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William M. Walker, chemical engineer, builder

March 17, 1931 – Sept. 15, 2013

William M. Walker, a chemical engineer, died Sunday in Clare Bridge of Williamsville. He was 82.

Born in Dundas, Ont., to Scottish immigrants, Mr. Walker received a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering in 1962 from McMaster University in Hamilton, Ont., where he also played football.

While conducting a geological survey in northern Manitoba in 1958, he and a partner noticed a break in a rail line and averted a potential $2 million train wreck, according to a newspaper account at the time.

After graduation, Mr. Walker moved to the U.S. and found work as a chemical engineer for Linde and Hooker Chemical, where he was responsible for construction of chemical plants around the world. At the same time, he was a builder in residential construction with Cook Walker Builders and McKenzie Walker Construction and Management. The companies designed homes in East Amherst and Clarence.

An avid outdoorsman, Mr. Walker enjoyed hunting and riding his quarterhorse, Dude. He also collected art and antiques. He maintained his Canadian citizenship his whole life. He was a member of the Lederhosen Ski Club, traveling on ski trips around the world. He was active at St. Paul Episcopal Church, serving on the vestry.

He is survived by two daughters, Lisa W. MacLeay and Sara Miller; a son, Brett; and a brother, Victor.

A memorial service will be at 4 p.m. Wednesday in St. Bartholomew Anglican Church, 2368 Eggert Road, Town of Tonawanda.

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