MILLS, Walter S. "Pastor Wally"
(Devoted member of Calvary Baptist Church, Christian Service Brigade, 30 year employee Dowty Equipment Ajax Superintendent of plant)
Absent from the body, present with The Lord at Hillsdale Terrace on Thursday January 31, 2019, at the age of 91. Beloved husband of the late Betty (née Spencer). Loving father of Elizabeth Redshaw (Jack) (late David Cross), Margaret Molyneaux (Donald), The Rev. W. Steven Mills (Annette). Fondly remembered by grandchildren Heather Peel (Michael), Ian Cross (Michelle), Laura Vaillincourt (Greg), Jeff Molyneaux (Rebecca), Lisa Cooper (Allan), Steven Mills III (Cindy), Eric Mills (Sara), Benjamin Mills (Naomi), Matthew Mills (Ruth) and nineteen great-grandchildren. Predeceased by brother Charles Edward Mills and sisters Violet Pallant, Eva Doucette, Caroline Spencer and John and William, at infancy. Relatives and friends will be received at McINTOSH-ANDERSON-KELLAM FUNERAL HOME, 152 King Street East, Oshawa (905-433-5558) on Monday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. A service will be held at CALVARY BAPTIST CHURCH, 300 Rossland Rd. E. (at Ritson Rd. N.), Oshawa on Tuesday February 5, 2019 at 1:00 p.m. with visitation one hour before service. Interment Mount Lawn Cemetery, Whitby. Donations can be made to the Christian Service Brigade or Calvary Baptist Church. Online condolences may be shared at makfuneralhome.com
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Jan 31, 2019Ruth Spyksma
Offering our condolences and prayers to all our family who mourn; but joyfully remembering his love, laughter and life. What a blessed reunion for him with his Saviour now! God bless each of you.
Jan 31, 2019Barbara Anderson
Sending my prayers and condolences to the immediate and extended families as you grieve.
Jan 31, 2019Shannon Smith (Clarke)
Pastor Wally was a special man. I loved and respected him greatly. He encouraged me as a young girl. I loved his smile and his quick wit. He was a good friend to my late Nanie, always caring about her as one of the seniors in his ministry. Jim and I had the honour to have Pastor Wally say the blessing at our wedding dinner. Fond memories of him and Betty. Praying for the family as you come together to celebrate his life and rejoice as he is now with our Lord. Xo
Jan 31, 2019Colleen Robinson
To read of Pastor Wally’s promotion to glory brought to my mind the pleasant chats we had over the years at Calvary Baptist Church. He always had a smile and a word of encouragementI extend my sincere condolences to his family who will miss him greatly. He was a faithful servant of God to the end, and has entered into Glory for eternity with a shining testimony.
Jan 31, 2019The 3 Sisters
Mary, Jennie and I send our deepest condolences. We will miss our times with him. He will be missed.
Jan 31, 2019Tracey Somers
Pastor Wally was a great man I can remember when I attended the church he always kept me on my toes. If I missed a Sunday I heard about it The world is losing a kind and gentle man
Feb 1, 2019Glenn C. Taylor
Hello Steve: Just received information that your dear faither has gone to be with the Lord. He was a great encouragement to me and many others. We had quite a bit of contact during his time at Calvary and once in a while when we would meet at the "retired pastors" times together. I willl miss his smile and his constant encouragement. Be assured of the prayers of Mary and me as you experience this temporary loss. We are in the US for a couple of weeks so will be unable to attend any services. May the Lord stresngthen and bless you and your family, Glenn
Feb 2, 2019Allan and Rhoda Holt
Our prayers are with you all. We have fond memories of Wally and also Betty. We enjoyed your father‘s witt as he always has some little joke when he shook your hand to say hello at church. Allan will be at the funeral but I’m sorry I’m not able to be there. I am in rehab after surgery. But I will be thinking of you. Nothing can fill a dad or grandpa size hole in our lives We have comfort in knowing that that he is with the Lord who he loved so much.
Feb 2, 2019Barb & Bob Tran
Elizabeth & Jack, Meg & Don, Annette & Steve and families we would like to extend our deepest sympathy to you all. Wally was a great guy and we enjoyed meeting and getting to know him at Jack's birthday parties. We will miss seeing him at those get together s. Our prayers are with you all. With Love Barb & Bob
Feb 2, 2019Sam Goertz
So many happy memories of Wally: Summer youth meetings at the Mills home on Ritson Road North, sharing an office next to Wally's at Calvary Baptist Church on Centre and John streets, Men's canoe trips to Algonquin Park, being mentored in Hospital Visitation by an expert!, etc. "Well done thou good and faithful servant." Prayers and sympathy with the family.
Feb 2, 2019Wayne and Essie Butwell
Our deepest sympathy to all the family with all our love Wayne and Essie
Feb 2, 2019David and Dorothy Lewis
Our thought and prayers are with all of the family at this time. You sure have lots of great memories of a Dad, Grandpa and Great-Grandpa. We certainly enjoyed getting to know Wally as he joined us for Volunteer Work Weeks at Fair Havens. He was diligent in his tasks and always had a joke to share.
