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Footprints | Martin Walker - Gone to another realm of silence

Published:Tuesday | May 9, 2017 | 5:20 AM

At Martin Walker's service of thanksgiving at the Holy Name Roman Catholic Church in Homestead, Bamboo, St Ann, on Saturday, December 3, last year, his aunt Zena Walker, read his eulogy.

"I am one of Martin's aunts. We had a very close bond, and I am proud to say that he was one of my favourite nephews. Our souls connected in many different ways, and we knew that we loved each other despite the many miles of separation," Walker told the gathering.

"Martin was very headstrong, very determined, and at times liked to have his own way. Although this may have been a coping strategy for him, it was what made him push forward in life to be able to achieve what he achieved," she said further.

Walker came into this world on July 13, 1959, with speech and hearing challenges. He was the first son of Cynthia and William Walker. He grew up in Bamboo, and when he died, he was still living there. He was also eulogised as a kind and independent man who held no grudges.

His aunt said, "Although Martin did not study formal sign language, he spoke in his own way and communicated via hand actions and lip movements. He also could read lips very well, so when some people thought that he was not understanding what they were saying, he was following the conversation very well. Additionally, he could read and write very well and would write notes to people to be able to get his message across."

The notes on his funeral programme say, among other things: "He took on paint jobs that healthy men refused to go near. In St Ann's Bay, even though he was not well, he took on the job of accompanying the children of families to and from school, allowing the parents to go to their jobs. The parents were distraught when ill-health forced Martin to return to live in Bamboo."

He is survived by his father, brothers, sisters, and his daughter.