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William Frederick “Ricky” Walker

William Frederick “Ricky” Walker

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September 28, 1984 – October 27, 2013

Walker, William “Ricky” Frederick, III

Age 29, suddenly on Sunday, October 27, 2013, of Baldwin.

Cherished and loving son and light of our lives of William “Rick” F., Jr. and Marie (Barrett) Walker; beloved grandson of the late Michael and Mary Barrett and Madeline and Fred Walker; cherished nephew of Michael and Teresa Barrett, James Barrett, John Barrett, Kathleen and Shaun Dowd and Chris and Tom Pifer; loving cousin of Jennifer, Tommy, Tracy, Michael, Kevin, Connor and Garrett; dear friend of the Buzzelli Family who treated him like a son and brother. He was a graduate of Central Catholic High School, Duquesne University and was employed by Elan Financial Services.  Ricky will be deeply missed by his family, his numerous friends, and his employer.  Friends will be received at the John F. Slater Funeral Home, Inc., 412-881-4100, 4201 Brownsville Road, Brentwood 15227, Thursday and Friday from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m.  Funeral Prayer on Saturday morning at 9:00.  Mass of Christian Burial in St. Elizabeth of Hungary Church at 10:00 a.m.

A scholarship fund is in the process of being established at Central Catholic High School in Ricky’s name to honor this young man.  We will have final deails in a few weeks, if you would be interested in participatng in any way, please leave your name, address and email address or phone number in the condolence section.  We will reach out to you as soon as details are available.

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  1. Joanna Chui

    Ricky was really a pleasure to work with. He was kind, humorous and supportive. I like to say he was a friend outside of work too. The news of his passing truly struck me deeply. I am very sorry for the loss of such a good person.

  2. Patrice Collins

    My deepest sympathies to the family and friends of Ricky; my prayers and thoughts are with you during this most difficult time. Though I didn’t know him as well as so many, I will miss his bright presence and making him americanos in the morning. Please hold onto your cherished memories, as they will help carry you through this dark time.

  3. Todd and Sally Moore

    Words can not even begin to express the sorry that we feel for the entire Walker family. Your loss has been in our thoughts and prayers

  4. Lee Hicks, Sr

    Condolences to the family. May God Bless you and keep you.

  5. Ann Ciotoli Soroka

    Marie and Rick~ I am so deeply sorry for the untimely passing of your son Ricky. I am praying for you and your family during this most difficult time.
    Ann Ciotoli Soroka (sister of Mary Pine)

  6. Irene Ferrainolo

    My deepest sympathy to you, Rick and Marie, on the loss of your precious son.

  7. jeff hocker

    My heart reaches out to you in this time if grief. May God’s love envelope you and bring you peace.

  8. Laura Stokes

    I am so deeply sorry for your loss. Your family is in my thoughts and prayers.

  9. Frank Flynn

    Walker family, I am very very sorry to hear about Ricky. I had the pleasure of working with him for a short time, and he was very kind and sincere person, and I liked him very much. I was glad to know him.I will pray for him and your family in this very troubleing time, please take care!

  10. Mark Floyd

    I loved working with Ricky. He always had such a common sense approach to everything. Somewhat of a gun slinger and against the grain of “the machine”. But knew how to get things done and make people happy. Loved his approach to life! My heart goes out to the family.

  11. Sue (Herb) Stepchuk

    Marie and Rick, I don’t know what to say, this is just so tragic. Please know that you have my heartfelt sympathy, my thoughts and prayers are with you. “Sometimes you love someone for a moment, sometimes you love someone for a lifetime, sometimes a moment is a lifetime”. Hold your memories close, Ricky will be in your hearts forever.

  12. diana barhorst

    Dear Family and Friends of Ricky

    I can not tell you how much I will miss Ricky. He always had on his instant message “Ready for Spaghetti”. I even sent him a gift card so he could have an Italian dinner for ALL that he did for us and our clients. Ricky was a wonderful person; very passionate about his job; loved his work and clients; and was so so respectful.

