Walter Loretan, age 79, of London, passed away Sunday, July 9th, 2023 at Victoria Hospital surrounded
by loved ones.
Walter leaves behind his beautiful wife and soulmate Christina, whom he was able to celebrate 56 years
of marriage with. He will be dearly missed by his sons; Paul and David (Kelly) and his grandkids (Dylan,
Madison, Emma, Cooper and Walker).
Walter is 1 of 13 children born to Jules and Marie Loretan in Steg Switzerland, November 4th, 1943.
Predeceased by his brothers (Roland, Medard, Rudolf and Beat). Walter’s absence will be felt by his
surviving brothers and sisters; Martha Junod, Antoinette Schaublin, Gabriela Furst, Leopoldine Jungo,
Theodora Loretan, Johann-Peter Loretan and Erich Loretan who still reside in Switzerland. As well as
Cornelia Braca, whom he was very close to. Always being a big brother, even though he was two years
younger. Walter will be missed by Cornelia’s four children; Mary Braca, Gina Braca (Tom), Vince Braca
and Tanya Braca (Dave). Walter will also be missed by brother and sister-in-law Paul and Maria Dylewski,
along with many nephews, nieces and cousins.
Walter loved to be surrounded by friends and family, playing the dice game, singing, listening to his swiss
music, telling stories or having large gatherings and visits from his family from Switzerland. He loved his
trips to Cuba, golfing (where he rarely used a cart due to his love of walking), helping others, and most of
all his garden. Walter was always happy sharing the beauty of his backyard for school reunions, family
gatherings and bocce ball tournaments. Walter also had a love of animals, especially his cat Charlie, who
is missing him dearly.
Walter’s sparkling eyes and welcoming smile made it impossible for people not to like him. His kind,
sensitive and caring nature were evident in the many roles he took on in his lifetime; husband, father,
brother, uncle, godfather, teacher, friend and mentor. He was always someone who could be counted on
for anything. Walter was always willing to help out whenever help was needed. Whether that was walking
a dog, cutting grass, giving an ear to listen, a talking to when needed, his physical strength to accomplish
a job or a ‘kick in the pants’ to get you motivated.There was no job too big or too small, no problem that
couldn’t be solved by working together. He was always sure to show you how to do things so you could
learn and be counted on later in life. These lessons will be forever cherished. His meticulous demeanor
made him proud of his accomplishments and work he completed. Walter was well known in his profession
as a plumber who did things right, he had high expectations of himself and those around him.
Although there are no words to truly describe the magnitude of this loss, we take comfort in knowing the
impact Walter has had on all those he has come in contact with. Let his kindness and generosity be an
example for us to follow and keep his memory alive.
A heartfelt thank you to the doctors and nurses of Victoria Hospital in the ICU for the exceptional care you
Donations can be made in memory of Walter Loretan to London Health Sciences Centre, The Heart and
Stroke Foundation or The Humane Society London and Middlesex.
A celebration of life will be held at a later date still to be determined Online condolences & Guest Book at www.oneilfuneralhome.ca