Thomas J. Walker

December 7, 1920September 11, 2013
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Walker, Thomas J., 92, passed away peacefully at home September 11, 2013. Born in Butte, Montana to Hallie Boucher and Frank Comerford Walker, he was raised in New York City since age 5 and attended Loyola Academy. Tom was a 1942 graduate of the University of Notre Dame and served as a Lieutenant in the US Navy for 3 ½ years. In 1943 he married Ruthanne (Dolly) Shelare. Tom and Dolly proudly celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary on May 1st. In 1950 they moved to Scranton, PA where Tom ran Comerford Theaters, a family business, and then to Fort Lauderdale in 1957, where in partnership with R. H. Gore, Sr. he established Walker Insurance Associates which later became Fred S. James and Co. and Sedgwick, Ltd. – a career spanning 38 years. Mr. Walker was highly regarded by all who worked with him during his career. In 1966 he was appointed interim Sheriff of Broward County by Governor Burns, a position he held proudly. He was called “sheriff” for years by his buddies. Tom was a lifelong Democrat and quietly active on the local political scene having been influenced by his father’s service as DNC treasurer and chairman, and U.S. postmaster general under the FDR administration. Locally he held directorships with Landmark Bank, Systems Engineering, Chamber of Commerce, Downtown Development Authority, The Hundred Club, Port Everglades Association, and the Tower Club as a founding member. He served as chairman of the United Way of Broward County, president and chairman of the Greater Fort Lauderdale Chamber of Commerce, and chairman of the board of trustees of Holy Cross Hospital. Tom was an advisor to Joe Robbie and the Miami Dolphins and helped establish the “Annual Miami Dolphins Kickoff Breakfast”. He was a member of the Notre Dame Club of Fort Lauderdale and devoted supporter of the University. For many years the Walkers were parishioners of St. Anthony’s Catholic Church. Tom was predeceased by his parents, sister Laura Jenkins, and grandson Christopher Walker. He is survived by his loving wife, Dolly and 5 children, Hallie Batchelder, Frank C. Walker, Barbara (Tom) Tight, Shelley Walker and TJ (Terry) Walker; 10 grandchildren, and 22 great grandchildren. Mr. Walker held much love for his personal caretaker Karen Warner and part time caretakers whose devoted service is treasured by his family. Our dear Husband/Dad/Pa/Great Grandpa/Uncle/Friend, we love you and will miss you dearly. Go Irish!

The family will receive friends at the funeral home Monday, September 16, from 4:00pm to 7:00pm. A Memorial Mass will take place at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, 4595 Bayview Drive, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33308, on Tuesday, September 17, at 10:00am, followed by private burial. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Heartland Hospice of Broward County, St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, or Holy Cross Hospital. Arrangements entrusted to Kraeer-Fairchild Funeral Home, 4061 N Federal Highway, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33308, (954) 565-5591,


  • Visitation Monday, September 16, 2013
  • Prayer Service Monday, September 16, 2013
  • Funeral Service Tuesday, September 17, 2013

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September 17, 2013

Frank and family you have our deepest sympathy for the loss of your loved one.your friends SUE And Bridgitte from Dry Cleaning Depot

Carl Carruthers

September 17, 2013

I'm proud to say that I worked with Tom Walker while he was appointed Sheriff of Broward County. I worked for a lot of Sheriff's in my 32 years with BSO and moral was never higher while he was Sheriff. He was a true gentleman and a Great Sheriff. I'm proud to say I worked with him. RIP Tom.

David Jenkins

September 17, 2013

Uncle Tom was bigger than life itself! I have so many memories and relived them all through the photos/video show. Laura, Jim, Uncle Tom and Aunt Dolly and all my cousins had summers spent with family fun- from the ALC to the shores of Florida. God Bless to everyone and I wish that I could be there but I am in spirit!

Darcy Shean Fitzwater

September 16, 2013

My heart goes out to all of you! "Mr Walker" was a fine man. Part of a rare breed. May he rest in peace. He will be missed, His light shines through all of you and his spirit lives forever. My you find comfort in each other and in your faith. Sending you Love.

jack latona

September 16, 2013

Frank, our condolences to you and the family. He was a true gentleman of the old school. Jack and Kay Latona

Julie Spiro

September 16, 2013

Clearly an extraordinary man! Prayers and positive thoughts going out to TJ Walker of Dillsboro NC.

Rose Anne Johnson

September 16, 2013 sorry for your loss. I'm sure your father was a great man to have raised such a caring son. May you enjoy many memories of your father's life.
Rose Anne & Larry

September 16, 2013

Marvelous photos of beautiful memories of a life well lived. Barbara Van Voaat

September 15, 2013

I love you Uncle Tom, will always miss your great voice and wise council. DanW

September 15, 2013

RIP Sir.