Walt Chernokal passes at 80

Walter T. 'Walt' Chernokal, 80, prize-winning assignment photographer for the Delaware County Daily Times Newspaper of Chester, PA, died on June 9, 2004 when he collapsed while attending a race at Bridgeport Speedway in New Jersey. Chernokal was...

Walter T. 'Walt' Chernokal, 80, prize-winning assignment photographer for the Delaware County Daily Times Newspaper of Chester, PA, died on June 9, 2004 when he collapsed while attending a race at Bridgeport Speedway in New Jersey.

Chernokal was famous for his racing action photographs taken in the Northeast area. He was a regular columnist on racing for the Chester Times and the Area Auto Racing News. His work was also seen in the late Illustrated Speedway News and the National Speed Sport News. He was a good friend to all in racing and befriended many new journalists and photographers, unselfishly training his own replacements for the future.

He was devoted to youth and spent many hours with the Blackbird, Delaware micro midget club which introduced many youngsters to the sport of auto racing. Walt was also a founder and race official of the American Racing Association sprint car group in the fifties. He was in great demand as master of ceremonies at racing banquets because of his keen wit and depth of knowledge of the auto racing sport.

Walt lived most of his years modestly in a brick bungalow in Aston, PA. He was husband of the late Rose Elia Chernokal (1999), loving father of James Chernokal of Aston, Rosemary Wood of Aston and Ann Coleman of Limerick,PA, brother of Ann Townsend of Ogden, PA. He was survived by 2 grandchildren James Chernokal and Rosette Wood and 3 great-grandchildren. Visitation will be Sunday, June 13th, from 6 to 8 PM at the NOLAN-FIDALE FUNERAL HOME, 2316 Providence Ave., Chester, PA. Funeral Service and burial service will be private at Mount Hope Cemetery, Aston.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Bone Marrow Transplant Fund, c/o University of Penn Cancer Center, 1224 Penn Tower, 3400 Spruce St., Philadelphia, PA 19104 or any Young Drivers Midget Association.

-compiled sadly by Len Ashburn-

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