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Obituary for Walter Winston Derenowski

Walter Winston Derenowski passed away at the Red Deer Nursing Home in Porcupine Plain, Saskatchewan on April 26, 2024.
Walter was born on November 19, 1934, to Paul and Anna Derenowski on the family farm in High Tor District and attended school in Swampy Lake School.
In 1959, he married Claudia Johnson and continued to make their life together on the farm. During the early years of farming, he also performed various jobs including working at a farm dealership, drove gravel truck and worked in a pulp and paper mill in Ocean Falls British Columbia. He always enjoyed telling stories about these days but decided to devote the rest of his life to his family and farm life where he and Claudia operated a dairy, beef and grain farm.
Walter had a well-known skill set including mechanics, carpentry, welding and electrical work. There was little need for a handyman or repairman as it seemed like he could “do it all or find out how to do it.” It wasn’t uncommon to have someone drive in the yard and ask for his help or drop something off for him to repair it.
Despite all the hard work and time devoted to busy farm life, Walter and Claudia always set time aside for good times, drinks and laughs with all the neighbors. He rarely missed a good discussion or debate on coffee row with the “regulars” but never shied away to start a conversation with a newcomer.
Walter was very community orientated, always striving to help others. He served on various community boards most prominently known for his long-term role as Reeve on the RM of Porcupine.
He and Claudia enjoyed their Sunday drives, trips with their truck and trailer and trips to Mexico.
Shortly after Claudia’s passing in 2007, it appeared something was missing, and he wanted to be closer to friends. He built a house in Porcupine Plain but his dedication and love to the farm kept him making trips there fixing and “tinkering” on his machinery and anything else that needed a “tune up” or repair. He continued his road trips to see his children and grandchildren.
In 2011, he married Carmen with whom he enjoyed his retirement years with. They continued to travel, and he developed a deep appreciation for gardening. Together they would plant a beautiful garden and a variety of fruit trees where they were always so happy to share delicious treats off their usual bountiful harvests.
Walter continued his handy work and dedication to helping others with often assisting Carmen in her duties as the Recreational Activities Director and enjoyed their time together doing this.
He leaves to cherish his memory, his two sons Merlin (Judy) Derenowski, Raymond (Petula) Derenowski, Tania (Darin) Abbott, his wife Carmen and her two sons Brennan and Emmerson and numerous grandchildren and great grandchildren, nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.
Walter is predeceased by his brothers, Mike, Peter, Tom, Nick, Bill, sister Ann, wife Claudia, infant daughter and daughter Jaqueline.
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P.O. Box 524
Porcupine Plain, SK S0E 1H0
Email: blairsfuneralhome@sasktel.net
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