DOVER — Walter Anthony Shyska Jr., 65<B>,</B> born June 1, 1946, passed away on May 31, 2012. He often referred to himself as the First Baby Boomer, since WWII ended exactly 9 months earlier on Sept.1, 1945.
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Walter lived his early years in Nashua, attending Palm St., Temple St. and Ledge St. schools. He attended Nashua High, Class of 1964, joined the U.S. Army in 1965 for three years, being assigned to NATO in the Netherlands, where he married Getrudis Lemmens in 1968. They were married for 25 years and divorced in 1993. Walter later married Mary Cavanaugh Ulinski of Dover in 2007 with whom he had been with since 1998.
Walter was the son of Walter A. Shyska Sr., who died in 1979 and his mother, Claire Ruby Bjorkman Shyska, who passed away in 2000. Walter had one brother, Robert, who died in 1970. He is survived by his stepson, Seth Ulinski of New York City, his stepdaughter and her husband, Britt Ulinski Schuman and Kirt Schuman; one sister, Janet Roy of Jacksonville, Fla., and her daughter, Michelle Roy of Bennington. He was also predeceased by his favorite person, his grandfather, Michael Shyska, who died in 1978 at the age of 91. Grandpa Mike helped raise Walter in his early years.
While attending UNH in 1972, Walter helped run the McGovern for President campaign in the N.H. Primary, the result of which propelled Senator McGovern to become the Democratic presidential candidate.
After graduation, Walter became employed by Gas Service Inc., in Nashua, which later merged with Manchester Gas and Concord Gas to become EnergyNorth. Walter was employed at EnergyNorth for 21 years, where he was responsible for customer billing and was promoted to Vice President for Customer Relations. His most significant accomplishment was the installation of a remote meter reading system for its 75,000 customers. This system was the largest investment ever made by EnergyNorth at the time.
In 1999, after EnergyNorth underwent mergers, Walter became employed by the N.H. Public Utilities Commission in the area of consumer assistance and was responsible for helping put in place a moratorium on shutoffs of electric customers during the winter.
Walter served as treasurer for the Rochester Runners Club of which he was a member for many years. An avid runner, he ran the Mt. Washington Road Race three times and the Boston Marathon three times. One of his favorite running activities was playing Santa Claus during the Rochester Runners Christmas Caroling Run with the Eagles from St. Charles Children's Home. Most recently he ran Boston in 2011 with a number earned through the Rochester Runner's. As a patient of multiple myeloma, a cancer of the blood, he also ran that race to raise funds for the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation.
He was a longtime Patriots fan and enjoyed going to UNH football games.
Walter loved his adopted cats, Jerry and Iris.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Cochecho Valley Humane Society or Wentworth Hospice both in Dover.
Visiting hours will be Sunday, June 3 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Tasker Funeral Home in Dover.
Funeral services will be on Monday, June 4 at 10 a.m. also at Tasker Funeral Home in Dover. The family will host a luncheon at St. John United Methodist Church in Dover from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Burial will follow at 2 p.m. at Woodlawn Cemetery in Nashua.
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Published in Fosters from June 1 to June 2, 2012