BRANFORD — A celebration of life will take place Oct. 5 for longtime Representative Town Meeting member and Stony Creek resident C. James Walker III, who died earlier this month in New Haven, surrounded by his family.
Details with regard to the celebration of life will be released at a later date.
He was 72.
The son of “an undertaker and a debutante,” Charles James Walker Jr. and Marion Judge Walker, Walker had “deep New Haven roots,” according to his New Haven Register/Legacy.com death notice.
He served two extended stints on the RTM as a Republican representing the 2nd District, with the most recent one beginning in 2011. Walker also served his community as a represenative on the Stony Creek Association and a board member of Branford Community TV, or BCTV.
“Jim was a great person to work with. He was somebody that was respected by everybody who’s ever worked with him,” both in the past and on the current RTM, said First Selectman Jamie Cosgrove.
“He was a very thoughtful person who gave great consideration to the issues,” Cosgrove said. “He was a great person to work with. ... He will be missed. “
RTM Majority Leader Ray Ingraham, R-5, called Walker “a definite stand-up guy.”
Walker shared the family home with his sister, Anne, and younger brother, Dick.
He and his wife, Jennifer, settled in Stony Creek in the 1960s, later joined by children Quinn and Summer. The Walkers celebrated their 50th anniversary last year.
After attending The Hopkins School and Colgate University, Walker tried law school, but ultimately headed for the financial world and a job on Wall Street.
Walker’s obituary conveyed a sense of what he was like, describing him as an offbeat personality who “wrote emails like people once wrote hand-written letters — with care, thought and detail. Jim carried paper maps instead of a G.P.S. A genius with directions, he successfully wound through thousands of miles of foreign roads.
“He preferred a newspaper to Twitter and religiously sat for the 6 p.m. news and the weather forecast,” the obit said. “He would inform his daughter of the impending weather in whatever far-flung country she was in at the moment.
“A lover of song, Jim was able to relive the freedom of his youth following Quinn’s music career,” it said. “A lucky guy, Jim enjoyed a generous extended family of in-laws, cousins, nephews and nieces.”
In lieu of flowers, friends and loved ones are asked to send donations in his honor to: The Nature Conservancy of Connecticut, 55 Church St., 3rd Fl., New Haven, CT 06510.