    GOD Bless all of you. My sincere sympathy.

  13. Roy Turkalj

    No words can express the feeling of loss you, your family, and many friends of Ricky are experiencing. I only hope that our prayers for you, Ricky and everyone touched by him are some small comfort in this sorrowful time in our lives.

    My prayers are with you.


  14. Thomas Rowland

    My deepest condolences to all his family and friends. Ricky was a great guy to work with, or even to just have a conversation with.

    He will truly be missed.

  15. Jonathon L Watkins

    Ricky will be missed greatly; he always brought smiles to everyone in the lab and was a pleasure to work with. My deepest sympathies to the family and friends of Ricky.

  16. Willie King

    Ricky was a good friend. I enjoyed talking basketball and sports with him, he will be missed. I offer my condolences and prayers to his family.

  17. Martha Hedrick and Famiily

    Marie and Rick –
    We are so sorry for your loss. Ricky was not only very, very bright, he was funny and kind and a great person to be around. I would search him out on my trips to Pittsburgh just to say. You are both in our hearts and thoughts.
    With love,

  18. Willie King

    My heart and prayers go out to the family, Ricky will be missed. I enjoyed talking sports with him, basketball in particular (He was a Warriors fan). Ricky was a good friend and a great person.

  19. Vesta Manson

    I will miss Ricky saying hello to me as our paths cross in the kitchen at work. I really enjoyed working with Ricky. He was a fun and freindly young man. May his family find peace in this tragic time. My love and prays go to you.

  20. Charles Young

    Ricky was one of the first people that I met when I began working in the Elan Lab. I always enjoyed my conversations with him and he always made me laugh no matter how bad my day was going. I am going to miss him providing my stress relief. May God give his family the strength to endure.

  21. Harry Lee

    Ricky was a great co worker and a great Friend, I will miss him. My prays go out to his Family. God Bless you Ricky you are now a star in heaven. Be at peace my friend.

  22. Susan Schreckengost

    There are no words that can express the sorrow felt for you at losing, Ricky. I will be keeping your family in my thoughts and prayers to find peace.

  23. Rebecca Moore

    Marie and Rick, our hearts are breaking for you both. Seemed like just yesterday he was finishing high school and then wow he was a young man in his way to great things. We live you guys and you will remain in our thoughts and prayers during such a difficult time.

  24. Chris and Patty DiCarlo

    We are deeply sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers our with you. May you try to find comfort in his memory and in God’s love.

  25. Craig Funkhouser

    Ricky will be greatly missed by all of the many friends he has made at USBank. I will always remember the sports conversations we’ve had over the years and his strong desire to succeed at his job. My thoughts and prayers go out to the entire Walker family. May God bless during this difficult time.

  26. Steve and Grace Sherman

    Marie and Rick, We are so saddened by the loss of Ricky. We will always remember his great personality and what a true and genuine friend he was to Alex and our whole family. We will pray for him and for your entire family at this very difficult time.
    Steve, Grace and Family

  27. Marc Loniero

    Marie and Family, you are all in my thoughts and prayers in your sudden tragic loss.

  28. Lori Lowman


    My heart is broken for you. I can’t imagine how difficult it is for you to carry such burden. My deepest condolences to you and your family. May God comfort you and give you strength. Please let me know if there’s anything I can do for you. You are in my prayers.

    Love, Lori

  29. Nick Mercurio

    I am in a loss of words. Marie and Rick our thoughts and prayers will be with you. Ricky my “Pisano”, we love and will miss you. God Bless !!

  30. Sherri Lewis

    Marie and Rick,

    May GOD surround you with his perfect peace… Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

  31. Shawn Schrecengost

    I am sorry for the your loss. Ricky was the type of guy to get along with everyone he encountered. He will truly be missed and was a great person to know and to work with.
    The Walkers will be in our thoughts and prayers.

