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Robert L. Walker

December 29, 1959 ~ September 6, 2018 (age 58)

Robert L. Walker, 58, Beloved son of Joseph and Delores (Sargent) Walker who predeceased him, passed away on Thursday, Sept. 6, at Baystate Medical Center in Springfield, with his family at his side. He was also predeceased by his beloved son, Robert Gilliam; brothers, Joseph Sargent and Ray Walker; and beloved granddaughter, Shadanay Antoinette- Marie Collins. Robert was a loving, kind, generous person to family and friends. He always had a smile on his face. He helped anyone he could with open arms. He loved cooking, cleaning and keeping everything organized. He showed constant love to his longtime partner and friend, Cynthia Gilliam of Springfield, beginning from the first time they met in 1982. He loved and adored all of his children, Deacka Gilliam, Getarra Gilliam, Angelo Gilliam, Robynne Gilliam, and Sicily Gilliam, all of Springfield, Theresa Gilliam of Pittsfield, Gina Gilliam of Springfield, and Anthony Gilliam of Pittsfield; and 11 grandchildren, Marcyella, Marcelius, Tyarri, Honesty, Charlease, Lori Mai, Nathaniel, History, Humble, Dynasty, and Sophia. He was a great father and grandfather to all. He loved all of his brothers and is survived by, Eric Walker of Florida and 2 sisters, Pamela Walker of Boston, and Michelle Walker of Worcester. Robert was very hardworking and successful. He attended and graduated from Hyde Park High in Boston, Mass. After high school, He trained in the culinary arts, and cooking became his main interest and passion. He worked for several companies in the Boston area as a chef and later enjoyed working at Newton Wellesley Hospital in Newton, MA and The Metropolitan Youth Center in Roslindale, MA. Robert was a very patriotic person. He had an avid love of sports, and was a fan of the New England Patriots, Boston Red Sox, Bruins, and the Celtics. He also enjoyed gathering with family and friends. Robert loved collecting all kind of gifts and giving them to his children and grandchildren. A period of visitation will be held for Robert on Saturday, Sept. 15, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Hafey Springfield Chapels, 494 Belmont Avenue, followed by a reflective service at 1 p.m. in the funeral home. Burial will be private.

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