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Walker, Kenneth Clyde "Ken"

Walker, Kenneth Clyde "Ken"

Walker - Kenneth Clyde "Ken"
Died November 6, 2017, in beautiful Boulder, Colorado, where he resided since 2015. Colorado is the permanent home of Ken's son, Thomas (Sky Brooks) Walker; Ken's three grandchildren, Joanna (Stephen Collins) Walker, Bowen Walker, and Seth Walker Watrous; and his great-grandson Liam Collins; Boulder is also the part-time home of Ken's daughter, Pamela Walker. Ken was predeceased by his wife of 60 years, Dorothy (Werner) Walker. Ken proudly served his community of Kenmore, New York as a police officer from 1958-1990, retiring at the rank of Captain. Along with fond memories of his boyhood in the Riverside neighborhood of Buffalo, and of his beloved dog, Mack, Ken cherished memories of being greeted with a wave of the hand and a "Hello, Mr. Walker" as he made his way through the Kenmore community, whether on duty or off. In his role as a police officer, he was especially proud of his efforts on behalf of the youth and families of Kenmore, always aiming to teach rather than punish, to calm rather than inflame a tense situation. In addition to carrying his standard issue police gear, he made sure to tuck a tea bag inside his shirt pocket, a cunning weapon of mass distraction which he employed when responding to delicate situations in a resident's home. While one spouse heated up the kettle for Ken's cup of tea, the other spouse had some cooling down time with Ken in the other room. Ken's life-long pride in his physical fitness combined with a measure of bullheadedness, most likely inherited from his mother, Queenie, made him reluctant to use his cane and firm about never using his walker. Ken was devoted to his family. He worked part-time loading freight to put his wife through college so she could realize her dream of becoming a teacher. In his assisted-living community, Sunrise of Boulder, Ken was a favorite resident, befriending others, always joking, and enjoying the kindnesses he received in return. He will be missed by so many whose lives have been enriched by knowing him. Ken's family said their goodbyes to him in Boulder and sincerely hope that the Kenmore community knows that you were always in Ken's thoughts. His family takes comfort knowing he remains in yours too.

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