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Donald C. Walker, 74, a retired Niagara Falls Schools physical education teacher, died Sunday (Sept. 21, 1997) in his Grand Island home after an illness of five weeks.

A Buffalo native, Walker retired in 1988, capping a career that spanned 33 years. He also coached basketball at the former Trott Vocational High School in Niagara Falls and taught driver education in both the Williamsville and Niagara Falls school system.

From 1956-84, Walker worked summers as a customs inspector at Rainbow, Whirlpool and Lewiston-Queenston bridges.

A graduate of Hamburg High School, Walker earned undergraduate and master's degrees from Indiana University.

A member of the Indiana University Alumni Association, he attended the 50th reunion of his graduating class last June, when he was inducted into the university's Emeritus Club.

An avid gardener and family man, Walker was a member of St. Stephen's Holy Name Society and Star of the Sea Council 4752, Knights of Columbus.

He and his wife, the former Sheila Coyle, were married 42 years.

Survivors also include four daughters, Katherine Bougard of East Aurora, Ann Strott of Kenmore, and Mary Bobak and Barbara Walker, both of Grand Island; three sons, Paul of Kenmore and Mark and Peter, both of Grand Island; a sister, Ruth Cwick of the Village of Hamburg; a brother, Jack E. Walker of Little Rock, Ark.; and 12 grandchildren.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10 a.m. Wednesday in St. Stephen's Catholic Church, 2100 Baseline Road, Grand Island. Burial will be in St. Stephen's Cemetery.


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