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Sam Walker, Community Leader And Activist, Passes Away

Sam Walker, longtime resident of Tuners Station, devoted his life to his community.

Sam Walker, a longtime resident of Turners Station and one of the most respected members of the Dundalk community, passed away Jan. 10 from natural causes at his home in Dundalk. He was 75. 

He was born November 4, 1937, and had been married to his wife, Darlene Walker, for 35 years.

Sam was an inspirational leader in the community and will be missed by many.

One of Sam’s close friends, Mr. Willie D. Marshall, stated that Sam was a leader “and I will deeply miss him.”

Mr. Marshall was kind enough to provide some of Sam’s history in the community.  He was instrumental in starting a program that taught students at the Alliance Center how to use machinery. 

Mr. Walker spent approximately 32 years working at the Maryland Dry Dock and Bethlehem Steel plant, along with another 17 years with the Baltimore County Department of Recreation and Parks.

According to the former Police Community Relations Council Director at the North Point Precinct, Jim O’Toole, Mr. Walker served the council for about 25 years and was active in representing senior citizens of the Dundalk Area.

Mr. O’Toole stated the Sam’s “gregarious attitude and big smile will be missed.  He was a good friend of mine.  My thoughts and prayers are with his family at this time."

Sam received an award in 2012 from the PCRC Council for Continuous Service to the Community, including his representing the seniors in the Dundalk area.

Sam was also involved in many other community activities and was regularly seen at various community meetings offering his assistance.

Sam was also noted for his meticulous care of and devotion to the county park located in Turners Station.

Funeral arrangements are pending.

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Larry January 11, 2013 at 04:30 AM
THANK YOU - Dundalk Patch for this great article about a hard working and loved by all individual. Mr Walker is one of those guys who would actually do anything he could to help anyone. He kept our park and boat launch immaculate and the boaters loved and respected him. Rest In Peace Mr Walker! Thank you for your outstanding service to our community. Larry Bannerman
Buzz Beeler January 11, 2013 at 02:28 PM
Larry thank you for your great comment. I met Mr. Walker many times and he always had a smile and a willingness to help. I covered the PCRC picnic and Sam brought and set up all the sound work so the political leaders could be heard and awards given out. I'll always remember his kind words and smile. The community will miss him. If I am not mistaken he was a member of the Baltimore County Human Relations Council. He was very proud of that role and made it know he was ready to help anyone who needed it. I have to give credit to Dundalk's editor Marge Neal who gave this story priority and also knew Sam.
Carl matthews January 11, 2013 at 09:19 PM
I was the natural resources office patrol that aera by water for 11 year before I retired Mr Sam was a great man. Always help me out when I came by. Love my Uncle Sam
Jim O'Toole January 11, 2013 at 10:52 PM
Here we are saying good-bye to another member of our community who showed it was alright to have a heart. I am grateful for having this man as my friend. He always did have a friendly word and a hand shake for me.If ever I needed a word of encouragement he would have one. Therefore Sam, when I go to bed tonight with my head bowed I will ask God to take care of you and to bring some comfort to your family in a time of sorrow. Good-Bye my friend, I will see you in the next life.
doug adkins January 11, 2013 at 11:50 PM
Yesterday Dundalk lost its greatest ambassador. Sam loved his community and worked tirelessly to improve it. Sam Walker had many great qualities but at the top of the list was his infectious smile, gregarious personality, and my personal favorite, his ability to tell a good story. I could sit for hours and listen to him talk about many of his past experiences, although once in a while he had a tendency to embellish certain recollections it didn't seem to diminish the overall enjoyment he gave to those who listened. I had the opportunity to visit Sam at his park (Turner Station Park) on several occasions. Having grown up near Merritt Beach I am familiar with many of the county parks. What first struck me about the Turner Station Park was how well maintained it was. I watched as Sam helped people launch an retrieve their boats. As the boaters came in from a successful day on the water they would share their catch of fish or crabs with Sam. Sam loved to have visitors to his park and it was obvious those visitors loved being there. No one can argue this was and is Sam's Park that's why I think it would be appropriate that we should honor Sam by renaming the Turner Station Park the Samuel Walker Park. I am truly honored to have been able to call Sam Walker my friend. I feel blessed to have known such a good person. Our loss is heaven's gain. Rest in Peace My Friend, Doug Adkins
Larry January 12, 2013 at 05:41 PM
Thank you Buzz Beeler and Marge Neal. Well done!
Buzz Beeler January 12, 2013 at 06:24 PM
Doug, as many times I saw Sam, I'll always remember his smile and positive attitude. He always found time to greet you and shake your hand. Thanks for your comment along with Jim, Carl and Larry's.
DAVID PATRO SR January 15, 2013 at 08:45 PM
Dundalk and Turner station has lost a great person . Sam and I spoke a few times and he always told me to keep doing what I am doing for North point village .Sam said he could see the change and told me that more people should do what they can to make Dundalk a better place for all . Thank you Sam

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