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Obituary: John Xavier Walker of McAfee age 77

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John Xavier Walker, 77 years old, died after a short illness at Newton Medical Center, Newton, NJ on Thursday, September 6, 2012. Born to James and Theresa Walker in Jersey City, NJ where he was raised and then moved to McAfee, NJ 44 years ago.

Mr. Walker served with the United States Navy and then received his BA in Psychology from Fordham University and his MA in Judean Christian Studies from Seton Hall University. He then worked as a sub station supervisor for P.S.E. & G. in Secaucus, NJ for 36 years before retiring in 1993. Mr. Walker was a Deacon and parishioner of St. Jude the Apostle RC Church in Hamburg, NJ. He was a graduate of the first class of ordained deacons in the Archdiocese of Paterson and was a member of the Secular Franciscan Order. He enjoyed travelling and was an avid reader.

Mr. Walker was predeceased by his wife, Barbara A. Walker (1994) and was the devoted father of Barbara J. Vrahnos and her husband, Donald of Newton, NJ, Eileen Walker-Boeren of Vernon, NJ, Maureen Howlett and her husband, Robert of Wantage, NJ and Cecilia Metzgar and her husband, Edward of Andover, NJ. Loving grandfather of Sgt. John P. Boeren, USAR, Mary C. Boeren, Andrew J. Merck, Stephen M. Merck, Evan M. Merck, Noah E. Metzgar and Samuel A. Metzgar. Great grandfather of Makenna R. Boeren. Dear brother of Barney Walker of Newton, NJ, George Walker of Manahawkin, NJ and Dennis Walker of Secaucus, NJ. Also survived by many nieces and nephews.

The family received their friends at Ferguson-Vernon Funeral Home, 241 Route 94, Vernon, NJ on Sept. 10. Funeral from the funeral home was scheduled for Sept. 11 at 9 a.m. Mass of Christian Burial was at St. Jude the Apostle RC Church in Hamburg, NJ. Interment was to follow at Glenwood Cemetery, Vernon, NJ. Memorial gifts to the , P.O. Box 11454, Alexandria, VA 22312, would be appreciated. Information and condolences can be found at

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