Santa Walt dies after spending his life spreading joy and forgiveness


LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WAVE) – His red coat and boots were put away for the last time, as Walt “Santa Walt” Queen passed away early Wednesday morning after a long battle with cancer.

On his professional facebook pageQueen’s friend confirmed he died peacefully after battling sarcoma and, more recently, a brain tumour.

“This is probably the hardest message I will ever make, but I wanted to let everyone who knew and loved Santa Walt know that he passed away peacefully early this morning,” Queen’s friend, who was making a statement, wrote. call it “Elf Whitney”. . “We know his pain and suffering is now over and he is smiling from heaven!”

Queen has brought joy for more than a dozen years as Santa Claus to families in the Louisville area. WAVE’s John Boel sat down with Queen on its final Christmas season in 2021, sick with cancer but still determined to be the jolly man in the red suit that kids and adults alike have loved for so many years.

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For the past 15 years, Santa Walt Queen has made thousands of children smile, but now he faces one of his toughest battles.

“I always hoped that I was the ambassador of joy for the Lord,” Queen said. “My message to children is forgiveness. Nobody has done anything that they can’t be forgiven, but you have to recognize that you have done something wrong.

The Queen girls were killed in a crash in Louisville in 1989 when a truck driver hit a barrier, throwing a load of unsecured cars into interstate traffic. They were only 18 and 20 years old.

Queen asked the judge to overturn the truck driver’s reckless homicide conviction during the trial, and the judge granted Queen’s wish.

“Today my wife and I are releasing you,” Queen said during the hearing. “We are not angry with you. We don’t hate you. We forgive you.”

Prior to his death, relatives set up a GoFundMe page for Queen and his wife. Make a donation, Click here.

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