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Donald L. Walker

Born: Fri., Feb. 28, 1919
Died: Mon., Apr. 8, 2013


Graveside Service

10:00 AM Mon., Apr. 15, 2013
Location: St. John's Cemetery, Rome, NY


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Donald Lee Walker 94, Rome, passed away peacefully on Monday, April 8, 2013 at the Veterans Home in Oxford.  He was born February 28, 1919 in Westdale, the youngest son of Henry and Carrie Walker.  He was a graduate of Camden High School and a World War II veteran stationed in Africa as an MP from 1941 to 1945.   After returning from the war, on April 29, 1950 he married Marie Rose De Simone in St John the Baptist church in Rome, NY.
      Together they owned and operated a soda fountain (Walker’s Restaurant) on the corner of Washington and Liberty Street in Rome and then in the 1960’s they purchased the Drummer Boy bar and restaurant in Stanwix and operated it until Marie passed away in 1983.
       Don was great a playing pool, ping-pong and horse shoes.  He enjoyed studying linguistics and wrote songs and poetry in his later years.
       Don was predeceased by his parents and siblings; two brothers, James M. (Mary) Walker and Arthur E. (Lee) Walker of Camden, Muriel (Andrew) Smith of Rome and Leona (Steve) Snyder of Syracuse.
     Don and Marie had no children.  Surviving are two nephews and their families: Kenneth D. (Ellen) Walker of Camden and Donald (Ann) S. Snyder of Cicero.
     In accordance with Don’s wishes there will be no calling hours.  Graveside services will be held 10am Monday, April 15, 2013 at St. John’s Cemetery, Rome.   Arrangements are under the direction of LaRobardiere Funeral Home, Inc. 109 Main Street, Camden.

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BUD WILEY
   Posted Thu April 11, 2013
DON;
WE HAD A LOTS OF POOL GAMES TOGETHER.WIGGLES GOT MAD ,BUT WE SURVIVED.LOTS OF MEMORIES FROM "WALKERS".AY HI TO MARIEAND GET A GOOD TABLE AND HAVE A GOOD GAME.

WILEY

gloria nellenbach
   Posted Sat April 13, 2013
I remember Don fondly from when he and Marie operated the Drummer Boy
and just wanted to express my sympathy on his passing.

Grace and Burdette Waterman
   Posted Mon April 15, 2013
Grace remembers Don as one of the old 4th street neighbors who always had a good word to say to a little girl who had lost her front teeth. When he was in the service, he took the time to correspond with that same little girl. Grace has nothing but fond memories of Don and his family. Burdette did not live across the street like Grace, but did live next door for several year and have nothing but good memories of Don..

Anita Phelps Lockhart
   Posted Thu April 25, 2013
In 1951 after I graduated Camden High, I worked in Rome and carpooled with my brother, Leslie Phelps. Because our shifts differed slightly, Walker's Restaurant was a great place to get a soda or snack and wait for Les to get through work. My late husband Frank and I used to go there a lot too. Marie and Don were so friendly. (I didn't recall knowing that he was from Camden, but Les probably knew.) My sympathy to his nephews and their families.

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