Robert Charles Walker, 54, phone company employee

March 04, 2004

Robert Charles Walker, a retired telephone company employee and auto racing fan, died of a heart attack Feb. 16 in Daytona, Fla., the day after attending the Daytona 500 with his wife. The Abingdon resident was 54.

Born in Havre de Grace, he was a 1967 graduate of Havre de Grace High School and attended Harford Community College.

Mr. Walker began working for Chesapeake and Potomac Telephone Co., now Verizon, in 1969. He retired in 2002, then worked at TIC Gums, a food-products firm in Belcamp.

He was a life member of Susquehanna Hose Company, Havre de Grace's volunteer fire company.

Services were held Feb. 26.

Survivors include his wife of two years, the former Christine Ruffing; his parents, Robert and Clara Walker of Havre de Grace; two daughters, Frances Bowman of Perryville and Chantal Walker of Baltimore; two stepdaughters, Selena Ruffing of Havre de Grace and Tiffany Ruffing of Abingdon; two brothers, John Walker of Havre de Grace and Scott Walker of Colora; and two grandsons. His marriage to Mary Frances McLhinney ended in divorce.

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