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Tony M. Walker
September 2, 1948 ~ January 18, 2024 (age 75) 75 Years Old
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Tony Martin Walker, 75, of Roscoe passed away peacefully at his home on Thursday, January 18, 2024. Tony was born September 2, 1948, son of Wanda (nee Rednour) and Ira Walker. He graduated from Belvidere High School in 1966 and attended Rock Valley College with studies focused on Art and English. Tony was a proud lifetime member of the Plumbers and Pipefitters U.A. Local #23, having completed his 50th year of membership in 2019. Perhaps most notably among his numerous jobs as a pipefitter, he spent a significant amount of time working at the Byron Nuclear Plant. Tony approached creative endeavors with an unmatched passion, which led him to excel in music, art, storytelling, and writing. Many remember him from bands such as Red Bud Thunder, The Continentals, and The Double Decker Bus.
After a stroke in the summer of 1998 impacted Tony’s right (dominant) hand, he persevered and learned to function with the full use of only one hand. His passion for creating was ceaseless and could not be stopped by this physical limitation, so he taught himself how to create music and art while only using his left hand. Tony was a font of positivity and humor, capable of bringing laughter and joy to those open to it, whether they were physically with him or reading his musings through the internet; whether they had known him for years or mere minutes. His sense of wonder and joy was shared freely and has left a lasting impact, as his numerous long friendships and strong relationships can attest to. He routinely helped to keep things interesting for others, while also encouraging them to be themselves.
Tony built a multitude of exceptionally close connections, which frequently transcended traditional blood relations, as he favored merit over obligation. He is survived by his partner Brenda Brockman and beloved family members, including six children and seven grandchildren. Tony was predeceased by his daughters, MaLocka Gille and Michelle Barnett, and father, Ira Walker.
Tony will be cremated, as per his wish. A celebration of life will be held by the family at a date yet to be decided. We urge you to do as Tony suggested: “Keep music in your life, life in your music.”