  32. Allison Mercurio

    To Ricky’s friends and family,
    I am truly sorry for your loss.
    My thoughts and prayers are will all of you.
    May God help you find peace.

  33. Natalie Harmon

    Deepest sympathy for the loss of this amazing soul. He is making God and all the angels smile. We are all heartbroken. Our lives will not be the same without the warm smile and energy of Rick “aka Uncle Rick”. Prayers and Blessings, Mr. & Mrs. Harmon

    Ecclesiastes 3:4 “A time to weep, and a time to laugh, a time to mourn, and a time to dance”
    We will be dancing for you Rick. Love you.

  34. Jo Ann Ducouer

    Marie & Family,

    My thoughts and prayers are with you, you have my deepest sympathy. May God be with you in this most difficult time and have the faith that Ricky is in Heaven. You are in my thoughts and prayers! God Bless you.

  35. Eddie Yakelis

    I am sorry for your loss. Ricky was a pleasure to work with an was an amazing person. My thoughts and prays are with him and his family. God bless.

  36. Holly Tschannen

    No words can help ease the loss we bear. Ricky was such an amazing individual and I am blessed to have had a friend like him in my life. He had such a kind heart and always found a way to make me smile, even on my worst day. He will be so greatly missed not only by me but by the many people whose lives he touched. My thoughts and prayers are with you Marie and Rick, may God guide you through this difficult time.

  37. Kevin Metcalfe

    My thoughts and prayer are with Ricky’s family and friends. May Ricky rest in peace. You’ll never be forgotten, Brother.

  38. linda buches

    my heartfelt sorrow goes out to mr. & mrs. Walker, and family.

  39. Nancy & Rick Heckmann

    Rick and Marie
    We are so sorry to hear of the loss of your son. Please know you are in our thoughts and prayers.

    The Heckmann Family
    Rick, Nancy, Dana, Mark & Grant

  40. Mary Pine

    Marie and Rick,
    We are heartbroken to hear about Ricky. We know what a special place he held in your hearts and lives. May your memories and God’s love and peace comfort you today and always.
    With love and prayers,
    Doug and Mary Pine and family

  41. Joe and Lynda Fularz

    To the Walker and Pifer Families,
    Our deepest sympathy and prayers to all your family. Words alone can’t express how deeply we are sadden by the passing of your son, nephew, and cousin …Ricky. I know you will always treasure and carry the beautiful memories each of you had with your loved one. Those times will help you through this very sorrowful and difficult time. Ricky will always be with all of you every day as you carry him in your hearts.
    Our Love and Prayers, The Fularz Family

  42. Paula S Evans

    Marie and Rick, There are no words to express the sorrow I feel for your loss. Ricky was such a sweet guy. I so enjoyed working with him and getting to know him better. He always had a smile and freindly greeting. He will be greatly missed. I am keeping you and the rest of your family in my thoughts and prayers. May God give you strength and comfort. Your friend,Paula

  43. Jaime Titus

    Marie and Rick,
    My deepest sympathy goes out to you and your family. My thoughts and prayers are with you during this most difficult time. Ricky was an amazing person who always added a bright spot to my day. He will be greatly missed by all the lives he’s touched. I pray that you find the strength to get through this difficult time.
    Love, Jaime

  44. Andrea Schneider

    Marie and Rick, I am deeply saddened by your loss and everyone’s loss. Ricky had a great, dry and deadpan sense of humor that I absolutley loved. The world will be less interesting without him.

  45. Monica Kelly

    My deepest sympathies to the family and friends of Ricky,

    I will miss working with Ricky. He was great, a pleasure to work with and always got the job done! He will be missed by the whole TransFund group. Our thoughts and prayers are with you, Marie and Rick. May God surround you with his ever lasting love.

