A generous donor has replaced a stolen walker and earned the thanks of the family. (file photo)

A generous donor has replaced a stolen walker and earned the thanks of the family. (file photo)

Pub patron steps up after widower’s walker is swiped

New walker donated within 12 hours

A regular customer of the Craig Street Brew Pub has saved the day after a walker belonging to a grieving widower was stolen June 4 during a celebration of life at the pub.

Marina Gerwing, mother to pub co-owner Liz Steward and bookkeeper, Katherine Stanhope recently passed away and a celebration of her life was held at the pub Sunday afternoon.

Sometime during the party — in the spirit of Gerwing, it was a party, not a funeral — her grieving husband Howard’s walker was stolen from downtown Duncan, across from the Duncan Showroom.

“A friend of ours was taking him home for me so I could stay at the gathering,” Steward explained. They’d parked near the Duncan Showroom on Station Street, just around corner from the pub when one of them realized they’d forgotten something. Steward’s friend helped her dad into the car and went back to the gathering to collect the forgotten item. The walker was parked beside the car. When the friend got back from the pub a few minutes later, the walker was gone.

“It was just sitting beside the car there,” Steward said in disbelief.

And then it wasn’t.

As soon as word got out, a Good Samaritan who wished to remain anonymous sprang into action, donating a barely used one to Steward’s father.

“We went about 12 hours without one,” Steward noted.

The woman said she told Steward it was a gift of love from the Lord.

“She was so kind and so generous,” Steward said. “I will most definitely pay that forward for sure. It was such a lovely thing to do.“