WALKER--Kenneth Brian, beloved husband of David Burnett, passed away on March 17 of complications resulting from surgery. Born on February 2, 1945, a son of the late Jack and Lillian Walker of Forest Hills, Mr. Walker was a lifelong and quintessential New Yorker. Owner of an eponymously named architectural and interior design firm, he was a graduate of The Pratt Institute. During his long career Mr. Walker created distinctive designs for a wide variety of clients. In 1973 he designed the African Room for the opera house at the Kennedy Center in Washington DC. For many years he traveled throughout the world as a design consultant for the Rockefeller family on the Rock Resort hotel chain. Mr. Walker and Mr. Burnett, life partners for 20 years, were married on July 24, 2011, choosing to commemorate their union on the first day of legalized same-sex marriage in New York State. In addition to Mr. Burnett, he is survived by a brother, Raymond, God- daughter Jill van Berg, a large extended family and a legion of friends. Funeral services will be held at 11:45am on Tuesday, March 19 at the Riverside Memorial Chapel, 180 West 76th Street, 212-362-6600 with burial to follow at Beth Moses Cemetery , Wellwood Avenue, West Babylon, NY 11704, Phone: (631)-249-2290. The family will receive callers at home from 5 to 9pm on Tuesday evening and 5 to 8pm Wednesday-Friday evenings. In lieu of flowers, donations would be appreciated to www.friendsindeed.org
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Riverside Memorial Chapel
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Published in The New York Times on Mar. 19, 2013