Richard W. Walker, businessman

Richard W. Walker, founder and owner of a Carroll County glass company who enjoyed being a "Mr. Fix-It" for family and friends, died July 9 of a pulmonary embolism while vacationing in Rawlings, Wyo.

The Hampstead resident was 57.

The son of a glass worker and a homemaker, Richard William Walker was born in Baltimore and moved when he was 15 years old to Perry Hall with his family.

After graduating from Archbishop Curley High School in 1975, he went to work for the Robert L. Walsh Co. Inc. and the Swindell Co., a Baltimore glass and glazing firm.

After the company closed in 1997, Mr. Walker established A&N Glass Inc., a Hampstead commercial glass and mirror company, which remains family-owned and -operated.

A baseball fan, Mr. Walker coached and was equipment manager for Manchester Baseball in Carroll County from 1996 to 2003.

Mr. Walker enjoyed riding his Harley motorcycle, woodworking and working on what Mr. Walker called his "project cars."

"He was a tinkerer and always had something to do. He was a helpful 'Mr. Fix-It' to family and friends," said his wife of 30 years, the former Kathy J. Kauffman. "Most of all, he liked spending time with his kids."

Mr. Walker was a communicant of St. Bartholomew Roman Catholic Church, 2930 Hanover Pike, Manchester, where a Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 11 a.m. Friday.

In addition to his wife, Mr. Walker is survived by his two sons, Adam Walker and Nathan Walker, both of Hampstead; a daughter, Paula Berg of Phoenix, Baltimore County; his parents, John Walker and Dolores Sipes Walker of Perry Hall; a brother, John Walker III of Bel Air; two sisters, Nancy Hutschenreuter of Glen Arm and Susan Walker of Perry Hall; two granddaughters; and a great-grandson.

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