Luke W. Walker, 57 of Middletown RI died unexpectedly on Tuesday, July 12, 2016. Luke was born in Corning NY and is survived by his wife of 32 years, Bess Walker and daughter, Jacqueline Marie Walker, 21.
He is also survived by his parents William Donald Walker and Mary Lucille Walker and brothers and sisters; Matthew, Mark, Jane, John, Anne, Peggy, Will and their families.
He was a graduate of the School for American Craftsman at Rochester Institute of Technology. Luke came to Newport in 1980 to work on America’s Cup boats. Later, he worked for Bob Derecktor as a loftsman. He went on to work as a decorator under Kenneth Neame of London. Luke and Bess were self- employed at Walker Interiors.
Luke became a well-known master craftsman, artisan and visionary throughout Newport who “took broken things and made them beautiful”.
He was a life long learner. No task was beneath him. And there was no “tomorrow”. He was devoted to his family and was extremely proud of their daughter, Jackie.
Luke was a member of the Yankee Chapter of Antique Motorcycle Club. He had many interests, and enjoyed the camaraderie of his friends. He built airplanes, and learned how to fly. He built and restored numerous motorcycles. He built ceramics and painted.
Luke survived a serious motorcycle accident in May 2013. Since that time Luke could be found at his shop on Halsey Street, or simply with friends. Luke was loved and will be missed by everyone who knew him.
Visiting hours are Monday, July 18 from 4- 7 pm at the O’Neill-Hayes Funeral Home, 465 Spring Street, Newport, RI. A burial service will be held Tuesday, July 19 at 11 am at the Middletown Four Corners Cemetery at Wyatt and Turner Roads. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the charity of your choice in Luke’s name.
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