The Great One’s mentor and coach, the quintessential Canadian hockey parent, Walter Gretzky, has passed away. He was 82.
Wayne Gretzky Sr. became a household name and a fixture in his son’s life. Even as Wayne’s fame grew, Walter remained a working-class stand-in for any hockey fan in Canada.
On Thursday night, Wayne Gretzky posted on social media to confirm his father’s passing. Wayne remarked, “Janet and I want to express our deepest condolences for your loss as we announce my father’s passing.”
Even though he had Parkinson’s disease and other health problems, he never allowed them bring him down.
Additionally, their relationship was frequently intermingled, with the father-son story being used in commercials for brands as diverse as Tim Hortons and Coca-Cola.
They followed in Alexander Graham Bell’s footsteps by making Brantford, Ontario well-known.
The Gretzky Family Owned Land Within the Vast Russian Empire
The Grodno-born Gretzkys were landowners and staunch backers of Tsar Nicholas II across the enormous Russian Empire (now in Belarus).
His father, Anton (“Tony”) Gretzky (Polish: Antoni Grecki, Belarusian: нтон pкi), emigrated to Canada with his family before the Russian Revolution, stopping in Chicago en route.
Anton, a soldier of the Canadian Expeditionary Force, would marry Mary, an immigrant from the town of Pidhaitsi in what was then eastern Poland but would become western Ukraine after World War II.
Hockey Players and Writers
The NHL and The Hockey News have both polled hundreds of retired hockey players and journalists for their respective lists.
The goal of the Wayne Gretzky Foundation is to give disadvantaged kids a chance to enjoy the sport of hockey in meaningful ways, both on and off the ice.
They were all born to Wayne Gretzky and his wife, Janet Marie. Wayne Gretzky’s not gone far from the spotlight since he hung up his skates.
Either either to cultural touchstones or his own passion projects, one of which involves his wife Janet Jones. Support System for Blood and Bone Marrow Transplantation.
Wayne Gretzky has remained in the public spotlight after his retirement thanks to references in popular culture and his hobbies, one of which being having Janet Jones as a family member.
The parents of Canadian-born Walter are of Belarusian ancestry and came to the country when they were young.
He received the Order of Canada “for his services to Canadian minor hockey and his dedication to a variety of local, regional, and national charities” in 2007.
It has been announced that Walter Gretzky, Wayne’s father, has passed away. On January 17, 2017, the Buffalo Sabres played the Toronto.
Maple Leafs, and Walter Gretzky, the father of hockey icon Wayne Gretzky, waved to the crowd.