By Rob Buchanan
Uncle Walter, as he was fondly known to many in Revelstoke’s forest industry, was a true local and an example of the colourful characters that make up our community.
Born in 1922 in a log cabin 12 miles south of town, Walter Kozek worked as a farmer, a railroader, and a logger. At 88, he still worked for his nephew’s sawmill as the oldest active log-scaler in British Columbia. Always curious, he never turned down an opportunity to learn something new. Just shy of his 89th birthday, he finally solved the Rubik’s Cube.
It is people like Walter that give our valley its warm glow. Good people are infectious, and Walter passed on that magic to any one with whom he came in contact. Walter – always the joker – after attending a busy community function, once remarked, “Boy, if we had that many people come out to Senior’s Square-dance, we wouldn’t have to dance in triangles.”
Here is a selection of photos of Walter that were taken over the last few years: