Lenard Walter (Sunrise: May 13, 1961 | Sunset: January 3, 2024)

Lenard Walter (Sunrise: May 13, 1961 | Sunset: January 3, 2024)

Lenard was born at Spring Point Colony, the seventh of 13 children. His family moved to Ridge Valley in 1977, and he started farming as a teenager. In 1984 he married his wife, Martha. In 1996 they moved to Birch Hills where Lenard became field boss. He was dedicated to his job until the very end.

He will always be remembered as very generous and people-friendly. He had lots of friends, both among colony members and also “English” neighbours, far and wide.

Farming was his passion. He loved spending time in the field with God’s creation. He loved singing and would burst into song at any moment.

Left to mourn: His wife, Martha; daughters, Michelle (Kevin)-Thompson, and Priscilla (David)-Birch Hills; sons, Ryan, Terrance, and Kevin; grandchildren, Sheldon, Jessica, Meagan, Nicole-Thompson, Trista, Vanessa, Brittany, Gabriel, and Zander-Birch Hills; his mother, Mary; siblings Mary, Ben (Elizabeth), Annie (David)-Livingstone, Sarah (Frank)-Fort Pitt, Paul (Margaret), Elias, Betty (Paul)-Thompson, Rachel (Ben)-Fort Pitt, Lois (Reuben)-Mannville, and Tom (Theresa); brothers-in-law Min Jonathan-Peace View, and Min David Thompson; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Gone before him were his father, Sam; two sisters, Martha (Thompson), and Dora (Peace View).

A Farmer’s Creed

I believe that a man’s greatest possession is his dignity and that no calling bestows this more abundantly than farming. I believe hard work and honest sweat are the building blocks of a person’s character.

I believe that farming, despite its hardships and disappointments, is the most honest and honourable way a man can spend his days on earth. I believe farming nurtures the close family ties that make life rich in ways money can’t buy.

I believe my children are learning values that will last a lifetime and can be learned no other way.

I believe that farming provides education for life and that no other occupation teaches so much about birth, growth and maturity in such a variety of ways.

I believe many of the best things in life are indeed free: the splendor of the sunrise, the rapture of wide-open spaces, the exhilarating sight of your land greening each spring.

I believe true happiness comes from watching your crops ripen in the field, your children grow tall in the sun, your whole family feeling the pride that springs from their shared experience.

I believe that by my toil I am giving more to the world than I am taking from it, an honour that does not come to all men.

I believe my life will be measured ultimately by what I have done for my fellow man, and by this standard I fear no judgement. I believe when a man grows old and sums up his days, he should be able to stand tall and feel pride in the life he’s lived. I believe in farming because it makes all this possible.

What a friend we have in Jesus

What a friend we have in Jesus
All our sins and griefs to bear
What a privilege to carry everything to God in prayer!
O what peace we often forfeit
O what needless pain we bear

All because we do not carry everything to God in prayer
Have we trials and temptations?
Is there trouble anywhere?
We should never be discouraged
Take it to the Lord in prayer
Can we find a friend so faithful
Who will all our sorrows share?
Jesus knows our every weakness
Take it to the Lord in prayer