This has been quite a week.
My Dad died unexpectedly last Thursday. I never saw it coming, and wasn’t really ready for it at all. Is anyone ever ready for that? I guess not.
We weren’t as close as a father and son should be, because he wasn’t around for most of my childhood, due to divorce. In a way I think this makes his death harder to bear, because I’ll never get to the chance to get close to him in this life, and I don’t have the great memories of him that his wife Sandi and his stepdaughters Patti and Michelle have.
But, on the other hand, after spending time with Sandi, Patti, and Michelle this week at the funeral, I was able to get a crystal clear picture of what a wonderful man he was. Not only them, but everyone on that side of the family, as well as his friends and co-workers, were full of stories about how he was a friend to everyone he knew, and even to those he didn’t know. The minister at his funeral said my Dad had “the gift of friendship”, and I think that’s exactly right. Nobody ever felt uncomfortable or left out when he was around, and nobody who was ever around him stayed a stranger for very long.
So, I didn’t get to have the relationship with him that we both wanted us to have, but I know for a fact that if we had, he’d have been wonderful to me and for me. And that will have to be enough.
Rest in Peace, Dad. I love you.
David J. Walker
Saturday, Sep. 18, 2004
David J. Walker, 62, passed away in Virginia Beach, Sept. 16, 2004. He was a loving husband and father and will be greatly missed by his family and friends. He was a native of Altoona, Pa., and the husband of Sandra J. Walker for 22 years. He was retired from ICT Insurance Corporation and the U.S. Navy as a chief petty officer. He is also survived by his mother, Anna Mae Johnson of Dover , Del.; two sons, Robert Dale Walker of Zuni, Va., and David J. Walker of Oklahoma City, Okla.; two daughters, Michelle Marie Dorson of Virginia Beach and Patricia Dorson Hudak of Richmond, Va.; five grandchildren; brother, Charles L. “Chuck” Campbell of Altoona, Pa.; sister, Carol Smith of Dover, Del.; brother, Gary L. Johnson of Moyock, N.C.; and father, Charles L. Campbell Sr. of Holidaysburg, Pa. He was an avid fisherman belonging to several clubs and a member of the Fleet Reserve Association. A memorial service will be held Tuesday at 2 p.m. in Hollomon-Brown Funeral Home, Kempsville Chapel. Following the services, the family will receive friends at the home of Michelle Marie Dorson.