William "Billy" M. Walker
December 24, 1947 – June 15, 2018
Billy Walker was a true humanitarian. He loved his friends; he loved his family and most of all, he loved his dog, Badger. Billy had a passion for fishing and rock -n- roll music. Even when they didn’t need a hand he was always there to help a friend in need. Following his service in the US Navy during the Vietnam War, Gunner’s Mate, Walker, received the National Defense Service Medal and the Vietnam Service Medal. Back in civilian life, Billy received the Outstanding Apprentice Award from St. Petersburg Electrical JATC in 1977. In 2001, he earned the Bachelor of Science School of Management degree, Magna Cum Laude, from the State University of New York at Binghamton. Retired in 2009, Billy was a Union Journeyman Electrician for 35 years, best there ever was according to anyone who knew him, and a current member of the American Legion Post 273. Billy will be forever remembered as a dyed-in-the-wool Democrat, a fantastic cook, a loving father to sons Forrest and Robin and a soul-mate to Toni for 46 years. He will be fondly remembered by all.
A gathering of friends and family will be held from 9 until 10 am graveside service with military honors, Saturday, June 23, 2018 at Garden Sanctuary Funeral Home and Cemetery.
Arrangements were made under the direction of Garden Sanctuary Funeral Home, 7950 131st Street, Seminole, FL 33776 / 727-391-0121.
- Toni Walker, Wife
- Forrest Walker, Son
- Robin Walker, Son
- Gathering of Family and Friends Saturday, June 23, 2018
- Graveside with Military Honors Saturday, June 23, 2018
William "Billy" M. Walker
June 25, 2018
While preparing for the Florida Democratic State Conference I mentioned at a DEC Board meeting that Sarasota County DEC all wore matching polo shirt a the last Conference. Billy said he knew where we could get a deal on shirts. The Board concurred and Billy arranged to pick up what he expected to be around 300 polo shirts. I accompanied him to pick them up. Instead, the guy had a garage full of very large boxes of unmatched shirts, some polos, some button down, some other stuff over 1,000 items.
We filled Billy's van with as many boxes as we could, and dumped them at my house. Over the next few days, Billy, Lois, Toni, Ron and I sorted shirts by color and size. We ended up with more than enough similar white polo shirts to have embroidered for the Pinellas Democratic Party, a stack of various blue polos to have embroidered for the Largo/MId-Pinellas Democratic Club, and a small stack of grey and tan to have embroidered for the Pinellas County Veterans Caucus. He had to negotiate with the seller to take back the shirts we couldn't use, accept our count of and payment for the ones we kept.
Funny, he never bother to volunteer to do anything like that again.