Feb 2, 2019Mark and Ruth White
Our prayers are with you as you mourn. ‘Pastor Wally’ will be remembered for his kindness and care to us and so many others. His faith in God was a testimony. The Harry Grant/Wally Mills friendship and the stories of their adventures and trips together brought much laughter and joy to us all. Mark and Ruth White
Feb 3, 2019Mary (Grant) and Bill Lippman
What a privileged to have had a role model like Wally Mills at Calvary Baptist. He has influenced so many people for the gospel over the years. Wally was always caring, encouraging and lots of fun. Our prayers are with you all as you mourn his loss. Mary and Bill
Feb 3, 2019Marvin R Brubacher
Dear Steve and family, My heart is filled with sympathy for all of you as you face the reality that your beloved father and grandpa has left earth for his reward. The place he leaves is large, but filled with so many good memories. Some of mine are meeting him in the context of Christian Service Brigade and also when I spoke at Calvary on occasion. He was a genuine Christian gentleman who made every person feel special. I'll be praying for you in these days of farewell and adjustment.
Feb 4, 2019Dick and Marilyn Holliday
Dear Steve and Annette and family: We will miss our good friend Wally. He was always a cheerful and encouraging servant of the Lord. He was a faithful attendee at our Pastors and Wives meetings. These times of getting together were very precious indeed. We rejoice in the assurance that he is home in heaven with the Lord he loved and served....and with his dear wife Betty.
Feb 4, 2019Brian Evans
We just wanted you all to know of our prayers and support in these days. Your father was a Christian mentor to many and certainly to myself. Our paths did not cross often enough in these last years. Steve, you may remember leading a canoe trip with your father from Camp Kakeka that included myself, Ron Evans and Dave Bacon from the Uxbridge CSB. Dave Beamer was also on this trip and he and I see/sawed between us for the Golden Arrow Award on that trip. I also was the Daily Log Keeper for that trip and I still have the notes that were circulated to all trip mates. In a subsequent year, your father asked me to lead a trip with him and we had a wonderful time. He exemplified a life well lived for Christ and he has already heard, "Well done thou good and faithful servant" from his and our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ. Blessings and God's peace and comfort to you all in these days!!!
Feb 4, 2019Cal and Bev Hooper
Dear Elizabeth, Marg, Steve and Family’s what a heritage you have, Wally touched so many lives for Christ through his living testimony at Work, CSB and Cavary Baptist Church. We have so many good memories of Wally; baseball games and campfires in your back yard on Nonquan, camping trips with CSB wherein Wally was the leader and thankfully had the patience of Job. We also enjoyed those times when Betty and Ethyl would stay at our cottage while Wally and friends were canoeing in the Park. Such precious memories of a great Christian family. May the Lord be with you in your time of sorrow. We have a great and sure hope that we’ll meet again, we know where but don’t know when.. All our love Cal and Bev
Feb 4, 2019Alan Roxburgh
Dear Steve - I just heard that your Dad died on Friday. Wow! What an amazing life. What a treasure and gift he must have been to you you and all your family. I wish I were able to attend the funeral tomorrow. Please, in whatever way might be appropriate at the service, express my deepest gratitude for your dad. I could tell stories of what he meant to me as a teenager struggling to work out who I was. It was Wally who first showed me the love of Christ and that has made all the difference in the world. I thank God for your Dad - he was used of God in my life and I am eternally grateful. My prayers to you, Elizabeth and Margaret
Feb 5, 2019Richard Fontanna
Liz, Marg and family, When I think of your father, I am thankful for the time he spent at Camp Kakeka and the influence he had in so many lives. For me, Kakeka was a place where so much spiritual growth took place, and Wally was so much a part of that. I am grateful for the time he invested in my life. It has been a lot of years, but I will never forget his impact on the Camp, the staff, and on myself. Shelly and I will be keeping you in our prayers. God bless.
Feb 5, 2019Dave and Barb Workman
Ben, Naomi, Steve, Annette and family: Wally was and is a wonderful inspiration to us all. We are praying for you and your family at this time.
Feb 5, 2019Steven & Christina Faviere
Our family has the highest respect and admiration for our brother Wally Mills. He is a gentle and Christ-like soul, who showed an interest in, and always made our kids laugh. He was great source of encouragement to my wife and I, and we enjoyed having him in our home. Our prayers are with the family at this time, who miss him without a doubt. We are thankful and are confident that our brother Wally is "with Christ; which is far better" Philippians 1:23.
Feb 6, 2019Bill and Judy Ball
Dear Mills Family, Please know that our prayers are with you during this time. Wally was a special person to so many. Countless souls will be in heaven because of his witness. He helped us establish CSB in Montreal back in the 70's. Wally was my first contact. What a friend and encouragement he was.