Dennis “Denny” Stuart Walker, 73, of Port Charlotte, Florida, passed away peacefully at home Thursday, May 22, 2014 after a valiant two year battle with cancer. He was born in Elyria on April 16, 1941, to Herbert and Naomi (Schirack) Walker and moved to Port Charlotte from Elyria in 1980.
At the young age of 15, he attained the status of Eagle Scout….a proud moment for his family. After graduation from Elyria High School in 1959, he attended Lorain Technical School, learning the trade as an electrician. He was a member of the Ohio National Guard for 14 years that included a tour of duty in Vietnam. He was also a member of the American Legion Port in Punta Gorda, Florida.
While living in Elyria, Denny was the owner of Denny’s Electric, doing heating, electrical and air conditioning. He was very active in the Little League North baseball teams in Elyria and had sponsored the “Denny’s Electric” senior team for many years, including being a coach.
He was employed at St. Joseph Hospital (now Bayfront Medical) in Port Charlotte for 18 years as the Director of Engineering before joining the Charlotte County School System in the Facilities Department as a Construction Specialist and was instrumental in helping rebuild the schools after Hurricane Charley. After 13 years of service with the School System, he retired this past March.
Dennis is survived by his wife, Janet (nee Lesky) of 49 years; son, Scott (fiancee Ellen Dvorak) of Port Charlotte; his sister, Kay (Carroll) Canfield; nephews, Rick McClintock of Elyria and Dan McClintock of Orange Park, Florida; brother-in-law, John Filimon; nieces, Tracy Morris of Port Charlotte; Kelli (Stephen) Wrobel of North Port; great niece, Makenzie Morris; and great nephews, Matt Morris and Stephen Wrobel.
A Mass and memorial service will be held Friday, May 30, 2014 at St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church at 10:30 A.M. Graveside and military services will be held immediately after Mass at Rest Lawn Cemetery on Forrest Nelson Blvd., Port Charlotte. Following the graveside services, a reception will be held at the Fawcett H2U Center, 3280 Tamiami Trail, Suite #493 (Promenades Mall) until 4 P.M.