Sure Shot Shirley (Shirley Salter)
We are so sad to hear of her passing on 14 October, 2015. Shirley was a joy to be around; her smile was so contagious. She started shooting Cowboy Action later in life and won many awards in her category "Grande Dame" and was very proud of coming in first place. She was very active in all aspects of the Valley Regulators. To name just a few areas, she cataloged the numerous antiques the were donated and she was always there helping to clean and get the General Store and Saloon ready for the Outdoor Show each year. During the Outdoor Show you would find her either behind the bar selling pop and chips or in the General Store selling candy and visiting with everyone.
Shirley is survived by her sister Wendy; her children Ken (Tammy), Wendy (Dennis); her five grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
Ticklewood Kid (Ted Walker)
1944 - 2014
We were saddened to learn of Ted's untimely passing in November, 2014.Ted was not a man to let failing health stand between himself and having a smokin' good time at a Cowboy match. He shot in the Frontier Cartridge category and loved the shooting and the fellowship that the sport offered him. He and his good friend, Rick Davis (Caycuse Kid), could always be counted on to be appropriately be-wigged and gowned Judges, for the saloon-girl costume contest at the Canadian National Championships, whenever they were held in Courtenay.
Ted's background was in the forestry and hospitality industries, and most recently he was co-owner of an equestrian facility with his family. He had a long history of public service as a member of various regional districts and boards. Ted was one of the founding members of the Valley Regulators and spent many years helping to build the Boomtown range. He helped clear the site, and cut trees, milled lumber, swung a hammer and was especially good at twisting arms to raise money for the club.
Ted is survived by his wife, Wendy, a son and two daughters and 3 grandchildren, and his many friends from the Valley Regulators and other Vancouver Island clubs. The celebration of his life was held at Boomtown, Ted was given a 21-gun black powder salute by his fellow "Soot Lords". A standing-room only crowd filled the Longhorn Saloon to say their goodbyes.