Calgary man killed in Australia crash to return home for brother’s wedding in February – Calgary
A Calgary man who died in a car crash in northwest Australia this week is returning home for a family wedding next month.
Ambrose Walton, 33, works in mining camps in Australia.
Australian police told Walton’s family in Calgary that he had arranged to meet a friend in Karratha on January 23 but never showed up.
A search was launched and Walton’s car was found crashed about 90 kilometers from Karratha. Walton was found dead at the scene.
Walton grew up with seven siblings in the northeast Calgary community of Whitehorn and graduated from Bishop McNally High School.
His sister Emily DeWolfe said Walton loved to travel, having spent time in Ireland, Costa Rica and various places in Canada and the United States.
He traveled to Australia in November of 2019.
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“He seems to be happiest in Australia, but it’s always been announced that Calgary is his home,” Dewolf said.
“He always joked that he was trying to find his wife. He built a house here in Calgary and said it’s for his wife and kids whenever he can.”
Walton is scheduled to come to Calgary on February 7.
“My baby sister was supposed to get married last Feb. 9, so he is supposed to be here for my sister’s wedding. It’s like life is playing a cruel joke on all of us,” DeWolfe said.
His family described Walton as fearless and full of adventure and someone who loved architecture, history and going to museums.
“He makes friends everywhere he goes and it’s not because he just met them. He knew them like family. He always jokes and laughs and at the same time he is there for you no matter what happens. He’s a really good guy,” DeWolfe said.
All but one of his siblings still live in Calgary, as do his parents.
“My parents couldn’t stop it. They are not doing very well. My dad got laid off so he was having a hard time not being the one to go get my brother,” DeWolfe said.
The family attended St. Anthony’s Church in southwest Calgary where prayers were said for Walton on Friday.
The family has set up a GoFundMe page to raise money to bring his remains back to Canada and to help offset funeral costs.
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