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Walter "Killer" Kowalski

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August 30, 2014
Thank you for sharing a part of your life with us.
June 04, 2013
To The Kowalski Family My Most Heartfelt Sympathies. Walter Killer Kowalski Was An Genuine Legend Of Professional Wrestling I am saddened To Have To Bid Him Farewell. Rest In Eternal Peace Walter Kowalski.
March 05, 2013
Truly one of great wrestler and trainer of all time. You gave so much to the profession and you never be forgotten. A claw hold for the ages. Prayers to the Kowalski family in the time of their loss
November 26, 2012
One of true wrestling hero. Made go around wanting to be a wrestling every body.
May 26, 2011
You were the best...You trained the best...RIP Killer!
September 24, 2009
Our thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of grief. May your memories bring you comfort.
January 14, 2009
My first memories of “Killer” Kowalski was seeing him at the later stages of his career, still as menacing as ever with his purple tights emblazoned with a yellow lightning bolt. The dastardly Kowalski was making life miserable for goodie-two-shoes opponents of the day like Pedro Morales. I was only a boy then (this was around 1982 or so), but even at such a young age, I knew that I was seeing someone who was among the best in their field.

As I reached my twenties (late-1990s), I enrolled in Kowalski’s professional wrestling school in Malden, Massachusetts. That’s where I was lucky enough to get to know Walter, the man behind the “Killer” persona. It was then that I realized how great a worker Walter really was. The real Walter Kowalski was nothing like the cruel, crazed “Killer” he portrayed so well for all those years in the ring.

Walter was as kind a human being as you could be lucky enough to have met. On countless occasions, young would-be wrestlers were unable to make payment for classes, or had other crisis-situations that young people with dreams and little else find themselves in all too often. Walter was always patient, understanding, and willing to work with his young students.

Walter was larger than life, yet had a genuine humbleness and treated everyone – from the top wrestlers on his cards to his brand-new guys – with respect and dignity. In a business run amok with conmen and hucksters, Walter Kowalski was a true class act and a stand-up guy. In the two years that I attended Kowalski’s school from 1998-2000, I never heard ONE bad thing said about him. His students loved him, respected him, and were honored to have a man of such vast wrestling knowledge as their instructor.

As I grew older, and I realized that a career in professional wrestling wasn’t in the cards for me, I fell out of touch with Walter and his school. I often thought about him though, and was delighted every time I saw his name in print or mentioned on television. Like all of us, I was heartbroken when I heard of his failing health.

That said, the true legacy of Walter Kowalski – at least for me – is this: I couldn’t fathom ANYTHING keeping him down for long. I honestly believed, as I’m sure many others believed, that Walter would eventually make a full recovery. In this – what would ultimately become his final battle – I assumed the ailment would suffer the same fate as Bruno Sammartino, Ed Carpentier, Yukon Eric, and the countless other wrestlers that felt the wrath of the mighty “Killer” Kowalski. In my mind, nothing – not old-age, not sickness, not ANYTHING – was stronger than The Killer.

Alas, Walter is gone, just as we all will be gone someday. But his legacy will live on forever in my heart, and in the hearts of the so many whose lives he touched. Thank you, Walter, for everything you’ve done in your career and – more importantly – in your life. There are hundreds of former students of yours who owe you far more than they could ever repay. You will never be forgotten.

Rest in Peace, Walter. You’ve certainly earned it.
September 12, 2008
Theresa I want you to know that my prayers are with you and Walters family, I will always have a place in my heart for walter. he was a good man he will be missed
September 11, 2008
Walter Killer Kowaski has been a part of my life for about 35 years. Starting at age 4 seeing my mother go nuts and watching her whip a cake mix she was working on hit the ceiling,as Walter was teaching Bruno a thing or two on TV.

At age 18, having him come into my restaurant asking me if I wanted to become a pro wrestler. At the time all I could do is LOL .
Then one day I walked into the boy's club in Boston. I walked up to the 5th floor gym to see the man that men feared. A man, who just by looking at him you needed to respect. Only to find out he was a gentle giant.

Walter took his students under his wing, as if they were his own kids. His teaching go's past the square circle. He was a man that any one would be honored to have as a father. He was loving but firm. He would be there for any one over and above the call of duty. And you always knew if he said something, know matter if you liked it or not. What he said was the truth.

Each one of his student has a little killer DNA . In my case not only did he make me an IWF champion he made me a better father, spouse and friend . He helped me with keeping the faith in myself, man kind and a higher power.

Walter ''Killer'' Kowalski you will be missed and never forgotten

LOVE , TRUST AND REPECT

Tubby Muffet
September 10, 2008
Among my fondest memories of Mr. Kowalski was a match I saw with my mother. He and Bruno Sammartino wrestled to a one hour draw at Pittsburgh Civic Arena.
God Bless

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