  46. Anne Buzzelli

    I didn’t know Ricky that well but he’s made a big impression on me on many Christmas Eves at my Uncle & Aunt’s house. He always wore a smile and laughed very easily, which made the holiday celebration all the more festive! My heart goes out to the Walker family for their tragic loss, the Buzzelli family of whom Ricky was very much a member and all the other people whose lives were touched by Ricky.

  47. Janet Bush

    Rick and Marie,
    My heart aches for you as you begin a new, lonely journey in your lives. Let the love of your families and friends embrace and lift you up — you are not alone. There are many around you sending love and energy to sustain you when you are hurting. Breathe – feel our arms around you trying to ease your pain. Be good to yourselves; make the time to sleep ant eat. You are so loved, Rick and Marie!. Ricky is dearly loved. And Ricky dearly loved you, too.

    I promise the time will come when you discover the big, empty whole in your heart that takes your breathe every time you think of Ricky ISN’T empty after all. Ricky is still with you, still in your heart, still in my heart, too. I loved watching Ricky grow up. I loved seeing the love of Rick, Marie and Ricky celebrating the New Year at the Sirockman parties. Please, it would be at all helpful to talk with Gene and me, we would love to reassure you, you can get through this week, and the next. You will find your true angels hovering in the background, giving you peace.

  48. Tom Scott

    I played BWAA little league baseball with Ricky. He was always striking me out with his curveball. He was a great kid to be around. Our lives have taken us in different directions since then, so I have not had the pleasure of knowing Ricky that well in recent years. However, ever since hearing the sad news about his passing, I have not been able to stop thinking about him. My deepest thoughts and prayers are with you and your family Ricky. God bless.

  49. Luke Parker

    My prayers go out to the whole Walker Family…. It was a pleasure to know Rick in grade school, high school, college, and after around Pittsburgh.. They don’t make em like Ricky these days and my man brought a smile to my face every time I saw him.. I will miss the GQ teddy bear and know that my brother got a secret chaw waiting for him up there that he would always ask me for every time I saw him……. My man..

  50. Heidi Anderson

    I had the pleasure of working with Ricky while at the TSSC. Ricky and his mom Marie were always helpful and kind souls. My prayers are with the Walker Family and especially with Ricky’s parents. There just isn’t words……..

  51. Alice

    My sincere condolences to Marie and William, it is hard enough to try to put into words the emotions you are dealing with right now. True comfort can only be found by knowing the true Creator. Knowing that He hates death: he even views it as an enemy.(1 Corinthian 15:26) He has “a yearning” to conquer that enemy, to undo death by means of the resurrection. He longs to bring back those who are in his memory and to see them live on earth again-Job 14:14,15. And for the mean time“ He heals the brokenhearted; He binds up their wounds.”(Psalms 147:3). So trust that He can comfort you.

  52. Michelle Buzzelli

    The Walkers have been a staple Christmas Eve family at my Aunt and Uncle’s for as long as I can remember. Ricky and this family are family, and we wouldn’t have it any other way. My thoughts and prayers are with all during this very difficult time.

  53. Rosanna Costa

    Words cannot express how shocked and so deeply saddened I am by this tragedy. My heart goes out to Marie and Rick and really, anyone who knew Ricky. He was such a great guy who will truly be missed.

  54. Jan Young

    My son Jim was in BWAA with Ricky. I remember Ricky as a really nice young man who was a great friend & someone you knew would continue to be a great adult. My condolences to his parents & friends.

  55. Garrett Breisinger

    My prayers and deepest condolences go out to the family and friends. Rick was a great guy and will surely be missed by many. May he rest in peace with God.

  56. Glenn Lechner

    Marie and Rick – There are no words to say at this time of sadness. You as parents should be so proud of the person and man Ricky turned out to be. He touched so many of us. He was one of a kind and so many of us are grateful to have know him. He will be forever missed but never forgotten. As you can see from all the responses from all the people that care so much, you guys do not have to go through this alone. We your friends will be right by your side helping you get through this. We will miss you Ricky!!!!

