Robert B. Walker (1950 – 2019)
ALBANY—Robert Brandow Walker of Valatie peacefully passed away after a courageous battle with cancer at Albany Medical Center June 5, 2019 in the loving arms of his fiancée, Linda Murawski.
He was the son of the late Herbert Walker, Sr., and Eleanor Walker; brother of Herbert Walker of Schenectady; father of Stephanie Walker; stepfather to Jim, Paul and Lori Harwood; grandfather to Jami, Jackiee, James and Paul, Jr. Harwood; great-grandfather to Radley and Paul III, brother-in-law to Beverly Kennedy of FL, and Carolyn and John Herrewyn of CT.
Mr. Walker was predeceased by his wife, Marlene.
He worked for the Golub Corporation, Madsen Construction, British American and Sano Rubin as a design build construction estimator. During his retirement, he served on the Zoning Implementation Committee and Town Planning Board for the Town of Chatham and volunteered at the Ghent Playhouse both on stage and behind the scenes.
His greatest role was playing Santa for the Niverville Santa Claus Club delivering toys to local children on Christmas Eve with his faithful elf at his side. He also liked spending time on his boat fishing and enjoying nature.
His devoted companion, Barney, is missing his “daddy”.
Mr. Walker enjoyed camping in earlier years and working on projects around the house and was always there to lend advice or a helping hand to family and friends. His uncanny sense of humor and wit brought laughter and tears to anyone willing to listen to his stories of his early childhood and time spent at the family camp on Mariaville Lake.
He developed a heart condition later in life and was gifted a donor heart which he cherished and honored by taking excellent care of himself. He appreciated every extra day that donated heart gave him.
Calling hours are from Saturday, June 8, 10 to 11:30 a.m. at the French, Gifford, Preiter and Blasl Funeral Home, 25 Railroad Avenue, Chatham, followed by a funeral service beginning at 11:30 a.m.
Honor Mr. Walker’s memory by becoming an organ donor or by contributing time or resources in service to the community.
Condolences may be conveyed at frenchblasl.com.