GITOW, Walter - It is with deep sorrow that we announce the sudden passing of our beloved husband and father, Walter, on June 7, 2021 at Sunnybrook Hospital.
Walter leaves behind his heart-broken wife, Lucy, and his dearest son, Walter Jr. Godfather to David Krysak, Jr.
He will be deeply missed by a large network of dear friends, colleagues, and students.
Walter was a high school chemistry teacher at Leaside High School, where he devoted 34 years of his teaching career. In addition to his commitment as a teacher, he was a volleyball coach, bringing the girls volleyball team to the OFSAA Championship. He will be remembered for his deep commitment and passion for chemistry, and for making chemistry relatable through real world examples for all students. Walter was respected by his students and colleagues alike.
The family wishes to thank Dr. Noah Forman, Walter’s primary physician, for the many years of compassion and patient centered care. They will always be grateful for his dedicated care and support throughout the years. A special thanks and recognition to Lidia Grossi, Dr. Forman’s executive administrative assistant, for her professionalism and caring.
The family would also like to thank Dr. Matthew Oliver, division head of Nephrology at Sunnybrook Hospital, Dr. Jeremy Gilbert and Dr. Steven Orlov, endocrinologists, along with the countless dialysis nurses and Dr. Sheldon Tobe, in the Sunnybrook nephrology unit, Dr. Amanda Mayo, amputee rehabilitation and Daniel Maassen, prosthetist. Dr. Melvin Silverman, senior staff nephrologist at Toronto General Hospital. Dr. Leslie Spevack, urologist at North York General Hospital. Additional thanks to Dr. Robert Myers, cardiologist at Sunnybrook, and the entire ICU team during Walter’s most critical care.
Services at this time will be held privately for family and by invitation only due to COVID-19 restrictions, on Monday, June 14, 2021 at 10:30am at the Kane-Jerrett Funeral Home, 8088 Yonge Street, Thornhill.
Following the funeral service, a committal service will take place at York Cemetery, 160 Beecroft Road, North York at 12 pm. For those wishing to pay a final respect to Walter, you can do so at York Cemetery in Section N Lot 665 following the committal rites.
Donations in memory of Walter may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation and the Kidney Foundation.