Clara A. Lamore Walker
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Formerly of Cranston, died on Friday, April 2nd. She was the daughter of the late Raymond P. and Irene A. (Martellucci) Lamore. Clara was the sister of the late Raymond F. Lamore, Sr. and wife of the late Captain Donald P. Walker, USN. Clara is survived by her nephews, Raymond (Lisa) Lamore of Warwick, RI, Paul (Lynn) Lamore of Mountain Top, PA and her niece Stephanie (Michael) Kent of Ellington, CT.
Born and raised in Providence, Clara was an honors student at Central High School. As a youngster she joined the Olneyville Boys Club Swim Team. Under the guidance of Coach Joe Watmough, she became a swimming powerhouse. During the 1940's she was a Rhode Island Athlete of the Year and a two-time New England Athlete of the Year. Clara was also an A.A.U. National Champion and a five-time All American. Her swimming career culminated in being selected as a member of the 1948 Olympic Team.
After participating in the Olympics, Clara returned to Providence where she worked for the New England Telephone Company. Clara then became a cloistered nun in the Religious Order of the Cenacle. She left the convent, as she jokingly explained, "Due to a lack of decorum." For example, during family visits her brother Raymond gave her candy bars, which she hid in her habit. As a nun in a cloistered order, this was strictly forbidden.
In 1964 Clara was one of the first two women to graduate from Providence College. She earned a B.A. in Philosophy. It was during this time that she met her husband Don. During his naval career, Don and Clara lived in Long Beach, CA, Washington, DC, Dayton, OH, Japan and Naples, Italy. While Don served in the Vietnam War, Clara traveled throughout the world, by herself, for 18 months.
While living in Naples in 1970, Don passed away unexpectedly. Clara returned to Rhode Island and settled in Cranston. She became an English teacher at Cranston West High School and then a guidance counselor at Western Hills Middle School.
During her teaching career Clara returned to Providence College where she earned Master's Degrees in Counseling and School Administration.
After a 32 year hiatus from swimming, Clara returned to the pool in order to soothe a sore back. She went on to set 484 Masters National Records and 184 Masters World Records. For these accomplishments Clara was the first Masters Swimmer to be inducted into the International Swimming Hall of Fame in Fort Lauderdale, Florida in 1995.
Clara was also inducted into the Rhode Island Heritage Hall of Fame, the Italo-American Hall of Fame and the Rhode Island Aquatics Hall of Fame.
Following her retirement Clara became a residence hall director at Providence College. Clara enjoyed serving as a volunteer at the Rhode Island Red Cross and Catholics for Life. She was a Eucharistic Minister at Rhode Island Hospital, taught religious education and was a lector at the Immaculate Conception Church in Cranston. Clara was a member of the Third Order of Saint Dominic.
Clara loved God, her church, family, friends and former students.
Visiting hours will be held on Thursday, April 8th, from 5:00-7:00 p.m. in the NARDOLILLO FUNERAL HOME & Crematory, 1278 Park Ave, Cranston. Her Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Friday, April 9th, at 10:00 a.m. in Immaculate Conception Church, Cranston. Burial will take place in St. Ann Cemetery, Cranston. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Saint Jude Children's Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105. Visit for online condolences.

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Published in The Providence Journal on Apr. 6, 2021.
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April 15, 2021
Dear Family and Friends,
I had the honor of teaching with Clara during the time she worked at Western Hills Middle School, and my wife and I would see her often at Immaculate Conception. She was an astounding, amazing person! I learned so much just chatting with her. She cut through all the pretense of the world to get right to the Truth, and lived her life dedicated to it. May God grant her a high place next to Him and peace for all eternity.
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April 7, 2021
My dad was a swimmer with Clara back in the 1940's in Providence. I had the pleasure of meeting her at an awards banquet for inductees to the R.I. Aquatic Hall of Fame back in 2013. She lived an amazing accomplish-filled life. My condolences to her Family.
Donna (Nista) Lally
April 6, 2021
.Clara was an amazing woman and had such great energy. As my mom’s best friend, I remember her visiting often, especially when we were young children. Clara was always mentioned in our prayers when we prayed as a family each night. As adults, we enjoyed going to dinner & attending ice skating shows with her. She was spunky, funny and strong. My deepest condolences to her family as you mourn this wonderful & accomplished lady.
Mary Pilkington OConnell
April 6, 2021
I knew Mrs. Walker as My guidance councilor, she also went to my church(Immaculate Conception in Cranston)! She was a great lady. RIP Clara. Alison Prokopwicz
Alison Prokopowicz
April 6, 2021
Dear Raymond, Paul, Stephanie, and all the nieces and nephews. Clara and I were friends since she was eight and I was ten. I am heartbroken about her death. She was my maid of honor at my wedding and also my son’s godmother. Our friendship was special and we shared most of our lives with frequent visits. She was loved by my seven children all of whom are saddened by her death. I spoke with her only a few months ago. Although I still drive I live in South County and have not yet been in a church since the pandemic. I will be with you all in spirit as you lay my dear friend to rest . She sees now the Beatific Vision of which we often spoke. Rest in Heavenly Peace, Clara, my dear friend. I love you.
Margaret O’Connor Pilkington Riley
April 6, 2021
I worked with Clara at Western Hills Jr. High and she was a beautiful, intelligent and witty force. We had many stimulating conversations about life. I have so many good memories of her. She will certainly be missed.
My most sincere condolences to her family.
Carol Moretti
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