World War II Veteran plays once a week at the Fox Golf Club
By Pat Payton
Wally Christie is 103 years young and still golfs (nine holes) once a week at the Fox Golf Club near Lucan.
Now that’s a gentleman who likes his golf!
Last week, Wally played his birthday round with family members and friends. The World War II Veteran officially turned 103 on Thanksgiving Day Monday.
On his 100th birthday, it snowed but Christie still golfed that day at the Fox.
Wally Christie was born in Baccaro, Nova Scotia in 1917. It is mainland Nova Scotia’s southernmost point. Before joining the army, he was a fisherman. He was very proud to have had his own skiff built by his grandfather when he was 16. He also built his own lobster traps.
Wally later joined the Canadian armed forces and while in Petawawa, Ont., he met his wife Mae. The bulk of his service was in the Army Service Corps.
Wally fought for his country at Juno beach in France in 1944, and also did a tour of duty through the Netherlands, Belgium and Germany. He received the Legion of Honour from the French government, and he was also recognized by the Dutch government.
After the war, Wally and Mae lived many years in Pembroke. He was a bus driver for Atomic Energy of Canada for 33 years. Wally moved to this area when his wife died in 2012. He’s a resident at the Prince George retirement home in Lucan.
When Wally retired at 63, he took up golf full time — playing every day. He has played at the Fox Golf Club since 2012. Since turning 99, Wally has played golf for free at the Fox — compliments of Superintendent and Director of Golf Patrick Brennan.
One of the members of Wally’s golf group last week was his son Ted, 68, a London resident. He is Wally’s only remaining child. A daughter Shirley passed away at the age of 49.
Wally Christie, meanwhile, has been a Royal Canadian Legion member for almost 70 years.