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Lawrence D. Walker

Posted By Hans Funeral Home On May 14, 2021 @ 10:56 am In Obituary | 20 Comments


ALBANY – Lawrence D. Walker, 66, of Albany, passed away on Tuesday, May 11, 2021.  He was born October 17, 1954 in Watervliet, the son of the late Frank and Rose Morelli Walker. Lawrence graduated from Albany High in 1972.  He was a successful business owner, and an award-winning Real Estate Broker for 26 years.  He had a way of creating a connection with people and making everyone feel like family.  In his earlier years, he was known as Kato.  He played in local bands such as Tommy and the Originals, Your Move, and Kicks.  He filled his home with music, playing many instruments and constantly writing songs.  He carried his passion for music throughout his life.  His passing leaves a painfully empty place in the hearts of anyone who knew him.  He treasured time with his family and was generous with his talents.

Lawrence is survived by his beloved wife of 41 years Ann Dollard Walker.  Together they raised four incredible sons, Kerry J. Walker (Cara), Peter L. Walker (Emilee), Nicholas J. Walker, and Thomas P. Walker (Samantha Armentano).  He is also survived by his grandchildren Peter L. Walker, Elora G. Walker, Miles J. Walker, Simon K. Walker, and Samuel L. Walker; his siblings June Bowen, James Walker, Linda Hedman (Ed), and Kenneth Walker (Debra); and by numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and dear friends.   He was also predeceased by his brother-in-law Gene Bowen and his sister-in-law Sandy Walker.

Relatives and friends are invited to calling hours in the Hans Funeral Home, 1088 Western Ave., Albany, Wednesday, May 19th, from 4-7 p.m.  To leave a message of condolence for the family or obtain directions to the funeral home, please visit www.HansFuneralHome.com.

Here is Lawrence’s video tribute, prepared by his son Peter:


Condolences for the family of “Lawrence D. Walker”

Condolence from Karen on May 15th, 2021 6:33 am

I didn’t know Larry well or for very long but when I went to his house I instantly felt welcome. He had a pleasant aura and his family were all smiles when greeting me. I could tell he was very into music and we had a great jam session. Sending my deepest condolences to his family and friends.

Condolence from Ralph & Cathy Grasso on May 15th, 2021 1:18 pm

To the Walker family,
We are deeply sorry for your loss. May Lawrence RIP and God grant you all peace. Cathy & Ralph Grasso

Condolence from Jim Cordi on May 15th, 2021 2:42 pm

My condolences the the Walker and Dollard Families . Kato The world is not a better place without you my friend . You will sorely be missed by all of us . RIP

Condolence from Lisa Robilotto on May 16th, 2021 12:54 am

Dear Ann and family, my prayers go out to you. He had a beautiful soul. May he rest in peace

Condolence from Louis, Naoko and Maria Garguilo on May 16th, 2021 7:11 am

Lawrence took our family under his wing when we relocated to the Albany area from Japan. We had no idea about housing, let alone the ins-and-outs of real estate. He was very kind. Our daughter also was in Holy Cross w/ with Larry and Ann’s sons. Our fond memories along with condolences to the Walker family.

Condolence from ANDREW MIRONCHUK on May 16th, 2021 11:29 am

Lawrence was one of the good guys. I am saddened by his passing and extend my sympathy to his family.

Condolence from Mary Ellen Broderick aka Mel on May 16th, 2021 8:09 pm

I knew Kato from mid 70’s via my then boyfriend and his friends. Such a nice kind person. We then crossed paths briefly as he was showing a house on Wood Terr. That we were looking at around ‘96. RIP Kato! Until we meet again, May God hold you in the palm of his hand. ☘️☘️

Condolence from Andrea Baran on May 17th, 2021 4:38 am

My sincere condolences to Ann and family. Kato was a gentle and beautiful soul. So saddened to hear of his passing.

Condolence from Jean Juste on May 17th, 2021 7:49 am

Condolences to Kerry Walker and the Walker family, sorry for your loss.

Condolence from Harvey Kojan on May 17th, 2021 8:04 am

Ann: I’m so sorry to hear this. Kato — he’ll always be “Kato” to me — was such a cool, kind, and wildly talented guy. I’ll always cherish the time we spent making music together. My deepest sympathies to you and your family.

Condolence from Carly Pagano on May 17th, 2021 9:43 am

There are no perfect words to comfort the sadness , I’m so very sorry for you all

Sending my prayers to your family, what a kind person he was .

Condolence from Wendy Gibson on May 18th, 2021 6:04 am

Condolences to Kerry Walker and family

Your Dad sold my home to me 19 years ago and I’ll never forget how he took a chance on a young woman with small children and worked hard to find me a good home. I wish I’ve know Lawrence Walker was your Dad working with you all these years. He was a great man and I always appreciated what he did. I’ll miss the cards and calendars he sent every year. Prayers to you and your family.

Condolence from Atu Sheffey on May 18th, 2021 10:33 am

Dear Ann, my sincerest condolences to you and the family. Remember the good times of your husband.

peace & love,

(NYSDOL Bronx family)

Condolence from Kim Kuiber on May 18th, 2021 11:06 am

Ann, I am so sorry for your loss, sending prayers to you and your family at this difficult time.

Condolence from Gregg Walko and family on May 19th, 2021 4:06 am

My Uncle Larry was a special man. He was an “old soul” who would brighten up every room he walked into. He will live on for me in my heart always. My condolences to my aunt Ann and her family during this difficult time.

Condolence from Joyce Family on May 19th, 2021 12:48 pm

There are no words… The void is too vast & deep – and the sudden loss of such a noble & honorable man is difficult to bear…
Fortunately his amazing character, life force and very soul will live on through his greatest legacy-times four: Kerry, Peter, Nick & Tom – four of the finest young men we have ever had the pleasure to know & enjoy! RIP, dear Lawrence… Rest In Peace!
-with Love from the Joyce’s

Condolence from Jan Coluccio on May 19th, 2021 5:46 pm

Sincere condolences Ann and all the family.

Condolence from Johnna DiScipio on May 26th, 2021 1:46 am

Please accept my sincerest condolences for your devastating loss.

Condolence from terence m cuzdey on September 11th, 2021 6:39 am

im so sorry to hear about a long time childhood friend we were very close and he was a great guy, for everyone that knew him i have to say im sorry for losing a great person father husband and friend. im so sorry

Condolence from Susan Hammond on October 12th, 2021 6:56 pm

Ann- it’s been a million years but I loved you and Kato together. I am so sorry. Sue Hammond

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