Walter Gretzky, father of hockey legend Wayne, dies at age 82

07 Mars, 2021, 01:31 | Auteur: Auguste Feret
  • Walter Gretzky, Wayne Gretzky's father, dies at 82

Walter Gretzky, father of Canadian hockey legend Wayne Gretzky, has passed away at the age of 82.

The hockey Hall of Famer announced his father's death on social media Thursday.

"Sad news! Walter Gretzky was so genuine and such a people person".

Parkinson's disease kills dopamine-generating cells in the brain, which causes shaking and, later, difficulty with walking as well as cognitive problems. He also says his Dad was the reason he fell in love with hockey and he always inspired him to be the best he could be.

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Walter's wife, Phyllis, died of lung cancer in 2005.

"He guided, protected and led our family every step of the way. We were 21 days sitting with him and just enjoying life and we got a chance, an opportunity, to tell stories", said Gretzky.

"It was a Sunday, early afternoon and there was a auto in the laneway so we knocked on the door and there you go you're at the shrine of hockey and you just think of all of the memories that are there in the basement at Walter Gretzky's home".

"We will miss him so much, but know that he's back with our Mom and that brings me and my family peace".

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