In loving memory of our beautiful son, Walter John Atwell who lost his battle with drug addiction on July 24, 2017. What a tremendous honor to have given birth to this angel and have him as our son. We had the honor of caring for him all these years, and now, although much sooner than we would have dreamed - God called him home at the young age of 21. Walter was an incredibly gifted athlete and enjoyed playing Football, Lacrosse, and basketball. Most would agree Walter was a genuine friend. Walter sincerely cared for others well being and was someone they could lean on in both their good and dark times. He didn’t judge. Walter was a loving son, protective of his family and friends, and gentle hearted. He will be forever in our hearts.
Walter is survived by his parents, John Atwell and Christine Kennady, Walter's stepfather, Tim Kennady and Walter's siblings, Rebecca Atwell, Peter Atwell, Megan Atwell, Brandi Gish, Christian Gish, Jessica Kennady and Hunter Kennady. Walter is survived by his grandparents, Gary and Stella Bledsoe and Phyllis Pelfrey and is also survived by his Aunt Judy Turner and her husband Ken, his Aunt Cheryl Elam and her husband John, and Walter's Uncle David Atwell and his wife Joanne.
In lieu of flowers, we ask that you simply honor Walter’s memory by paying it forward. Walter would want that. There is someone in your circle that is in need and hurting, who’s life you can impact with a simple act of love. Make a donation to a sober house in your area. If you struggled with drugs and are now clean - reach out to a person that is where you were in your journey. You and only you know their pain, and suffering. A child in your neighborhood that is labeled 'difficult’ or ’troubled’ - offer a smile when you see them, an ear if you have that relationship, and at minimum a prayer. Be gentle. Be forgiving. Be loving. Try not to judge. Pay it forward. You most likely will not witness the impact of your efforts in real time, but have not doubt - your actions will either begin or at the very minimum add to the ripple effect leading someone to better their life.