Smart & Edwards Funeral Home

183 Madison Ave, Skowhegan, ME


Christopher "Tad" William Walker

May 4, 1957November 7, 2019

Christopher “Tad” William Walker, 62, of Canaan, passed away unexpectedly on Thursday November 7, 2019 in Canaan, Maine. He was born May 4, 1957 in Farmington, son of Willard B. Walker and C. Pearline (Large) Walker. Chris graduated from the Hammonasset School in Hammonasset, CT, and from there he went on to graduate from Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, NY, in 1979 and then he attended the Denver Paralegal School in Denver, CO. He began his career at Target Sport Tours of Boston as an Account Executive selling local motor coach ski and whitewater rafting adventure travel trips as well as group destination vacations. When Chris left Target he started his own tour and travel company called Adventure’s Unlimited until he sold it to Collette Tours. In 1992, he followed his true passion into the woods working on property he owned in Hingham. In 1995, he moved “back” to Canaan where he began to work with his dad on Battleridge Tree Farm. Besides managing the tree farm, they raised Highland Cattle and brought the farm to a whole new level of productivity as a sustainable business. Chris married Karen Skinner of Cazenovia, NY on June 22, 1996. They have two daughters Sarah 19, and Victoria, Tori, 16. In 2004 the Walker family was recognized as having the Outstanding Tree Farm for Somerset County and in that same year Governor Baldacci awarded them the Outstanding Tree Farm Award for the State of Maine. Chris loved to ski and he was an excellent alpine skier. He also loved sailing. In 1992 Chris and Karen sailed a 45’ Trimaran from Ocean City Maryland to Virgin Gorda in the Caribbean. Back home in Maine, Chris and Karen held many gatherings including annual fishing derbies on their pond at the farm raising money for a local charity. Chris was a past member of the Eagles Club in Weymouth, MA as well as the Maine Highland Cattle Association. He enjoyed camping on Hermit Island in Small Point Maine often with his family. He enjoyed traveling and his last trip was his daughter Sarah’s “Make a Wish” trip to Disney. He is survived by his wife Karen of 23 years of Canaan; his two daughters, Sarah and ”Tori” Walker both of Canaan; his mother, Pearline “Perch” Walker of Canaan; his brother, Andrew “Skeet” Walker and his wife Ann of Canaan; and he also leaves his faithful dog “Navi”. He was predeceased by his daughter Kathryn B. Walker. A celebration of Chris’s life will be held on Saturday November 16, 2019 at 5 p.m. at the Canaan Farmers Hall, 296 Main St. Burial to be held at the Walker Cemetery in Canaan at the family’s convenience. Arrangements are entrusted to the care of Smart & Edwards Funeral Home, 183 Madison Ave., Skowhegan, Maine. Donations may be made in Chris’ memory to the Somerset Humane Society, PO Box 453, Skowhegan, Maine 04976 or Make-A-Wish, 66 Mussey Road, Scarborough, Maine 04074.


  • He is survived by his wife Karen of 23 years of Canaan; his two daughters, Sarah and ”Tori” Walker both of Canaan; his mother, Pearline “Perch” Walker of Canaan; his brother, Andrew “Skeet” Walker and his wife Ann of Canaan; and he also leaves his faithful dog “Navi”.
    He was predeceased by his daughter Kathryn B. Walker.


  • Celebration of Life Saturday, November 16, 2019


Christopher "Tad" William Walker

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Cyndee Stewart

November 16, 2019

I’d like to share a very special memory of Tad. I was nine years old and I got to go from Kalamazoo, Michigan to Canaan, Maine and spend the summer with my beloved Uncle Bill and Aunt Perch and their new baby Tad.
Besides Aunt Perch’s wonderful lobster rolls and danish pastry the best in Maine I might add, my favorite memory is getting up in the morning to help with Tad. A bowl of Cheerios every morning. I often wondered where that boy put so many Cheerios he never wanted anything else.
After enjoying breakfast with Tad Uncle Bill would take me out on their property and show me the little trees he had planted. We had to check each one it seemed. Those trees full-grown now are what Tad enjoyed and helped to build the farm on . So I shall plan to plant a tree in your memory cousin Tad. Than someday the next generation shall enjoy and know of you and your hard work.
I know you will be watching over from above. Know that you are loved and missed.

God Bless You!!! May you be at peace ❤️❤️❤️

Dana Smoker

November 15, 2019

Although we did not see each other often because of distance you were always memorable. I loved our family trip to Maine getting to see you and everyone. I so enjoyed the tour you gave us, your beautiful family and as always, your charm. It was wonderful to see the pictures you shared of your continued progress on the farm. Always taking every opportunity to boost about your girls and beautiful wife. You had so much more to do, I imagine you and your dad are planting trees in heaven. May you find peace and never-ending love dear cousin.

Shannon D

November 14, 2019

My thoughts go out to Karen, the girls and family.

Janice Richards

November 14, 2019

Chris lived life to the fullest! He loved the outdoors and I especially remember the land in Hingham, MA he loved so much. He had a lot of friends and was a kind man. My love to his wife and children and Mom and all other family members.

Roxie Mathieu

November 13, 2019

Best darn woodman we ever had. Fly high Tad!

Jan Bickford

November 13, 2019

Karen, Sara, Tori and Perch...
We are all so sorry to hear the loss of your husband, Dad and son. Tad was my special cousin and we hit it off the first time we met. He loved adventure, laughing about humorous moments and stories, as well as engaging in them, his family and his 4 legged friends.
There will always be a warm place in my heart for Tad. We will all miss him very much. So long Tadpole...,,

Kim Dean Wickett

November 13, 2019

Karen,Sara,Tori and Perch my heart is broken for you all. I always enjoyed spending time with Tad, listening to him talk about his family and how lucky he felt to have you all. Tad loved you all with every fiber of his being. Your all in my thoughts.