Bristol/Honeoye: Peacefully on August 10, 2017 at age 75 years. Predeceased by his parents Gerald & Dorothy Walker, his brother John Walker, and his sisters, Jean Leyland and Shirley Moore. Survived by his wife of 45 years, Margaret (Brennan) Walker and children; Katie (Seamus Mulligan) Walker of Pittsford and Daniel (Beth) Walker of MA; grandchildren, Ronan & Aoife Mulligan and Thomas Walker. Also survived by many nieces & nephews and many other loving family members and friends.
Del led a full life of his own design. He graduated with a Forestry Degree from Paul Smith’s College in the Adirondacks before building his dream home with his wife, a log cabin deep in the Bristol hills. He could always be spotted from afar in his yellow truck, with the classic Del Walker’s Landscaping logo. He took great pride in his work, owning and operating his business for 51 years. He also loved giving back to his community, donating his time and efforts to the Honeoye Booster’s Club and the Paul Smith’s Alumni Association. Del oversaw the construction of Honeoye Central School’s soccer fields complete with his trademark Leyland Cypress plantings.
For all his hard work, Del also relished his time off, reserving the last two weeks of July every summer for a visit with his family to his beloved Martha’s Vineyard. And any description of Del would not be complete without mentioning his love for the Boston Red Sox. His summer nights were often defined by how well the Sox played or, how bad the Yankees lost!
His legacy lives on both in Upstate NY and on the Vineyard through his many landscaping projects he completed for friends and family. This includes one particular White Pine tree, planted by his classmates from Paul Smith’s in honor of the infamous White Pine Camp of 1962. Today, Del’s White Pine is huge, the shape of Epcot Center, and stands out from the surrounding forest for its boldness and rugged charm–a personification of Del himself.
Friends may call on Sunday, August 13th, from 1-3pm at the Kevin W. Dougherty Funeral Home Inc., 8624 Main Street, Rte 20A, Honoeye, NY where Del’s Funeral Service will follow calling hours at 3pm. Memorial contributions may be made in Del’s memory to the Paul Smith’s College Alumni Association, 7833 New York 30, Paul Smiths, NY 12970. To send a condolence or share a memory please visit: