- 56 years old
- Date of birth: Oct 30, 1957
- Date of passing: Jan 23, 2014
|Let the memory of stephen be with us forever|
"Stephen Terence Walker, or 'Steffan' as his mother liked to annoyingly call him, was born prematurely on the 30th October 1957, whilst parents Margaret (known as Bunty) and father Terry were visiting family in Southall, he apparently only weighed as much as a bag of sugar!
He was brought up alongside his older sister Julie, and younger brother and sister Karl and Christine around the Darlington area with his parents.
They all spent family holidays together along with his Nana Theresa at Hawes at a family owned house as well as visiting their Nana in London and Aunts Joan,Jean and Ena in their school holidays
Stephen originally trained as an electrician but after realising he was colour blind everyone joked he had probably wired half the town wrong!
He had many jobs when he was young, including being a fork lift truck driver, upon which his workmates wrote MadMax on as he was always speeding and taking corners on two wheels!
He met Susan in 1977 and they had a brief holiday romance before finally getting together in 1981, as they knew each other through friends and family in the village, before getting married in 1982 after asking Susans dad for permission, in St Peters church in Croft (where his daughter Caylee and son Christopher were later to be christened).
Susans parents Peter and Joyce became very close to Stephen, especially Peter, classing him as the son they never had. They would all spend every weekend together at a holiday caravan Peter and Joyce owned in Neasham, having BBQS and going fishing.
They started fertility treatment to have daughter Caylee Ann in 1987 and then moved to Bridlington when she was six weeks old where they lived with Peter and Joyce.They continued to visit family up North staying at Stephens Aunty Enas and Uncle Montys and eventually bought their own holiday caravan to stay at.
Stephen was convinced to apply for a sales postion at Skipsea Sands caravans after moving to Bridlington and thats where his career began.
They had son Christopher Andrew in 1990, but only just made it to the hospital as Stephen insisted he had to wash and style his hair before they set off!
Sadly both of Stephens parents passed away soon after which affected the family greatly.
When the kids were young they would all go to Mablethorpe for seaside holidays, before going further affield to Jersey and Tenerife, where his love of holidays began. They also woke the kids up one night to take them on a suprise trip to Disneyland Paris!
Stephen would help the kids with all the arts and crafts whilst growing up and they both have picked up their dads artistic and creative side, unfortunately Caylee also got his poor eyesight and grey, sorry 'silver' hair!!
Stephen was always very fashion conscious,wearing cowboy boots the first time he met his parents in law, he also had a pair of orange cord trousers which he loved and his use of hairspray could possibly be responsible for the hole in the ozone layer!
Stephen and Susan split in 1997 after drifting apart and he moved to a flat on the street behind the family home.Caylee and Christopher would visit weekly, with their dad buying a new James Bond video for them to watch each time together, and started going round more often as they were getting older.
Stephen used to take Christopher fishing in the mornings, whilst Caylee stayed in bed keeping warm! He would also take Caylee and a few friends to the local bar on a saturday night where there was an underage disco, luckily he kept his dance moves to himself!
Stephen always had a passion for cars, and Caylees friends used to take it in turns to get a lift to school with them in his 'super cool' cars, one of which had a carphone and a 5 disc CD player, and at that time the only people to have those things were the Queen and Batman! He would also drive around with all the windows down and the James Bond soundtrack blazing out, just because he could!
The only pets Stephen had were his fish, at one point having two piranhas, called foofoo and gnasher, after being bit by a friends dog when he was young which caused the small scar under his chin.
Stephen became a grandfather to Christophers son Cain in June 2012, but unfortunately they never met as sadly baby Cain passed away suddenly in the September."
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