Walter Gretzky memorial service: Saying goodbye to “Canada’s hockey dad” | FULL

A funeral service was Saturday in Brantford, Ont., for Walter Gretzky, the father of hockey legend Wayne Gretzky, who passed away Thursday following complications from Parkinson’s disease. He was 82.

Tributes poured in throughout Friday after Wayne Gretzky confirmed the news in a social media post.

“It’s with deep sadness that Janet and I share the news of the passing of my dad,” said Wayne. “He bravely battled Parkinson’s and other health issues these last few years, but he never let it get him down."

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau offered his condolences, saying, “Walter Gretzky cared deeply about his family and his community — his kindness was undeniable, his passion was obvious, and his impact was immense. My thoughts are with Wayne and the entire Gretzky family, and all who are mourning the loss of Canada’s hockey dad.”

Following the news of his death, a small memorial also sprung up for Walter Gretzky outside the arena that bears his son’s name in Brantford.

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