bay on January 18, 1963.

With The family move To Trout Lake, Walter, who was an avid hunter became a staunch conservationist.  He protected anything that flew or walked over his property.

One of Walter’s greatest achievements was the designing and installing of the North Bay Air Base Heating system. This was an underground piping system which provided heat for not only the homes but all of the buildings, barrack, Messes, etc. He enjoyed his staff and was proud of their contribution includingafter hour Chess Tournaments.

Thelma excelled at everything she did! Described as a Sunday School Teacher, Chaperone at all teen dances,Girl Guide Leader, Best Mom and Cook ever, an Encourager and Supporter.  She kept everyone in stitches because of her antics.  Her own family who never understood her moving North enjoyed their vacations on Trout Lake especially the Air Shows and solitude – not at the same time….

Thelma helped people physically, financially and emotionally.  She was a beautiful person and anyone who knew her was better for it.

Although my parents will never go down historically in North Bay, they were loved and will forever be part of what makes North Bay so great!