Michael Edward Walter ~ IN MEMORY ~ Friday morning, April 27th, 2007, a great light in many eyes dimmed. Michael Edward Walter was lifted from earth and taken to sit before Buddha to await his rebirth. He left behind his beloved wife, Carlinda Sylvestre; brother, Gary (Mary) Walter; his two cherished children: Rockette Heil (Rob) and Edward Walter (Sarah); as well as his much-loved stepdaughters, Liz Schunk (Bryan), Jennifer Owens, and his goddaughter Raytchell Cosentino. Also mourning him are his grandchildren, Ryan Heil, Nikki Giambattista, Trevor Schunk and Katherine Schunk, and his god-grandchild Carlie Cosentino. His best friend throughout life, Andrew Segal will forever miss his fine spirit and encyclopedic mind, as will his previous wife, Barbara Walter. A '66 graduate of Tamalpais High, Mike became a vinyl record expert, amassing over six thousand albums, a thousand 78s, numerous 45s over twenty-five years of collecting. He was a true music scholar beyond all others. Michael spent his happiest early years in Mill Valley working for some of the Bay Area's finest independent musical groups such as Clover, Morning Glory and Quicksilver Messenger Service. One of his favorite claims to fame was that he was the inspiration of Charlie Deal's toilet seat guitars, still in place in the Two A.M. Club in Mill Valley. Mike was also a founding member of the Muir Beach Volunteer Fire Department. At this year's annual picnic, May 27th, all the music will be dedicated in Mike's memory. He was THAT important to people! Look up www.muirbeachfire .com for information on attending. ALL MIKE'S OLD FRIENDS, PLEASE SHOW UP!!!!! A complete Wake will be held at Oddfellows Hall, 545 Pacific Avenue, Santa Rosa on June 2nd from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. Please call Sam at 707-526-4633 for more information.
Published in Marin Independent Journal on May 15, 2007.