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Tributes to Tim Walker

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By Neal Cardin

His calm demeanor and gift for bringing people of different viewpoints together was instrumental in the fruition of so many of the successes we enjoy throughout Hardin County today. Tim passionately pursued expanding venues and opportunities to improve the quality of life for our community. From leading efforts to revitalize downtown Elizabethtown, to dramatically increasing recreational and tourism opportunities for our region, Mayor Walker was out front leading and promoting each and every endeavor. He was intensely committed to the economic development of Elizabethtown and Hardin County. ...

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  • He was always about the betterment, whether it was Elizabethtown, Hardin County or the state. — Marty Fulkerson
  • He was a good kid and he became a great man. — Edna Berger 
  • I have no doubt where Tim is at this time. I believe he is where we all aspire to be. ... The sorrow is for our loss, our city’s loss, the loss of a friend. — Michelle Hackett Shipp
  • He was a one-of-a-kind fella you could count on. — Tony Bishop
  • We are a lesser community without you. — Hollie Prater Sexton
  • He was an A-1 good person. — Tom Reynolds
  • I’ve lost a great friend, and Elizabethtown has lost a great leader in Tim Walker. — Gov. Steve Beshear  
  • He was working for tomorrow and the next decade. — Blake Proffitt 
  • He could have been mayor as long as he wanted to. — Steve Park 
  • Tim was always trying to find a way to say yes. — Marty Fulkerson 
  • I don’t think I’ve ever met a more caring person. — Blake Proffitt
  • (Tim Walker) made me proud to be a city employee. ... I am so very proud to call (him) my friend and my mayor. — Kim Huggins Bell 
  • He was loved by so many. No one ever had a bad thing to say about him ... and he never had a bad thing to say about anyone else. Those who knew him (which obviously are many) loved him. That should be the desire of us all — to share that same legacy. He was an awesome man. This community will not be the same. — Cindy Shelton Bailey 
  • Always a friend, always kind. Never forgotten. — Ladonna Riggs 
  • A good friend, great mayor of our city. Our community has been enriched because of Tim. — Larry Schmidt 
  • He always held his own. — Wendell Lawrence 
  • I just think he had that spirit ... that some individuals have that they just like to serve people. — Bill Bennett 
  • What I will always remember about Tim is how he always would make time to stop and talk to every one he knew. Tim was always good to the employees of the city and the citizens of Elizabethtown. My heart breaks for the Walker family and for the city. My thoughts and prayers will be with you all. We lost a great friend. — Dylan Todd Turner 
  • Tim Walker was a very loved man in the community. His legacy will surely continue. — Col. Bruce Jenkins 
  • His legacy is going to be his life, the friendships he built and the care and love he had for others. — Tony Bishop. 
  • Tim Walker was a fine man with a good heart. He loved Elizabethtown. Elizabethtown will sorely miss him. God bless Tim and all of his loved ones. May he rest in peace. — Steve Atcher 
  • There was no doubt, he always put people first before himself. — Kenny Lewis 
  • It can certainly be said Mayor Tim Walker was “one of a kind” – in the very best of ways. In addition to his love and devotion for his family, Mayor Walker loved Elizabethtown and Hardin County. His passion for improving our community was evident in every action he took and every issue he addressed.

Mayor Walker was a true friend to us all, a dedicated servant to our community, and a trusted colleague to those who served with him. He could always be counted on for sound advice, innovative ideas, practical solutions and negotiating the needed “give and take” ...

But most of all Tim Walker was a man of faith; and he lived his faith each and every day. We all have been blessed through the life Tim shared with us. Individually, and as a community, we have been enriched through his compassion, leadership and friendship.

While we all are mourning his loss, we can also take great comfort in celebrating his life, his service to God, his devotion to his family, his commitment to our community, and his example for all of us to emulate. — Hardin County Judge-Executive Harry L. Berry