Walter Gretzky mourned in Brantford, Ont., city he helped put on the map

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WATCH ABOVE: Canada’s hockey dad could have lived anywhere he wanted but stayed in Brantford, constantly contributing to the community. Mark Carcasole reports – Mar 5, 2021

BRANTFORD, Ont. – A small memorial has sprung up for Walter Gretzky outside the arena that bears his son’s name in Brantford, Ont.

The elder Gretzky died Thursday at the age of 82.

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Two hockey sticks – one full-sized, one miniature – and a Canadian flag adorn the sign marking off Walter Gretzky’s parking spot outside the Wayne Gretzky Sports Centre.

“Reserved for Walter Gretzky, Lord Mayor of Brantford,” the sign reads.

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Mark Ritter, a former sports journalist who left the full-sized hockey stick leaning up against the sign, says the famous hockey dad was a community fixture.

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He says he lived in Brantford for six years but has since moved away, and drove about an hour to pay tribute to Gretzky Friday morning.

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