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Obituaries

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William Tinman "Bill" Walker

Longtime Tiburon resident William Tinman "Bill" Walker passed away October 30, 2016, just shy of his 87th birthday.

Born in Birmingham, Ala., Bill finished high school early and went on to graduate from Birmingham-Southern College. Active in sports, Bill signed to play baseball as a catcher for the Giants but he never reported. His reserve unit was called up and he entered the military. He became a lieutenant in the U.S. Navy and went to sea during the Korean War. After the Navy, he got a Doctorate of Jurisprudence from the University of Alabama in 1957. As a lawyer, Bill clerked for the Alabama Supreme Court before re-enlisting as part of the Judge Advocate General Service stationed in Naples, Italy. Many of his favorite stories were of going to court in Southern Italy circa 1959. While in Naples, he met his wife, Jeanette, who was a tourist. It was love at first sight. They met on October 23, 1959 and were married that New Year's Eve.

After living in Naples and the birth of their son, Tinman, Bill and family transferred with the service to Bainbridge, Md. Bill soon left the Navy and his law practice to work for IBM. The family moved to Delaware, where their daughter, Merrill, was born. During his life, Bill worked for several large consulting firms. He traveled at lot for work, including to Honduras, where he worked with Citibank restructuring banks in Tegucigalpa. They lived in the D.C. suburbs of Virginia; Palos Verdes, Calif.; and Aspen, Colo. before work brought them to San Francisco and Tiburon in 1972. In 1974, he started his own executive search company. He eventually took on Peter Torrente as a partner, keeping their office in downtown Tiburon for over 30 years.

Some of Bill's best times were spent performing with friends at the Tiburon Peninsula Club in the Pelican Players Productions of the '70s and '80s. Possessing a beautiful tenor voice, he was a longtime member of the Marin Men's Chorus. He was active with the Community Congregational Church in Tiburon and the Golden Gate Center for Spiritual Living in Corte Madera. He loved sports and was an avid Auburn, Alabama, 49er and Giants fan.

Bill was known for his authentic Southern barbeque, which was featured on TV and in the newspapers. Like any good ol' boy, he was tight with his sauce recipe — his secret is now truly safe!

Bill is survived by his beloved wife of 57 years, Jeanette "Jett" Walker of Tiburon; their children, Tinman and Merrill; his step daughter, Sherry Schumann; his grandchildren, Glenn and Erica Schumann; and his older brother Harold Walker Jr. His body was donated to UCSF for research into Alzheimer's, the terrible disease that took Bill away years before his physical death.

A service to celebrate Bill's life will be held at Old St. Hillary's Landmark Church in Tiburon at 3 p.m. on November 18th. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the UCSF Memory Center.

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