  57. Eric Thrasher

    I had the pleasure to work with Rick in MDOS/Installations, always a pleasant person. He will be missed. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family. With Deepest Sympathy.

  58. Lindsay Nix

    Mr. And mrs. Walker
    Rick was one of my brothers best friend, I loved him a brother, he was always there for me when I needed someone to talk to. Every time I would see him, he would tell me “put a smile on your face, your too pretty to be frowning”. You guys raised one of the most gentle, fun, and loving person I know. I am severely heartbroken, I lost a brother I always thought I would have. I’m so sorry for your loss.

  59. Mike Komondor

    Marie & Rick,

    I just red through the 40 or so condolence above and it brought tears to me eyes. My heartfelt sympathy to you and your family. What a great loss. May God Bless You and Your family. Ricky will be dearly missed. May He Rest In Peace!!

  60. Jeff Byrd

    Rick and Marie, my prayers are with you and your family at this moment. Ricky was an amazing individual that was adored by many.

  61. Emily Slack

    Marie and Rick, words can’t express the sorrow I feel for you both right now. Ricky was a great guy, always willing to help, and never lost his patience with those who needed his help. He will be truly missed, and I say a prayer for you two every day.

  62. Sarah Hartten

    Marie & Rick,

    My deepest, most heartfelt sympathy to you both. Ricky was a wonderful friend, and I will truly miss him. Please find peace in knowing that he has found his final resting place among god and his beloved grandmother.

    Love always,

  63. Greg Runco

    Ricky was so awesome to be around we’re all going to miss him so much. I have so many amazing memories with him, talking sports, goofing around, crushing the dance floor.. he always made everyone around him so happy. I remember the last wedding we were at, he was making so many people laugh, from old ladies to little kids. He was an absolutely incredible person. I love you Ricky. Mr. and Mrs. Walker, you raised one of the greatest human beings I have ever had the pleasure of knowing, he touched so many lives and his memory will live with us forever.

  64. Katie Sullivan

    Marie and Rick, you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. I am very sorry for your loss. Ricky was an all around great person, always willing to help with an issue and quipped with a line to make you laugh while doing so. I feel very fortunate to have known him.


  65. George and Diane Clark

    Marie and Rick,
    Our hearts are breaking for you. There is nothing that we can say or do at this time that will make it easier for you. Please know that we are thinking of you both and remember that God never gives you more than you can handle….but don’t you wish that HE didn’t trust you so much.
    George and Diane Clark

  66. Selene Thomas

    Marie and Rick

    My deepest sympathies to the family. So sorry for your loss

  67. Nancy Green

    My Jesus guide you and give you the Peace only He can provide.

  68. Timmy Ward

    Mr. Walker, we love you. Ryan, Zach, and I will be at the funeral on Saturday. I never heard Ricky say a bad word about anyone, and I never heard anyone say a bad word about him.

  69. MeChele Johnson/TX

    To the Family,

    Ricky was a beautiful person. You will be missed my beautiful brother!!


    MeChele J

  70. Jackie MacDonald

    I am so sorry to hear that Ricky passed away. Even though I never met him in person I had worked with him for appx. 7 years thru Elan. He was always willing to go the extra mile to help us out. You could always count on Ricky. My thoughts and prayers are with your family. God Bless.
    Jackie MacDonald

  71. Erik Degelman

    I was lucky enough to have Rick Sr. for a teacher and a mentor all 4 of my years at Central. I remember how he always used to tell us about Ricky and how proud of him they were. I was also lucky enough to have Ricky as an intern at Alcoa. He worked hard and he was always up for clowning around. My company recently moved its office down to Station Square and I noticed Ricky in passing a few times, but I never got a chance to say hello. Rest in Peace Ricky. Thank you for all of your help.

