Walter Vladimir Zicha, 65 years of age, passed away suddenly Friday night, April 19, 2013 at his home in St. Albert, Alberta.
Walter, the youngest of three sons of Margita and Vladimir Zicha was born in central Czechoslovakia in Orlova on May 1, 1947.
His family (military) settled in the City of Bratislava. At age 6 Walter was taken by the state, to live, train and compete in their national tennis school where such sports elites as Lendl and Navratilova began their tennis careers. Walter was released and sent home at age 12.
All through his childhood Walter dreamed and plotted his escape someday to a country of freedom.
On September 11, 1967 he managed to achieve his goal. He and his young family escaped over the border into Austria and eventually immigrated the next March 1968 to Canada, settling in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.
Walter worked in his trade of printing for over 30 years. In 1999 he started working at Furnaceman, Don’s Power Vac. He eventually purchased this business and his success resulted in expansion into Fort McMurray.
As many of us know through our own personal experiences, Walter lived his whole life for others.
Pride of being a Canadian, working hard and helping others succeed was Walter’s main mission in life.
Walter is survived by his wife Shairl Honey–semicolon– Brother Miroslav Zicha (Jindra)–semicolon– his children Peter Zicha (Dori), Peggy Zicha, Walter Zicha Jr. (Rob), Bryon Ford (Karen) and David Ford (Teena)–semicolon– his grandchildren Brandy Zicha (Ryan), Merik Zicha (Sandra), Sophia Ford, Emma Zicha, Jake Ford–semicolon– his great grandsons Koen Nair and Kayden Nair–semicolon– nieces, nephews and cousins in Canada and in the old country.