Scott Walker

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CHESTERTOWN — Scott Wil­liam Walker of Chestertown passed away sur­rounded by his fam­ily on Dec. 31, 2018 after a long bat­tle with blad­der can­cer. He was 60.

Born on Feb. 7, 1958, in Prov­i­dence, R.I., he was the son of the late Mar­lene Walker. Scott served in the Army as a Chi­nese lin­guist and grad­u­ated from the Uni­ver­sity of Hawaii Manoa with a de­gree in Chi­nese.

Scott mar­ried Sheila Walker on March 5, 1983 in Mon­terey, Calif. He lived in Cal­i­for­nia, Ja­pan, Hawaii and Texas be­fore set­tling in Chestertown.

Mu­sic was an enor­mous part of his life, he was a tal­ented fifer. He joined the Ken­tish Guards Fife and Drum Corps of East Green­wich, R.I. as a child, where he learned to play the fife and played in sev­eral fife and drum corps through­out his life, in­clud­ing the Pa­tow­mack An­cients of Vi­enna, Va. and the Mon­u­men­tal City Fife and Drum Corps of Bal­ti­more. Scott loved to jam, and was al­ways one of the last ones to leave the field at a muster.

Scott was a stay-at-home dad, in­still­ing in his daugh­ters a sense of won­der and cu­rios­ity. He helped craft every medi­ocre sci­ence fair project, lis­tened to the sad ex­cuse of a trom­bone and al­ways en­cour­aged in­di­vid­ual ex­pres­sion and cre­ativ­ity. Scott touched those in his life with his hu­mor and pas­sion. He was known for his puns that were so bad — they were good. If you dared to ask him if he was al­right, he would re­ply, “No I’m half left!” He was al­ways bring­ing laugh­ter and smiles to those around him, even in times of sad­ness.

Scott al­ways had ad­ven­ture cours­ing through his veins. With binoc­u­lars stowed away in his pack, his cam­era strapped safely around his neck and his wife by his side, Scott em­barked on many a jour­ney, ready to cap­ture every mo­ment. From back­pack­ing through Asia, scuba div­ing in the depths of the Pa­cific Ocean, hik­ing the hills of Texas, kayak­ing along the Ch­ester River to scour­ing the fields of Wilmer Park for new and undis­cov­ered Pokè­mon, he never did any of it with­out his trusty ad­ven­ture cap. Scott lived out one of his dreams in the fi­nal year of his life, camp­ing and trav­el­ing up and down the East Coast with his wife.

Scott faced his ter­mi­nal di­ag­no­sis with hu­mor and courage. He par­tic­i­pated in six clin­i­cal tri­als, in­clud­ing four phase I “first in hu­man” tri­als, two rounds of chemo, one round of ra­di­a­tion and count­less surg­eries. Often times at these ap­point­ments, he bravely donned a guinea pig T-shirt and boldly cried, “For sci­ence!” He at­tempted to wear the shirt one last time for a sev­enth trial be­fore the dis­ease fi­nally took his life.

Scott is sur­vived by his wife Sheila Walker of Chestertown; and daugh­ters Sarah Walker of New York and Kiera Walker of Wash­ing­ton, D.C. He also is sur­vived by cousins Frances Vucci, Mary Ste Croix and Ellen Deluca, all of Mas­sachusetts.

In lieu of flow­ers, do­na­tions may be made to the Blad­der Can­cer Ad­vo­cacy Net­work (BCAN), Johns Hop­kins Green­berg Blad­der Can­cer In­sti­tute, Na­tional In­sti­tutes of Health or Com­pass Re­gional Hospice.


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