October 17, 2013 at 10:00 am EDT | by Joey DiGuglielmo
Obituary: Richard Walker
Richard Max Walker, Obituary, gay news, Washington Blade

Richard “Max” Walker

Richard “Max” Walker died on Sept. 22 at Holy Cross Hospital, from end stage liver disease, according to his friend, Wes Morrison. He was born on New Year’s Eve, 1963 in Bethesda, Md.

Walker grew up in Kensington, Md., and graduated at the top of his class from Walter Johnson High School in 1982. In high school, he interned at GEICO and worked there full-time after graduation. Max also attended Montgomery College.

Walker and his partner of seven years, Scutt Nuce, wed in October 2012. They lived together in Silver Spring, Md. It had been a dream of Walker’s to see same-sex marriage legalized. They enjoyed hosting clever parties and even nicknamed a wedding reception they had on May 11, the “Hello Spring and Wedding Thing.”

Walker used his artistic talents to launch his own company, Balloons by Max, several years ago. And he was a certified balloon artist. He was an avid animal lover, enjoyed photography and botany with his decades-old plants.

Walker worked in the film industry for a time in his 20s. He was a member of the Screen Actors Guild and had roles in movies such as “Running Man” and the TV series “Star Trek: the Next Generation.”

In addition to Nuce, Walker is survived by his mother, Joann Hazlbauer, sister Susie (both in Florida); a brother, Vince, of Columbia, Md.; an uncle, Roger; and cousin Sherry Wing.

A memorial gathering is planned for Saturday from 3-6:30 p.m. at the Fireplace (2161 P St., N.W.).

Joey DiGuglielmo is the Features Editor for the Washington Blade.

  • He was my Max, my friend. He will always be in my heart. I can never forget how we used to talk on the phone for 10hrs straight one of us snoring at times. He always used to joke "when I die, I want a sign that reads "he loved men" on my tomb!" Our elevator stories in NY can never be forgotten. You are still here for me. I still call you and listen to your voice message. You will never be forgotten. You have been loved! You always will be.

  • Max Walker (I called him Bubby, his childhood nickname) was the most colorful, social and gentle person I knew. He proclaimed himself my gay husband before the term became trendy. I am comforted to know he knew he had realized all his dreams – legally marrying his soulmate Scott, owning a creative balloon business that never felt like work, settling down & making a home with Scott, their creatures & Max’s jungle of plants. Max was the center of a galaxy of friends that extended far and wide, through decades. He had a special gift, effortlessly making everyone feel like his best friend. Bubby aka Max was my best friend since junior high school and his memories, the special times we shared, I will treasure for eternity. Goodbye my fabulous, loving, beautiful gay husband.

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