May 30, 1927 ~ January 15, 2023

Born in: Gillette, FL
Resided in: Oxford, CT

Calvin L. Walker entered into the arms of Jesus at the age of 95 at his home in Oxford Sunday evening, January 15, 2023, with his loving wife Carolyn of 65 years by his side. Cal was born May 30, 1927, in Gillette, Florida; son of the late Eunice and Annie (Hayman) Walker. Predeceased by 3 brothers, 1 sister, and his beloved daughter, Valerie Smith. In addition to his wife, he leaves behind his two sons, Alan (Kirsten) Walker and Brian (Janet) Walker, and son-in-law, Allen Smith; 7 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren. Calvin was a WWII Veteran and served in the Army Air Force as a traffic controller on the island of Kwajalein in the South Pacific. He spent over 40 years conducting and owning the Dale Carnegie Training business in both FL and CT. He received numerous awards for his accomplishments as he trained thousands of people to grow and reach their full potential. Many of them still talk about the impact he made on their lives today. He was also active in his community through the Chamber of Commerce, Rotary Club, and other civic organizations. He was a member of Trinity Evangelical Free Church in Woodbridge for 48 years in various leadership roles. Cal made an impact on everyone he encountered with his demeanor, his wisdom and his sense of humor. He is loved and will be greatly missed.
Relatives and friends may visit from 4-7 p.m. on Monday, January 23rd at Beecher & Bennett, 2300 Whitney Avenue, Hamden, and are invited to attend his Burial with Military Honors on Tuesday at 12 p.m. at the CT State Veterans Cemetery, 317 Bow Lane, Middletown. A Memorial Service and reception will follow at 2 p.m. at The Trinity Church, 33 Center Road, Woodbridge. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to The Trinity Church at trinityefc.com to be used in the education and training of young people.

Services

Visitation: January 23, 2023 4:00 - 7:00 pm

Beecher & Bennett Funeral Service - Hamden
2300 Whitney Avenue
Hamden, CT 06518

203-288-0800

Graveside Service: January 24, 2023 12:00 pm

CT State Veterans Cemetery
317 Bow Lane
Middletown, CT 06457

860-721-5838

Memorial Service: January 24, 2023 2:00 pm

Trinity Evangelical Free Church
33 Center Road
Woodbridge, CT 06525


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  1. He was a special man. I first met him while working at Dun and Bradstreet in Jacksonville. He first met my sister, Carolyn, when she went to work there for the summer while off from college. He immediately saw a beautiful girl and was attracted to her. Can’t remember the details but it ended up with a long term marriage. He will be greatly missed with his smile and sense of humor. He was a true friend to many.

  2. Uncle Calvin – you were one of a kind. ❤️ So thankful for your help in the flower shop all those years, your help with the Dale Carnegie classes and your endless advice and encouragement. You will be missed by all, but I know you are celebrating in heaven with Valerie. Love you always, Karla and Ron

  3. Ms. Carolyn and family. I’m so sorry for your loss. Mr. Calvin will be greatly missed by so many family and friends. He was a wonderful man and could always make us laugh. You are all in our thoughts and prayers. We love you and miss you!
    Love always, Danny and Meri Lynn Gwinn

  4. Cal, you will always be remembered as a pillar at Trinity Evangelical Church in Woodbridge. You always had a smile and a word of encouragement to all. Your fun spirit brought joy to many. I’ll never forget the video of you skydiving when most men couldn’t get out of their recliner at that age. Looking forward to seeing you again when we all walk the streets of gold. Peace and comfort to Carolyn and your family. RIP in the arms of Jesus.

  5. Cal, you’ve had an extraordinary life! Your smile and twinkle in your eye shines bright and is a beacon of hope to us all. A good soul has gone to Heaven. You will be missed by many. We’ll never forget your strength and character. One in a million. Sleep with the angels dear friend.

  6. What a wonderful family. He was such a kind gentleman. I remember him from church years ago. He is at peace with his Savior. So very sorry to you all for your loss. Deb Frost Markiewicz

  7. Cal and Carolyn began attending Trinity in late 1975 shortly after I became Trinity’s Pastor. During the next 12 and 1/2 years, he became a close friend and a faithful leader in our church as he served as an Elder/Deacon and as Church Chairman. My family and I also shared with Cal and his family many joyous times together in each other’s homes. After God led me to serve another Evangelical Free Church in Minnesota in 1988, we continued to stay connected as brothers in Christ. I will always be grateful that my wife Patty and I were able to FaceTime with him and Carolyn about two weeks before his homegoing.
    On Sunday evening, January 15, I am confident that he heard these words from his Lord….”Well done, good and faithful servant! Enter now into the joy of your Lord!”
    I am also confident that I will see him later!

    • Thanks for the memories. Just looked at the guest book this morning and saw your post. Yes, the facetime call was special.
      My love to you and Patty.

  8. Dear Carolyn and family,
    Larry and I extend our whole hearted sympathy at the passing of Cal. We know he is celebrating with Jesus in glory, but we will miss his smiling face and kind demeanor. We remember Cal as a pillar of Trinity Evangelical Free Church when we met back in 1991. We all have very fond memories of Cal, and so appreciated his insights and wisdom. Our sincerest condolences again, and if there’s anything we can do, please let us know. God bless you with His peace and comfort at this time.
    Catherine and Larry Walters and family

  9. Dear Carolyn & family:
    I am so sorry for your loss. As you know, I was fortunate enough to work with Cal & Carolyn selling and teaching the Dale Carnegie Course over a 10 1/2 year period. Cal always gave me great counsel on selling and presenting myself with our clients. He cared for people as people and I learned so much from him. Cal was also instrumental in getting me connected to Tom Crumb who gave me voice lessons. Working for Dale Carnegie with Cal and Carolyn was one of the best jobs I ever had. I received a copy of his obituary from my parents too late to be able to attend any of the services.

    • Good to hear from you, Sheila, and thanks for your kind words. Would have loved seeing you. It was a memorable service at Trinity.
      My love to you, Carolyn

  10. Carolyn and Brian, I was so sorry to learn of Cal’s passing. He was truly a great man in every aspect of his life and I count myself among those blessed to have learned so much from him during my time working at Dale Carnegie. The two years I spent working in Cal’s company provided me with life lessons and business acumen that I call upon regularly in more ways than I can count. I still quote him often and recall so many fond memories of how he engaged with people so freely, sincerely and with an aim to help.

    Lisa and I were on a trip to France last year celebrating our 30 year anniversary (grateful we met at Dale Carnegie) and we met a retired Dale Carnegie sponsor, Jerry Wilson from AK. We enjoyed reminiscing about Cal and Dale Carnegie, and in this way Cal will always be with so many people that he touched throughout his life.

    I am sorry I learned about Cal’s passing after his services, but your family remains in our prayers.

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