WEARE - After nearly a four-year battle with ALS, Kevin Joseph Walsh, 56, of Weare, died Oct. 17, 2013, surrounded by his loving family.
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Born in Boston on Nov. 13, 1956, he was the son of George and Clare (Doherty) Walsh. He was educated in the Boston school system and earned a mechanical engineering degree from Wentworth Institute of Technology. Prior to his honorable discharge in 1979, he served in the U.S. Navy for five years as an engineman and toured much of the world with his lifelong friend, Dan Wall.
Most recently, Kevin spent 20 proud years working as a tugboat chief engineer for Moran Towing and Transportation out of New York harbor. Known by many as "The Chief," Kevin will be remembered for his attention to detail and inability to "cut corners."
When not at sea, he volunteered his time to many worthy causes including the Goffstown food pantry, the bookstore at St. Marie Church, and as a Eucharistic minister at the Catholic Medical Center. When he wasn't volunteering, he enjoyed tinkering, hunting, fishing and giving free billiard lessons at the American Legion Post 65.
Family members include his wife of 31 years, Catherine Ricardo of Weare; his son, Kevin C. Walsh and his companion, Keri Belanger, both of Weare; his mother, Clare Walsh of East Bridgewater, Mass.; his siblings, John Walsh and wife, Susan, of Pawtucket, R.I., Clare Condon and husband, Thomas, of Whitman, Mass., Elizabeth Valenti and husband, Brad, of Merrimack, Mary B. Seabury and husband, Thomas, of Hull, Mass.; his aunt, Mary Lowe of Hyde Park, Mass.; many nephews, nieces, and cousins.
services: Calling hours at Lambert Funeral Home & Crematory, 1799 Elm St., corner of North Street, Manchester, will be Sunday 4 to 8 p.m. A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated on Monday at 10 a.m. in St. Lawrence Church, 51 Main St., Goffstown. Committal prayers will follow in the N.H. State Veterans Cemetery, Boscawen, at 12:30 p.m.
Memorial contributions may be made in his memory to the New England Paralyzed Veterans of America (NEPVA), 1600 Providence Highway, Suite 143, Walpole, MA 02081
To send an online message of condolence, go to www.lambertfuneralhome.com.
Lambert Funeral Home
1799 Elm St
Manchester, NH 03104
Published in Union Leader on Oct. 19, 2013