MALONEY, Walter Jerome, 101 years old, of Richmond, formerly of New York and Washington, D.C., died Thursday, April 18, 2013, after a long, successful, and content life. Born and raised in New York City, Walter was the son of James and Margaret Maloney. He was preceded in death by his parents; older brother, Jim; sister-in-law, Katherine; younger brother, Leo; brother-in-law, Edward Reilly; and niece, Jane R. Bliley. He is survived by his sister, Margaret "Peg" Reilly of Richmond; nieces, Gail M. Walker, Clare M. Wilson (Steve), Jane Maloney, Christine R. Kelly (Michael), Barbara R. Beirne (Clark); and nephew, Ed Reilly (Kathy). Walter was a graduate of New York University with a degree in aeronautical engineering, held a law degree from St. John's University, and practiced patent law in Washington with the United States Patent and Trademark Office. He served in World War II in the European theatre as part of the 137th Infantry, earning a Purple Heart. He loved to tell the story about being appointed Burgermeister of a small town in Germany because he was the only one in his company who read and spoke German. Walter was an inveterate bachelor, enjoying his host of great-nieces and great-nephews on the East and the West Coasts. After retirement from law practice, he loved to travel, touring the United States in his trusty Winnebago, telling his youngest relatives that "the ladder on the side of the RV led up to the pool on the roof." Walter tallied up over 500,000 miles before the Winnebago engine finally gave out. He wasn't deterred, but simply moved to taking the train to Montreal in the summer, to Miami in the winter, stopping in Richmond in May to attend his sister's annual Derby Party where he served as the "bookmaker," and again in October to celebrate his birthday. At 98, a fall halted his travel plans, and he moved permanently to Richmond. He most recently resided at the Sitter & Barfoot Veterans Care Center. Walter Maloney was a man who, in spite of his academic and professional successes, lived his life very simply, listened carefully but said little, loved the written word, watched the stock market with great interest, and needed nothing in the way of material things to be happy. There will be a Memorial Mass celebrating his life at St. Edward the Confessor Catholic Church on Tuesday, April 23, at 10:30 a.m., with interment to follow in the Memorial Garden and Columbarium at the Church. Rev. Don Lemay will officiate. Special thanks to the administration and staff of Brandermill Woods Health Care Center and Sitter & Barfoot Veterans Care Center for their respective outstanding care and devotion.
This obituary was originally published in the Richmond Times-Dispatch.