Funeral services for Harry R. Walker Sr., age 78 of Brooklawn, who died on February 22, 2017, will be held on Monday, February 27 from 10 am to 12 noon at St. Mary's Catholic Church, 426 Monmouth Street, Gloucester City.
Harry was raised in Gloucester City at the corner of 5th and Powell Streets across from the old milk house and the defunct Sand Bar. For many years he worked as a printer for Godshall Printers later Publishers Inc. in Gloucester City. Before he retired from the printing field he worked at the Philadelphia Bulletin newspaper in Philadelphia Pa. As a young man, Harry was known for his ability with a pool stick. "He could shoot pool, " said Bill Cleary who knew Harry for most of his life. " I remember watching him play pool in the pool room on Burlington Street (where the Sportsman AC is now) as a teenager. He took care of running the pool room for the owner, Augie. So he had lots time to practice on those big green felt pool tables. When the money games started Harry always came out a winner. He was good at darts too. A great guy, always with a smile and a laugh", said Cleary.
Joe and Dolores Cleary Raube were lifelong friends of Harry and his wife Helen. "Harry was our best man in our wedding. That was 57 years ago. We have many fond memories of our trips with the Walkers. Harry was a good guy. Both Joe and I will miss him."
Harry was a member of the Knights of Columbus Council #674 in Gloucester City. He was one of the original members of the Breakfast Club and he enjoyed his monthly breakfast get-together as well as his daily morning meetings with the "Old Timers" at Proprietors Park.
Harry's Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 12 noon at St. Mary's Catholic Church, 426 Monmouth St., Gloucester City, NJ. Interment will be private at the request of his family. In lieu of flowers the family would appreciate memorial donations be made to St. Mary's Catholic Church at the address listed above or St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.
Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to the Etherington-Creran Funeral Home, 700 Powell Street, Gloucester City NJ.
Standing, the late George F. Cleary Jr., (l.to r.) Ronnie Raube, Lannie Letzgus, Harry Walker at Breakfast Club gathering in Gloucester City (Dec. 2006)