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J. Harrison Walker  

J. Harrison Walker

June 29, 1913 ~ September 19, 2014

Mr. J. Harrison Walker, age 101, of Wilmington, DE, passed away on September 19, 2014, at his residence in Wilmington.

Mr. Harrison was born in Wilmington, DE, the son of the late Grover C. Walker and Laura Price Bullen Walker, on June 29, 1913.

Mr. Walker had attended Wilmington High School and then went on to proudly serve his country in the U.S. Army during WWII as an assistant chaplain.  He retired at the age of 65 after 43 years of dedicated service as a choirmaster and organist, spending 38 of those years at St. Andrews Episcopal Church, now the Episcopal Church of Saints Andrew and Matthew.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his life partner, Carl Fletcher Gordy.  Mr. Walker is survived by his good dear friends and caregivers, Cindy F. Reed and Cynthia Wray.

A memorial service will be held at 10:30 am, on Friday, September 26, 2014 at the Episcopal Church of Saints Andrew & Matthew, 719 N. Shipley Street, Wilmington, DE  19801.  Interment will follow at Silverbrook Cemetery, 3300 Lancaster Avenue, Wilmington, DE  19805.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Heartland Hospice Services, 256 Chapman Road, The Oxford Building, Suite 102, Newark, DE  19702.

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  1. Arthur Suro, September 23, 2014

    I was an acolyte at Saint Andrews in the late1950s. Mr Walker was the organist and the seating arrangement then was for us acolytes not serving at the altar to sit behind Harrison in view of the congregation. Harrison was not in view of the congregation because of a wooden screen. As anyone can imagine four or five teenage boys sitting next to each other can start elbowing, pinching, whispering (stage type), etc. I will never forget the quick glance of disapproval over his shoulder. That’s all it took to settle us down for another few minutes!

    One time during a Sunday evening youth group when supervision was not up to par, a couple of us got back into the “pipe room” of the pipe organ and rearranged a few of them as a prank to get back at him for his glances of disapproval. You can imagine the chaos that caused in the mind of this lover of music!

    May this gentleman rest in peace in the arms of our Lord.

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  2. Barb (Grieco)and Jack Pietropaulo, September 28, 2014

    I was 6 years old when my family moved to Fairfax. Gordy and Harrison were so much a part of our neighborhood–they lived 3 doors down from us—if I wanted to see them in later years, I had only visit Hollywood Grill–they’d be there with Cindy. Many prayers for you, Harrison. You were a great person and a gentleman.

    Love,
    Barb

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