Walter Gerald Halladay

July 20, 1925 - December 25, 2018

Walter Gerald Halladay


Walter Gerald Halladay, 93, of Belvidere, Illinois, passed away December 25, 2018 in Belvidere, Illinois. He was born July 20, 1925 in Peterborough, Ontario, Canada to Percy and Lillian (Fosbrook) Halladay. At age 17, Walter began work at GE Canada as a Toolmaker apprentice. After high school, Walter served in the Canadian Army during World War II and after, he continued his work as a toolmaker and was eventually designing dental tools for Apogent. After retiring, Walter became an engineering instructor at the University of Texas Pan Am Campus for many years. Walter and Phyllis were avid travelers. They used to travel all around Canada, Mexico, and the United States (including Alaska) in their RV. He loved spending time with family and friends and felt extremely blessed to have them in his life. Walter was a strong father figure, very stoic, and was typical of the greatest generation while being gentle at the same time. His love and spirit are irreplaceable.

Walter is loved and will be missed by his wife, Charlotte Halladay; sons, Michael (Lisa) Halladay and Brett Halladay; and grandchildren, Toby, Mike, Kelly, and Clare Halladay. He is preceded in death by his wives, Phyllis Elizabeth Halladay and Betty Iris Halladay; his parents, Percy and Lillian Halladay; and his brothers, Robert Percy Halladay and John Halladay.

A special thank you to amazing friends Paula Boothe (daughter of Betty Iris Halladay), Larry Wieland in Texas, and to the staff at both Heritage Woods and Northwoods Care Centre in Belvidere for all the love and devotion extended to Walter during the last 17 years of his life. The Halladay family is forever in your debt.

The family will be hosting a celebration of Walter’s life that will take place at Northwoods Care Centre (a date and time are still pending). Memorials in Walter’s name may be made out to the family to determine an organization at a later date. To light a candle or share a condolence please visit

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I am sad that I never got to meet Walter, He was married to my sister Charlotte Halladay. I am very sorry for your loss.

Anna Tallie 2019-01-10T20:32:46

Prayers and our Condolences go out to Waters Family and Friends.

Leroy and Cheryl Romine 2019-01-03T15:33:56

I’m sorry to hear about Walter’s passing. He was as good a brother-in-law as one could have. I learned much about the Smith family through his research, as well as of myself.

Donald Smith 2018-12-30T08:59:29

Mike, Lisa, Brett, Toby, Michael, Kelly, Clare and Charlotte–

Larry and I were so saddened to hear of Walter’s passing. He was such a wonderful man who made my mother, Betty, incredibly happy. We truly treasured the almost 5 years in all that he lived with us in Elgin, TX. both before and after my mother’s death. In so many ways, he was like the “Dad” that Larry and I never had ourselves. He left us with many good memories. After mother’s passing, he and Larry would have lunch down at the City Café in Elgin at least once a week and the three of us always had breakfast together every Sunday. I still remember him sitting across the island cooktop ready to offer his advice to me on how to make a perfect pancake. I am particularly grateful to Walter for the care and attention he gave my mother in the months prior to her death. Although we all will miss him greatly, we can take solace in this – Walter lived a good and interesting life. He left all of us a little better off having known him.

Paula Boothe and Larry Wieland 2018-12-29T16:46:53

Michael, I am so sorry to hear of your loss. Your dad was a pleasure to know and a blast to be around. May he be at peace.

Robin Bertram 2018-12-27T18:10:29

My deepest sympathies to all of you R.I.P. Walter

Diane Wooley 2018-12-27T17:47:11

Sorry for your loss . Am glad to have meet Walte he was a very sweet man. I loved his story,and know he will be missed but never forgotten by many.

Diana Stewart 2018-12-27T17:08:32


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