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Jeffrey Andrew Walker

Jeffrey Andrew WalkerJeffrey Andrew Walker died January 31, 2017, as a result of a very aggressive and debilitating form of cancer. He died at home in the loving care of his wife and son.

Jeff graduated from St. Ignatius High School Class of '74 iand s remembered by his classmates as a modest yet brilliant scholar-athlete. Jeff played varsity basketball; was highly ranked in his graduating class; an Illinois State Scholar; and won several State Latin Competitions. He earned a Bachelor of Arts from Harvard College ('78) and a Juris Doctorate degree from Boston University Law School ('81). For thirty-four years Jeff offered his legal talents to defend those most in need first in the State Appellate Defender's Office and then with the Cook County Public Defender's Office in the Felony Trial Division with his last assignment in the Legal Resources Division which represents indigents in post conviction matters and appellate cases.

On July 1, 1989 Jeff married Alma Learetta Tyson of Chicago, Illinois and through their union they were blessed with their son, Alexander Ryan born December 17, 1994. Jeff was preceded in death by his father, Walter Walker, a dedicated Chicago Public School teacher and Chicago Teacher's Union representative. He leaves to mourn his beloved wife of twenty- seven years, Learetta; their son, Alex, of whom he was most proud; his mother, Bette; brothers Michael and David and sister, Carolyn; brother-in-law Jonathan; sister-in- law Mattie Annetta, a niece and nephews, uncles, and a host of cousins, co-workers and lifelong friends and neighbors. Services have been held. 

Posted on March 20, 2017 by Mark S. Mathewson
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