Walter Gretzky’s funeral to be held Saturday in Brantford, Ont.

07 Mars, 2021, 00:09 | Auteur: Therese Cote
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"Wayne would have so many endorsements and inevitably they would get swag like jackets or t-shirts", laughed Lowe, "and when Wayne would give his dad a new golf shirt or a hockey jacket, it was like he had given him a auto.... he would have a smile on his face from ear to ear".

His funeral is being held in Brantford, Ont. where mourners will pay tribute to Walter Gretzky.

His father, Walter Gretzky, died on Thursday at the age of 82.

"For me, he was the reason I fell in love with the game of hockey". The hockey patriarch left behind his five adult children and 13 grandchildren.

Those who met him describe him as someone who had time for everyone.

"Wally was a Canadian icon as well", added Messier, "and he's going to be sorely missed".

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Gretzky is predeceased by his wife Phyllis, whom he married in 1960.

Paulina Gretzky has taken to Instagram to say goodbye to her grandfather, Walter Gretzky. "He just wouldn't stop and nothing would keep him down".

His son shared the news on Twitter last night.

Condolences poured in on Friday after Wayne Gretzky confirmed the death of his father in a social media post.

Hockey sticks, flowers and a Canadian flag adorn the sign marking off Walter Gretzky's parking spot outside the Wayne Gretzky Sports Centre.

"To be honest I said, 'In fact I still have space in my foursome, so I know where he's going to play'".

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