Richard C. Walker, engineer

Richard C. Walker
Richard C. Walker
Posted: July 10, 2013

Richard C. Walker, 88, of Glen Mills, a retired design engineer, died of lung cancer Wednesday, July 3, at his home.

Mr. Walker was an electromechanical design engineer who worked for more than 30 years at the DuPont Engineering Design Laboratories in Wilmington.

Born in Philadelphia's Lawndale section and raised in Fox Chase, Mr. Walker was a World War II veteran. He served with the Army Air Corps in India and the South Pacific, and was honorably discharged with the rank of sergeant. His name appears on the Veterans Wall of Honor at Washington Memorial Chapel at Valley Forge.

Mr. Walker met Marie J. Capozzoli when both studied painting at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts Country School in Chester Springs. The two were married for 62 years.

Mr. Walker resided in Havertown for 50 years before moving to Maris Grove, a senior community in Glen Mills. He was a direct descendant of Lewis Walker, a founding member of the Valley Forge Friends Meeting, who emigrated from Wales and settled on a William Penn land grant in Tredyffrin Township in 1689.

After retiring, Mr. Walker became a volunteer at Delaware County Memorial Hospital, where he worked for 20 years. He competed in the Delaware County Senior Games and won a medal in the Johan Printz Canoe Challenge. He and his wife enjoyed exercise classes at the Lansdowne Y well into their 80s.

Mr. Walker was a board member of the Haverford Township Historical Society and the Haverford Township Historical Commission. He ran programs for the society.

Surviving, besides his wife, are sons Richard, Warren, Joseph, and Michael; daughters Margaret Cossentino and Catherine MacNeill; 11 grandchildren; and two great-grandsons.

A viewing is at 9 a.m. Tuesday, July 9, at D'Anjolell Memorial Home of Broomall, 2811 West Chester Pike, Broomall, followed by a Funeral Mass at 11 a.m. at Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary Church, 410 Sagamore Rd., Havertown. Interment is in St. Denis Cemetery, Havertown.

Donations may be made to Crozer-Keystone Hospice Program, 1 Medical Blvd., Upland, Pa. 19013.


Contact Bonnie L. Cook at 610-313-8102 or bcook@phillynews.com.

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