Gerald Delos (Del) Walker of Bristol Honeoye died peacefully on August 10. He was 75.

Del led a full life of his own design. He graduated with a forestry degree from Paul Smith’s College in the Adirondacks before building his dream home with his wife, Margaret, a log cabin deep in the Bristol hills. He could always be spotted from afar in his yellow truck, with the classic Del Walker’s Landscaping logo. He took great pride in his work, owning and operating his business for 51 years. He also loved giving back to his community, donating his time and efforts to the Honeoye Booster’s Club and the Paul Smith’s Alumni Association. He oversaw the construction of Honeoye Central School’s soccer fields, complete with his trademark Leyland cypress plantings.

For all his hard work, he also relished his time off, reserving the last two weeks of July every summer for a visit with his family to his beloved Martha’s Vineyard. And any description of Del would not be complete without mentioning his love for the Boston Red Sox. His summer nights were often defined by how well the Sox played or, how bad the Yankees lost.

His legacy lives on both in upstate New York and on the Vineyard through the many landscaping projects he completed for friends and family. This includes one particular white pine tree, planted by his classmates from Paul Smith’s in honor of the infamous White Pine Camp of 1962. Today, Del’s white pine is huge, the shape of Epcot Center, and stands out from the surrounding forest for its boldness and rugged charm — a personification of Del himself.

He was predeceased by his parents Gerald and Dorothy Walker, his brother, John Walker, and his sisters, Jean Leyland and Shirley Moore. He is survived by his wife of 45 years, Margaret (Brennan) Walker; their children: Katie Walker and her husband, Seamus Mulligan, of Pittsford and Daniel Walker and his wife, Beth, of Massachusetts; and grandchildren Ronan and Aoife Mulligan and Thomas Walker. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews and many other loving family members and friends.

Friends may call on Sunday, August 13 from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Kevin W. Dougherty Funeral Home on 8624 Main street, Rte 20A, in Honoeye, N.Y. His funeral service will follow at 3 p.m. Memorial contributions may be made in Del’s memory to the Paul Smith’s College Alumni Association, 7833 New York 30, Paul Smiths, N.Y. 12970.

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