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Robert Dunlop Reid Walker

1st of October 2010

Robert Walker, who died on 14 July aged 89, lived at West Callipers, Penmans Green, with his wife Hilary. Robert was an enthusiastic member of the community and was very involved in the Chipperfield Youth Club. He was particularly interested in clearing common ground, notably Penmans Green, which evolved from an overgrown lane into a haven for wildflowers and walkers.  He was often out collecting for various good causes and it was rare for anyone to resist his powers of persuasion and gentle charm.
Robert was born in Irvine,  Scotland, on 9 November 1920.  He went to Shrewsbury School where he excelled in sporting activities. On leaving school and having a family connection with the Saxone Shoe Company of Kilmarnock he was enrolled as a trainee in the manufacture of shoes.
On the outbreak of war he volunteered for army service and was commissioned into the Queen’s Own Cameron Highlanders. Unfortunately he had to be invalided out of the army but on his recovery he enlisted in the Ayrshire Home Guard in which he served with great enthusiasm. After the war he returned to the Saxone Shoe Company and moved up the hierarchy being upon retirement the Deputy Managing Director of the British Shoe Corporation.
During all this time his love of sport continued, especially his golf.  He organised the Saxone Pro-Am competition at Gleneagles for many years.  He was a member of Troon (now Royal Troon) and Prestwick Golf Clubs and of The Honourable Company of Edinburgh Golfers at Muirfield. He played for Ayrshire and in the British Amateur and Scottish Amateur Championships. He also played cricket for Kilmarnock.
Robert moved to Chipperfield in 1963 and joined Denham Golf Club and ultimately became Captain. He was elected to the Senior Golfers’  Society in 1979 becoming Captain in 1991 and eventually President from 1994-1997. He played golf for the Old Salopians and served as President of the Old Salopian Club between 1991-1993. He took a great interest in the affairs of Shrewsbury School.
Sadly, several years before his death Robert gradually became affected by Alzheimer’s Dementia.  His death occurred a few months before his 90th birthday.   He leaves his wife Hilary, two sons Kim and Nicholas, a daughter Sarah and ten grandchildren.

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