Walter Jakeman

Walter Kempton Jakeman

Monday, February 29th, 1932 - Friday, September 13th, 2019
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Walter Kempton Jakeman (Jake), 87, of Five Island Lake, passed away unexpectedly on Friday, September 13th, 2019. Walter was born in Halifax on February 29th, 1932 and was the son of the late Hope Hunter and Walter Stuart Jakeman. From the time Walter was a young man, his talents and accomplishments were nothing short of remarkable. As a teen, attending Queen Elizabeth High School, he was well known in the south end for creative and inventive mechanics, and could be seen driving (and occasionally pushing) friends, in his homemade wooden jeep through the city streets.
Throughout his life, his many building projects included countless dune buggies, as well as mini-bikes, speedboats, motorcycles and windmills. He was a true self-made backyard engineer and mechanic, and there was nothing he couldn’t fix.
Beyond his passion for building, Walter was a fine craftsman and artist. Wood carving, metalworking and carpentry were among his many talents, which resulted in beautiful, high quality pieces of work.
Walter was a true outdoorsman, which led him to enjoy many years of hunting, fly fishing and boating. He also cooperated with Lands and Forests as a nuisance wildlife trapper, and enjoyed taking Eileen and his grandchildren along as he safely relocated many raccoons. He was a competitive skeet shooter and with Eileen, Kenny and Calvin, he enjoyed archery as a hobby. Many summers were spent camping in Sherwood Forest with family and friends and beagles Belle and Jake in tow.
Walter shared his numerous talents and knowledge of mechanics and music with his sons. In the early 70’s, Walter led his family band, the Country Cousins, playing in bluegrass festivals and dance halls, such as the Leghorn Barbeque. In the late 70’s, Walter turned his attention to playing music professionally with the Ladies Choice Bluegrass Band. Although he could play many instruments, his true love was the bass. His musical talents took him on the road playing at bluegrass festivals across the Maritimes, Ontario and Maine. He enjoyed performing in several successful seasons of ATV”s ‘Up Home Tonight’.
During his life, Walter was a lifeguard for the Northwest Arm Patrol, a chief ski boat driver for the 1969 Canada Games, a volunteer firefighter, a licenced ham radio operator and a motorcycle safety instructor. He served in the Air Force from 1951-1954, where he met Eileen, his wife of 63 years. After leaving the military, and making Five Island Lake their home, Walter went to work for IBM for over 20 years, retiring as a branch manager.
In later years, Walter enjoyed a quiet life with Eileen, nature watching from the ‘Jakeman front verandah’, tinkering around the house and even trying his hand at growing giant Dill pumpkins in the backyard. Walter and EIleen’s home was always a welcome place for family and friends to enjoy a cup of tea and the soft sounds of bluegrass tunes playing in the living room. A man of few words and so much wisdom, a cheeky sense of humour, and always a good one liner, Walter leaves us with memories and stories to last a lifetime. Walter was predeceased by his mother, Hope Worthington Hunter, father, Walter Stuart Jakeman, and his wife Eileen (Babkirk). He is survived by his sons Kenneth (Nancy Sullivan), Calvin (Susan Simpson), grandchildren Leann, Samantha and Matthew, sisters Heather (Bowman) and Janet (Jones), many nieces and nephews. An informal social gathering in honour of Walter will be held from 2-4 on Friday, September 20th,in the Ronald A. Walker Funeral Home, 13549 Peggy's Cove Road, Upper Tantallon. Please drop in to remember Walter and to share favourite stories over coffee and food with family and friends. Donations in memory of Walter can be made to Hope for Wildlife.
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    Friday, September 20th, 2019 | 2:00pm - 4:00pm
    Friday, September 20th, 2019 2:00pm - 4:00pm
    Ronald A. Walker Funeral Home, Upper Tantallon
    13549 Peggys Cove Road
    Upper Tantallon, Nova Scotia
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William Nichols

Posted at 01:40pm
Very sorry to hear today in Church about the passing of Walter. Our condolences to the family. Janet and Bill Nichols

Jim Young

Posted at 05:52am
Ken, Cal and Family. He was quite a man😄. So very sorry for your great loss.

Trish York

Posted at 08:26am
Today I bought a coffee from Tim Horton’s and when I went to open the fancy engineered spout on the plastic lid I was taken back in time (as I am every time) to the Ladies Choice days when coffee cups were styrofoam and their little plastic lids had no built in spout. Gordon always wanted to wake up in his own bed so no matter where we were we bought our 2:30 am coffee for the long trek home. Now Walter a mechanical wizard, an engineering giant was brought to his knees by those silly kids. He could not figure out how to make a whole in them. He struggled every night until he passed his lid to me. This clearly bothered him because he started bringing implements with him that would mysteriously appear out of his pocket at 2:30 in the morning. The awl to puncture it was definitely the worst idea and the small scissors should have worked but didn’t. I truly believe his sanity was spared by the new lids with the perforated spout.
Walter was a quiet tower of strength and one of the kindest men I have ever known. God speed Walter.

Cathy Hope

Posted at 01:26pm
Nancy, Ken and Children -
Thinking of you at this sad time,
Cathy Hope

michael clements

Posted at 07:11am
As a young boy,walter showed me his ham radio operations,and i said wow ,i would like to do that some day , walter said i could achieve anything if i worked hard for it, and i did,i am now an ham operator myself, thank you for your inspiration walter, rip VE1-AHD, this is VEIASQ QRT AND LISTENING . . from mike and susan clements enfield ns. our condolences to the family.

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