  72. Damon Young

    Shocked and saddened to hear about this. Your family will be in my thoughts and prayers.

  73. stacey wehner

    RIP Ricky. You will be missed

  74. Kate Gurtner

    Marie & Rick,

    I just can’t find the words to express my sorrow at the loss of Ricky. I was just getting to know him better when he was taken away. My deepest sympathies to the entire family. You are in my thoughts and prayers. God Bless!

  75. Jonni and Tim Brashear

    Marie and Rick, our hearts go out to you. Rick was a great person and he will be grately missed. We are keeping you in our daily prayers. We are so sorry for your loss.

  76. Terry Morrow

    Please accept my deepest condolences for your family’s loss, Ricky was a great person to work with and I am blessed to have known him.

  77. Bob Anderson

    Dear Rick and entire Walker Family,
    My deepest & sincere condolences go out to you and your family during this time of need. The loss of any loved one is deeply tragic but the joy happiness and memories your son built with you and all those who knew him can never die. Take care and god bless….

  78. Dick and Evie Reynolds

    Rick and Marie,
    Words cannot even begin to express the deep sadness we have for you. You are in our thoughts daily. We pray for you and can only hope that in time you will be able to find peace in remembering all the wonderful memories of your time together.

  79. Kyle Murphy

    In instant messaging, his status commonly read, “Ready like Spaghetti!”…

    Coworkers can be frustrating at times. With that apprehension I introduced myself to Ricky in the manner of his status – “Spaghetti! I have a question for you!” My waiting was short lived. He replied friendly, humorously, and with cheerful assistance. A friendship grew and he’d address me in the language of my youth – “My man, can you do this for me?” “My man, what’s going on?” With every request, I’d gladly return the favor. I regret that I no longer have the opportunity to meet him face to face, to shake his hand, and to ask him the origins of his 70’s cool. I was stunned by his passing and saddened for your great loss. There’s a familiar saying: “For a man to have friends, he must first show himself friendly.”

    There is truth in those words, “My Man” Ricky had many friends.

  80. Don Rebel

    My deepest sympathies to both the Walker family and the Buzzelli family at this very sad time. Hopefully my prayers and those of others will begin to heal the real hurt that you guys feel. RIP Ricky!

  81. Kay Falkenhan

    Marie and Rick,
    As I stood in line at the funeral home, as I sat quietly near the back of St. E’s Church on Saturday, I realized just how many lives Ricky and the two of you have touched. In the rawness of your grief, I am not sure that is of any comfort but…as Father said…with time and perspective you may.
    He was deeply loved. You are deeply loved.
    Please let me know when the scholarship has been established; it is a fitting way to remember a very special young man.
    As someone who also lost a child…but who cannot begin to imagine your pain…know that time will dull this consuming pain, that you will always, always be his Mom and Dad…and…as Father also said…you will feel his presence when you need it. The bond is not broken.
    Kay Falkenhan

  82. Chris Cavendish

    Sincere Condolences to the Walkers. I didn’t know Ricky very well but have a fond memory with him.

    At central when we were freshmen, Ricky always asked the day after how the baseball games went and how did everyone do. I hadn’t had a hit in baseball yet after several games, but I had got on base by an error. The next day in class, Ricky had asked “did you get a hit yet?” I responded with a confirming “oh yeah” …but then he poked his way right through my answer! Clever guy. His next response was an encouraging “it’s a start! you’ll get it.” And the next game I did and couldn’t wait to tell him.

  83. Ted Bills

    I give you my deepest thoughts and sympathy. I am extremely sorry for your loss and my family and I will keep you, your family, and friends in our thoughts and prayers…

  84. Sheila Merry

    Oh, Marie, I am so, so profoundly sorry for your loss. Mimi Kennedy was kind enough to share the obituary. Please know that you and your family will be in all of our thoughts and prayers. It is clear from the notes here how very much you and he are loved. My very deepest sympathy.

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