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Larry Walker 1951-2010
Captain, Father, Santa
December 3, 2010
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From Douglas J. Pearce, M.D.:

As a physician I have the immense privilege of developing personal relationships with people from all over our country and all walks of life. Few have touched me as Larry did.

Let me be clear. I was not Larry’s doctor. I was his student. I met Larry in May of this year when I took his OUPV course at World Wide Marine Training. When you first meet Larry you are immediately struck by his genuine warmth and love of people. However, it doesn’t take long before you realize that he is (was) a brilliant man.

The breath and depth of his fund of knowledge was amazing. He could engage you in an intelligent conversation on most any topic. In particular, his knowledge of geography exceeded that of any teacher I ever had. That said, there are a lot of people who know a lot. There are not many teachers as gifted as Larry. (And I have had a lot of practice being a student.) If you didn’t quite get what he was explaining; he would twist the explanation just a little until it became clear. Larry was the embodiment of life. I spoke with Larry several times over the last six months. While I do not pretend to have known him as any of you did; I will miss him. I will also miss taking another course with him and bringing my eldest child to meet an amazing man.

From Barbara and Ray Nuzzo:

Thank you for your outpouring of love during this sad time!

I’m Larry’s cousin Barbara from New Jersey. He and I were very close so it was hard for me when he left the Garden State for the shores of North Carolina. The one hour drive between us became ten hours so we burned up a lot of telephone time. The only thing that always comforted me with him so far away was how much he loved Oriental and the warm welcome he enjoyed from everyone he met there. I watched friendships deepen as his sense of “family” took hold and am grateful for the joy you gave him. Oriental is a small town with a big heart, exactly the sort of place Larry wanted to be. Yes, I always missed him, but he loved his new life there so it became easy for me to share him.

My husband Ray and I appreciate everyone who reached out and befriended Larry over the years. The heartwarming tributes we’ve seen since his tragic loss show how loved he was in his new home town. We’re deeply touched and once again, comforted by all those who share the weight of our sorrow.

Thank you all for your kindness and for loving Larry as much as we do.

Larry Walker’s memorial service will be at St Peter the Fisherman Catholic Parish on 1149 White Farm Road in Oriental on Dec 30 at 11a.
Following the memorial service there will be a gathering of friends and family, 2pm at Windmill Pointe Community Center on Wind Lake Road in Oriental. Organizers request you bring (or drop off early) a covered dish and beverage of your choice.

Captain Larry Walker’s memorial service had an overflow audience, with both happy memories and tears shared. The Reverend Jim Newby presided. Jim provided files from the service – the memorial message, the memorial bulletin – and a Powerpoint file with photos from Larry’s life.

Memorial Message

Memorial Bulletin

Larry Walker – photos to remember (this is a large PowerPoint file – it may take a few minutes to download).

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Posted Friday December 3, 2010 by Melinda Penkava

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