William "Bill" C. Walter
William “Bill” C. Walter

William “Bill” C. Walter, born May 13,1935 in Buffalo, New York to Mildred and William Walter, Sr., died peacefully in hospice surrounded by family and friends on Dec 2, 2015.

Bill’s passion was cycling. At age 16, he won Elgin to Chicago 50-mile Road Classic; at 55 won  1990 US National Champion in the Men 55-59 Sprint; in lifetime achieved over 300 medals/trophies.

Bill studied engineering at Purdue and U of Buffalo. His engineering career included rockets, geodesic domes, bulk storage tanks with Fluor and Jacobs, post-earthquake inspections, and two patents.

Bill arrived in California in 1987, in 1996 married Judy Jones and moved to San Clemente, becoming much loved Uncle Bill to 3 sons of Judy’s sister. He was a partner, friend, supporter of Judy’s career and activism.

Preceded in death: first wife Paula and son Richard. Surviving family: daughters Kathleen (Alexander) Gilchrist & Mary (Deno) Sfikas, and wife Judith Jones.

Bill worked hard, a strong cycling competitor, enjoyed comradery after racing, quick to raise a toast saying, “I love life!”­

More on Bill’s life and contributing in lieu of flowers at O’Connor Mortuary website www.oconnormortuary.com/obituaries/William-Walter-2/). Memorial Celebration will be 11 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 23, 2015. Email judyjones414@gmail.com for location and directions.

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