Linwood Kenneth Walker
Linwood Kenneth Walker, 91, of Belfast, died peacefully June 11, 2014 in New London, N.H., after a brief illness. He was born June 6, 1923 in Searsport, the son of Kenneth A. Walker and Frances C. (Frazier) Walker.
Linwood graduated from high school in Searsport and attended Wentworth Institute of Technology in Boston, Mass. When World War II broke out, he stayed on at Wentworth to train Marine Engineers. He later served as a Staff Sergeant in Company E, 36th Armored Infantry Regiment. He fought in several major battles, including the Battle of the Bulge, and received two purple hearts. He was discharged in 1946 and came home to Belfast. There, he started his first business, which involved manufacturing wooden boxes. He later opened up Walker’s Machine Shop near the head of Kirby Lake (the “Muck”) and then moved the operation to Route 3, near Crocker Road. The retail side of this business grew and he renamed it ”Walker Marine.” When a fire destroyed the business, he went to work as a machinist for Penobscot Frozen Foods in Belfast where he designed and hand built much of the processing equipment. He retired from that position but continued to work for them on a part-time basis.
Linwood was an avid hunter and fisherman. He had many adventures in northern Maine and Canada with groups of friends and alone. He and his family loved to spend time at their cottage on Lake St. George. In retirement, he took up many hobbies including wood carving at which he became quite skilled. He also built furniture, tied flies, and even learned to bake bread and make pies.
Linwood is survived by his wife of 51 years, Shirley Elms Walker, of Belfast; stepson, Michael Cressey and his wife Mary Wright and their two children Truman and Lauren Cressey of Grantham, N.H.; sisters, Lula Wright of Rochester, N.H., and Marian Holmes and her husband Charles of Belfast; sister-in-law Jean Walker; nephew David Walker and his wife Helen and five nieces of Bloomsburg, Penn.; nieces, Elaine Hendrickson and her husband Eric of Presque Isle, Vicki O’Donnell and her husband Michael, Sheila Leach, Toni Story and her husband Steve, and Paula Cookson; as well as several great- and great-great-grand nieces and nephews. He predeceased by his parents; brothers Chester and Eugene Walker; brother-in-law John Wright; nephews John Wright Jr. and Sidney McIntire Jr.; sister-in-law Ruth Webber; and mother-in-law Ida Elms and her husband True H. Elms.