Boston Fire Lieutenant Edward J. Jr., perished in a valiant effort fighting a fierce fire in Boston's Back Bay on March 26, 2014. A devoted and loving family man, he leaves behind his wife Kristen (George) Walsh and his three children; Dillon Edward, Morgan Kathleen, and Griffin William. Ed was the son of Joan (McAuliffe) Walsh late Lt. Edward J. Walsh, Sr. (Watertown F.D.) and He was the loving brother of Kathleen Malone and her husband Robert (Watertown FD) of Watertown, and Michael Walsh of Watertown. He was the son-in-law of Connie and Ron George of New Hampshire, brother-in-law of Ken and Judy George of New Hampshire, and Kathleen (George) and Dennis O'Neil of New Hampshire. Ed was loved by his nieces and nephews, Robert and Carolyn Malone, Christopher and Alyssa K. George, and Michael O'Neil. Ed was the nephew of Joseph and Susan McAuliffe of North Reading, Marie Walsh of Florida, James and Mary Jane of Georgia, Mary McCaffrey of Watertown, Thomas (Ret. Watertown FD) and Peggy Walsh of Watertown, and Robert Walsh of Georgia. He is pre-deceased by his grandparents William F. and Margaret L. (Morley) Walsh and Florence J. ""Mac"" and Marie McAuliffe, his uncle and Godfather John William McAuliffe, and his uncles Robert McCaffrey (Brookline FD) and Lt. William F. Walsh, III (Watertown FD). A second-generation firefighter, Ed leaves behind an extensive extended family, including cousins Capt. William Walsh, IV (Camp Pendleton FD), Kevin Walsh (Braintree FD), Capt. Thomas Walsh (Watertown FD), and Paul McCaffrey (Worcester FD).He was the cousin of Brian, Lauren, Kerin, and Timothy McAuliffe, Karen Buschini, Diane Fucci, Elaine Conley, Jennifer Payne, Jacqueline Young, Robert McCaffrey, Matthew McCaffrey, Margaret D'Entremont, Laura Gaspa, Joseph Walsh, and Andrew and Daniel Walsh. Ed married his wife Kristen in 2004 and loved her dearly. Together they started a beautiful family. Eddie adored his young family and as a devoted father, he was deeply involved in all of his children's activities. He loved watching the Patriots with his two sons Dillon and Griffin. Ed grew up spending his summers at Camp Roosevelt on Pleasant Lake, Island Falls, ME. He golfed and worked at the Va-Jo-Wa Golf Club. He was a part of the Island Falls extended family. His love of family and children extended even beyond his own as he consistently volunteered his time for the Brian McNeil Memorial Foundation, Lt. Paul J. Sullivan Scholarship Fund, Franciscan Children's Hospital, and others. In addition to his philanthropic efforts, Ed worked at the Oak Square YMCA as a facilities director. His selflessness was inspiring. Lovingly known as ""Edzo"" to his many, many friends, he found time to play softball, golf, and socialize with them, many of whom he has know since childhood and others who have grown dear to him. Ed had a second family with the Boston Fire Department. He loved the firefighters he worked alongside and found a home at Engine 33, Ladder 15.
He loved working out of the ""busy house"" on Boylston. Visiting hours in St. Patrick's Church, 212 Main Street, Watertown on Tuesday 3:00 P.M. – 8:00 P.M. A Funeral Mass will be concelebrated in St. Patrick's Church, Watertown on Wednesday at 10:30 A.M. Relatives and friends respectfully invited to attend. In lieu of flowers contributions to Lieutenant Walsh-Firefighter Kennedy Memorial Fund c/o Boston Firefighters Credit Union 60 Hallet Street, Dorchester, Ma. 02124 would be appreciated. www.stantonfuneralhome.com
Stanton Funeral Service
786 Mount Auburn Street
Watertown, MA 02472
Published in Boston Herald from Mar. 30 to Mar. 31, 2014