Robert Joseph Walker,
77, of Cumberland passed away suddenly on Sunday, March 8, 2015. As the Northern Rhode Island Pickle Ball Ambassador, Bob, and his beloved wife, Kathy, were participating in a Pickle Ball Tournament in Connecticut when he passed away.
Mr. Walker, formerly of Lincoln and North Providence was a USAF Veteran and the owner of Central Electric in Pawtucket.
Bobby leaves his beloved wife Kathy of 52 years and five children: John Barrette and his wife Brenda of Georgia, Sandra Johnson and Tony Souza of Slatersville, Robin Walker-Maya and her husband Bill of Cumberland, William Walker and his wife Lisa of Lincoln and Kerrie Follett of North Attleboro. Gramps also leaves 8 Grandchildren: Wayne Barrette and his wife Robin, Nathan Barrette and his wife Ashley, Kayla Turner and her husband Jeremy, Lee Johnson and his wife Catherine, Katie Maya, Hailey and Jake Walker, Corissa O'Neill and her husband Josh. Gramps also leaves 15 Great-Grandchildren: Johnny and Alex Barrette, Angel, Daytona, Cameron, Natalie Rene, Natalie Grace and Cole Barrette, Gabby, Zach and Alyssa Turner, Samantha, Victoria and Sean Johnson.
Bob also leaves his furry friends; Bailey, Bella, Stella and George the Cat.
Bob was an amazing man with a real passion for life and, once he became interested in something, his obsession with learning everything about it was all consuming. We made a list as a family of all the things that caught his eye over the years—golf, bowling, geocaching, painting, building model airplanes, flying small motorized airplanes, obtained his small pilot license, teaching himself how to sail, making flies for fly fishing, downhill skiing, camping, genealogy, square dancing, motorcycle riding, Texas Hold-Em poker, bird watching (especially those Eagles nesting on the Facebook live web-cam), cooking (he made a killer chicken schnitzel), and, of course, Pickle Ball, to name a few. A real renaissance man, Bob will be missed by all of his friends and family.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. John Vianney Church, 3609 Diamond Hill Rd, Cumberland, RI on Friday, March 13, 2015 at 10:00 AM. There will be no calling hours and burial will be private.
In Lieu of flowers please do a kind deed in Bob's honor or make a donation to the Northern Rhode Island Food Pantry where he loved to volunteer. The Northern Rhode Island Food Pantry, PO Box 7833, Cumberland, RI 02864.
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