Another long-time resident of Christie Lake has passed away.  Howard Walters had been cottaging on Christie Lake for over 65 years.  Howard was introduced to the lake by his wife (Evelyn Gibson) after their wedding in 1954.  Evelyn’s parent’s, Herb Gibson and May Keays were from the Lammermoor and Harper areas Northwest of Perth.  Although Howard and Evelyn settled in Grimsby, Ontario, trips to the lake were always a bit of a homecoming for the family to visit friends and relatives who lived in Lanark County.  Howard, Evelyn and their children (Jane, Iris, Ian & Mark) began their cottage experience by renting from Jordan’s Cottages.  With a desire to visit the lake more frequently they bought a cottage in McManus Bay from the Noonan family in 1971. Howard’s son’s Ian and Mark still own cottages on the lake to this day.  


             Howard Freel Walters

October 27th, 1932 – January 6th, 2024




Passed away at McNally House Hospice, in his 92nd year. Predeceased by his wife Evelyn (2019) and daughters Jane Schinbein (2012) (Tom) and Iris Brown (2017) (Gerald (2022)).

Survived by sons Ian (JoAnn) and Mark (Laurie). Loving Papa of grandchildren; Jason, Brittany, Emily, Christopher, Jessica, and Robert.

Howard was Past Master of Union Lodge No. 7., 32nd degree mason, member of A.& A. S. R. and honorary member of Hiram No. 105 Lodge in New York. He was also President of the Grimsby Curling Club in 1977-78. Howard met his lovely wife Evelyn (civil employee) while stationed in Trenton during his term in the Air Force. They were married 65 years before she passed away in 2019. After serving in the Air Force, Howard returned to his roots on the family farm on what is now part of the Fifty Point Conservation Area. His passion for farming and gardening continued into his retirement years. During his retirement he honed his carpentry skills and left a legacy by building model doll houses for his grand daughters. As a life-long resident of Grimsby he made deep and lasting friendships through his participation in lodge, curling and euchre. Howard enjoyed summers on Christie Lake in Lanark County and fishing for walleye when he wasn’t building decks and docks.

Cremation has taken place. Visitation at STONEHOUSE-WHITCOMB FUNERAL HOME, 11 Mountain Street, GRIMSBY (905-945-2755) on Tuesday, February 6, 2024 from 3-5 and 7-9 p.m. with Masonic Service at 7 p.m. A Service of Remembrance will take place at the Funeral Home on Wednesday, February 7, 2024, at 11 a.m. Private interment in the family lot at Fifty Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to St. Andrew’s ChurchCancer Society or McNally House Hospice.