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Article Published August 13, 2020

Samuel B. Walker

Samuel B. Walker, 93, passed away peacefully at home on Aug. 4 after a long illness. He leaves behind his wife Calice Sterling and her daughters Kathy and Heather. He also leaves behind his two daughters, Susan and Kathy, from his previous marriage. Sam also leaves behind five grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. He was predeceased by his child Elizabeth and his grandson Sean, as well as his first wife Lois. Sam was born in Portland, Maine on Oct. 15, 1926, to Samuel Lenox and Alice Westhaver Walker.

Upon graduating from high school in 1944, he enlisted in the US Army Corps Reserve, and was on active duty as an IBM tabulating machine specialist. Upon discharge from military service, he returned to Maine and began his career in data processing. Seeking to advance his career opportunity, he went to work for Cheesebrough-Pond’s in Clinton in 1959 as assistant manager of the Machine Accounting Department, the forerunner to today’s data processing, where he worked on the installation of the company’s first IBM computer which, at that time was only the fifth such machine installed in the state. In 1985 he was transferred to Cheesebrough-Pond’s Management Information Center in Trumbull, where he retired in 1992 as a senior applications coordinator.

Sam’s religious training began in the Episcopal Church in Portland, Maine. He was a member of the vestry, taught Sunday School, and served as a lay reader. He continued his church work in Connecticut, and was a member of All Saints’ Episcopal Church in Ivoryton. Music also played an important role in Sam’s life. He played trombone for a short time with the Portland, Maine Symphony Orchestra, and a big band dance band, on occasion, on the pier at Old Orchard Beach during the 40’s. Later Sam played with the Old Lyme Town Band, as well as with the Manston Big Band, in Connecticut.

Apart from family, Sam was an active member of the Masons, serving as Worshipful Master in 1972. He went on to be appointed Worshipful District Deputy of Masonic District 7B in 1975. As often as he had the chance, Sam could be found on the golf course.

Calice would like to thank the special people of Middlesex Hospice {you know who you are} for their kindness and compassion, as well as the Lower Valley Care Advocates.

In memory of Sam, donations may be made to All Saints’ Episcopal Church in Ivoryton, or a favorite charity. A Memorial Service was held Aug. 10 at the Robinson, Wright & Weymer Funeral Home, 34 Main St., in Centerbrook. To share a memory or express a condolence to Samuel’s family, please visit: Arrangements are by the Robinson, Wright & Weymer Funeral Home.