George M. Walker, 90, Chapel Hill, passed away Jan. 20, 2009, at home.
Mr. Walker was born in Gorham, N.H., on May 20, 1918, the son of John M. and Susie (Hammond) Walker.
He was a World War II Veteran of the U.S. Army Air Corps, serving in the 3rd Division of the 8th Air Force. He held the rank of Sgt. Major and was a member of the 486th Bomb Group.
George came to us from the northeast as he lived in Greenwich, Conn., after the war and moved to Exeter, N.H., in 1964. He worked as a carpenter for the U.S. Postal Service until his retirement in 1974. George also operated a garage door business in Exeter, N.H.
George moved to Chapel Hill in 2007 to be with his son, John, and family.
Members of the family include his son John M. Walker II and wife Michaela of Chapel Hill; daughter Candice Mercier and husband Denis of Limoges, Ontario, Canada; four grandchildren; nieces, nephews and cousins. He was predeceased by his wife Dorianna (LaChance) Walker.
- Buddy Poppy Program Promoter, par excellence
“Have a Poppy, take a Poppy” was his refrain. George would just sit in his chair and repeat it over and over to passersby.
They would stop, young and old, to get a Buddy Poppy and to chat with George. He always had a bright smile and a word of welcome.
Our favorite Poppy memory of George was in the fall of 2008. George insisted in spending time with the other post members passing out poppies. It was cold, but he would stay, and smile, and pass out more poppies. A young mother and her teenage daughter dropped by and insisted on a photo with George. She said that her husband was serving in Iraq and she wanted to get a picture to send to him. She could not be with her husband, but George was a good stand-in. George represented all those fighting men and women serving overseas.