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Of Upper St. Clair, PA, formerly of Lincroft, NJ, age 88, passed away on July 22, 2011, at Marian Manor in Greentree, PA. Beloved husband for 50 years of the late Berenice (Snellen) Walker. He is survived by his daughter, Patricia (Walker) Grealish and son-in-law, Daniel Grealish, with whom he lived for the past seven years. He is also survived by his beloved grandchildren Katherine and Daniel; devoted sister Lee Weber; and many loving nieces, nephews; and dear friends. Born in Newark, NJ, on November 11, 1922, to Helen and Charles H. Walker, Sr., Charles is also predeceased by his sister Jean Jefferds and brother Donald Walker. Charles was a Staff Sergeant in the United States Marine Corps during WWII, and later served as a First Staff Sergeant in the New Jersey National Guard. He was a lifelong patriot devoted to helping and honoring veterans and their families. He was a Past Master and lifelong member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars in New Jersey and Pennsylvania, as well as a long time member of the Navy League and The American Legion. Charles was a committed member of the Shriners (Syria and Salaam) and the Lions Club in both Pittsburgh and New Jersey. He was a Past Master of his New Jersey Masons Genesis Lodge, and recently celebrated his 59th year as a Master Mason. Retiring after 30 years with New Jersey Bell Telephone, Charles stayed very active with his organizations, civic projects, working election polls, helping veterans and organizing a Voice of Democracy writing competition in local grade schools. After his wife's passing, he moved to his daughter's home until medical complications required a move to Marian Manor in February. The family wishes to extend its heartfelt gratitude to the staff at Marian Manor for the wonderful care and compassion given to Charles. Charles embraced his new life in Pittsburgh. He was dearly loved in Pittsburgh, and by friends and family in New Jersey. Friends will be received from 2-4 and 7-9, on Friday, July 29, at Thompson Memorial Home in Red Bank, New Jersey. A funeral service will be held on Saturday, July 30 at 11:00, at the Presbyterian Church at Shrewsbury, with interment at Mt. Olivet Cemetery, Red Bank, New Jersey. A memorial celebration for Charles will be held in Pittsburgh at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations are suggested to: The Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation, 121 S. St. Asaph, Alexandria, VA 22314, or Shriners Hospitals for Children, c/o Syria Shrine, 1877 Shriners Way, Cheswick, PA 15024. Please view and add Tribute at
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Published in Pittsburgh Post-Gazette from July 24 to July 26, 2011
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