Author’s Note- When I came home from the Mahon family reunion Saturday there was a gift in my mailbox from Judy Pallister. This wee chap is a GUND bear and his original name was Philbin the Teddy Bear. All last December each time I watched that commercial it made me emotional every single time!!! How Judy could give this bear up was beyond me.
I asked Judy to tell me the story about why she called this bear Walter.
I was born in Russell, Ontario and my parents moved there when my Dad set up his Veterinarian practice. It was a large brick house on the Main Street, and it still holds a plaque beside the back door, *William Albert Pallister, DVM.
Just like his father (*Peter Earnest) first Vet in Ottawa, looked after J R Booths live stock, and procured horses for Calvery in WW1 and WW2. Peter, my grandfather was born in Appleton, Ontario.
Back to Russell, and a very odd story I remember as a child. Across the street and one house down, lived Nona and Walter Cherry. Nona had the most amazing laugh ever and she was like my second Mom, and she always wore a dress and apron. She made all the wedding cakes for people in the town and Walter fixed furnaces. He was terribly handsome and very patient with me.
Their home had a cistern in the earth cellar and it fascinated me but it also scared me. I would always ask Walter to take me down to the cellar to see the water, and then I would get scared and climb up his leg. He would laugh at my antics and as I remember everyone always laughed a lot, at Nona’s house.
So when I got my bear, I named him in honour of Walter– a very kind and good man.
So now Walter sits on my couch and each time I look at him I will remember this story that Judy Pallister told me. Thank you Judy.
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