John Anthony Walker was born on July 29, 1966 to Richard Walker and the late Lenora Walker at Bronx Lebanon Hospital in New York. His mom affectionately called him Scooby.
John attended the NYC Public School System in Co-op City’s Northeast Educational Park for most of his academics. He later followed in his parents’ footsteps and attended the historic African American preparatory school Laurinburg Institute in Laurinburg PA. John spent many summers in Washington at his aunt Lola Spraggins’ home with his siblings and cousins.
Throughout John’s lifetime he prided himself on being an athlete excelling in sports and using football to channel his energy. He played for several teams throughout his younger years. As he got older John continued playing football every Sunday down by the Eastside river rain, cold, heat, snow, it didn’t stop him. Come Saturday he was already tearing up the closet coordinating his uniform and making sure his cleats matched his socks and his jersey for the game. Anyone who knew John knew his three favorite sports teams were the NY Mets, Washington Redskins and the NY Rangers. He continued to play football well into his late 40’s. He was known as OLDTIMER.
John felt accomplished in his work.. He really enjoyed working at Verizon phone Co. where he established a comradery with his co-workers that lasted well after his career at Verizon ended. For the last 13 years he worked as a mail handler for the US Postal Office in Hawthorne NY until he fell ill. His declining health led to the end of his 13 year career and a lot of time on his hands to reflect on his life. One of John’s later aspirations he was working on with his wife was a company of his own where he could use the profits to fund the establishment of the Lenora Walker Outreach Center where anyone could find a place to feel loved and not feel alone. It was important for him to take part in shaping the future of the world through the children.
During John’s earlier years he fathered two sons who he devoted a lifetime of love to and who served as a source of pride for him. When his first child John Anthony Walker Jr. was born, he was so elated when he came home that he scooped him up wrapped in little more than a blanket and a diaper and carried him through the neighborhood. This was the beginning of his legacy! By the time his second son Jalik Anthony Walker was born he was already a pro and did not think twice about changing his schedule around to the evening shift so that he could spend more time with the children and be home during the day to watch Jaliks’ favorite show Caillou with him.
His favorite pastime was spending time with family and friends. His family meant the world to him.. He would never forget a birthday or anniversary and was the first to call you and say I Love You! He loved life and lived every minute of it on his own terms. John always walked around with a smile on his face and laughter in his heart. John was a beacon that shone so brightly for so many.
John’s storybook romance started when he and wife Dominique Walker were very young. Their love for each other extended over 42 years. They were reunited and married on July 8, 2011.
John Anthony Walker transitioned on Sunday November 10, 2019 unexpectedly following a brief illness. He was called home to be with his mother Lenora Walker, grandmother Faye Walker, and two best friends Kelly Booker and Theodore Walters who preceded him in death waiting in Heaven.
He leaves behind to celebrate his legacy of love and life, wife Dominique Walker, sons John Anthony Walker Jr. and Jalik Anthony Walker. Bonus Daughters; Cierra, Latoya, Ania, Aleia and Alexis. His father Richard Walker and wife (Mama Dee), mother in law Paula Walker and father in law Ronald (Papi) Life long Best friends Gregory Pastrana, Amanda Armstrong-Frank, and Andre Williams his section 5 & 6 family a host of nieces, nephews, family, friends and great nephew Christian Justice who he raised and adored. William H. Grier III father to John’s little rays of light who affectionately call him Poppa John; Walker Heiress Grier and William H. Grier IV.
In memory of John's love for the New York Mets and the Washington Redskins, we request all attendees to honor his memory by wearing sports attire.
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