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AGE: 79 • Franklinville
Walter Washington, on May 27, 2014, of Franklinville, age 79.
You bound strong sandals on my feet, You gave me bread and wine, And sent me under sun and stars, For all the world was mine. Oh take the sandals off my feet, You know not what you do; For all my world is in your arms, My sun and stars are you. Hearts are dust, Hearts' Love remains; Hearts' Love will meet again.
On May 27, 2014, our beloved Walt was peacefully taken from his home and the arms of his loving and devoted Sweetheart wife, Janice.
Walt will be reunited with his predeceased family and friends; mother Lillian and father Samuel, brother Bill (USMC Ret) and wife Gloria, brother Donald and wife Rose Mary, first wife Dorris, Ed's wife Betty, brother-in-law Bob Shipley, Walt's so missed great niece Brittany, John Baitinger, Bill Crean, Bill Oakley, Sonny, Frank Briglia, Len T., Bill O'Reilly, Pea's Pat, Gerry L., Danny P., Rick Z., Mickey, mother Mary and George, and any deceased family members of people Walt met and most often remained in his life.
One word for Walt is charismatic. He liked everyone and everyone enjoyed him. Walt was raised in Runnemede. While brother Bill was serving his country in the Marine Corp, devoted brothers Walt and Don were beginning their custom home and commercial building business, "Washington Bros." They built and operated the Alpine Lounge until 2006, when Walt sold and retired. Many area businesses were built by Walt and Don including "Frannie Briggs" in the 70's for good friend Frank Briglia. Walt's "only" interests were diving on wrecks along the east coast and South America, hunting, any kind of fishing, golf for fun, going to Super Bowls, all boating and then he looked up in the sky and watched a small plane pass over and he was never happy on the ground again. After owning and flying a few airplanes Walt finally settled down with his mighty Cessna 180 Taildragger. It was his green and white beauty. "79X" went north, south, east and west, over to the out islands of the Bahamas which were his and his wife's favorite yearly adventures. The Cessna, Walt and Richie helped their buddy Junior build a home on South Andros, a huge undertaking that took about 11 years. Walt served in the USMC. He was a member of the Audubon- Parkside Masonic Lodge #218,F&AM. Walt was also a 32nd degree Shriner. He was also a member of the Deptford Elks Lodge 2708. Walt was a member and "beloved character" of the Atlantic City Hangar of the elite Quiet Birdmen. He also began boating as an original "Millcreeker" and then a "Two Miler" and lastly "Schooner Islander." Sitting on his boat was a summertime joy with all his fishing friends who loved him. He is the past president of the N.J.L.B Assoc.
Walt is survived by his "Sis" Janet Hitchens (Joey), his children Debby Weigand (Rick), Todd (Jill) and Kim and stepson Jerry Jr. He is also survived by grandsons Walter (namesake), Lee and Austin, granddaughters Sydney and Jaclyn. He was Grand Daddy to Bridgette and Brianna. He was Great Grand Daddy to Arianna. He was also Uncle, Great Uncle and Great Great Uncle to several nieces and nephews. Devoted and lifelong friend to Junior. Will be loved and missed always by his (buddy) Hunter and Parris.
Relatives and friends of the family are invited to attend a viewing on Monday from 1-3 PM followed by a service(s) at 3PM at the Danks-Hinski Funeral Home, 125 N. White Horse Pike at South Ave., Lindenwold. Interment private. In lieu of flowers donations in his honor may be made to Masonic Children's Hospital, Salvation Army, The Ronald McDonald House or a
. Condolences may be offered at www.dankshinskifuneralhome.com.
Danks-Hinski Funeral Home
White Horse Pike & Stone Rd. Lindenwold, NJ 08021
Published in Courier-Post on May 31, 2014