Walter and Gladys continued to live in Banff until 1960. In 1953, he had started to have vision problems and was eventually operated on for cataracts 1959. While the operation was successful, he never regained his vision fully, and by the time he and Gladys had decided to move to Victoria, he was almost blind. His condition deteriorated and eventually he became totally blind and confused. He died in Victoria on July 5, 1963.