JOHN "JACK" FRANCIS WALSH CLEARWATER, Fla. / BURLINGTON, Vt. - John "Jack" Francis Walsh, died on Feb. 22, 2009, in Starr Farm Nursing Center after a brief illness. The son of Valentine and Marcella (Tully) Walsh, Jack was born on July 18, 1923, in New York City. Jack received a B.S. from Queens College, Long Island and a M.S. from Washington University, St. Louis, Mo. He was a veteran of World War II serving his country in Oakridge, Tenn. as a chemical engineer for the Manhattan Project. He attended special training at Ohio State University in atomic fusion in preparation for his military assignment. He was a chemist for Petrolite Corp. in Houston, Texas, before taking early retirement to take care of his parents in Clearwater, Fla. He lived in Clearwater for 30 years, before moving to Vermont to be near family: his brother Ed and niece Mary Ellen. Jack is survived by nieces and nephews, Edward Walsh, Needham, Mass., Mary Ellen Johnson, South Burlington, Christine Anderson, Great Falls, Mont., Christine Heady, Laveen, Ariz., Alicia Goodwin, Enfield, Conn., and Valentine Walsh of Windsor Locks, Conn.; eight grandnephews and five grandnieces. He was predeceased by two brothers, Edward V. Walsh, 2008, and Valentine Walsh, 2008. A Mass of Christian Burial will be at the convenience of the family. Thank you to The Converse Home for three delightful years and Starr Farm Nursing Center for the tireless care and devotion to nursing. Donations may be made to the hospice of one's choice.
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Published in The Burlington Free Press on Feb. 23, 2009