John B. Walsh

HADLEY - John B. (Jack) Walsh, of Hadley and South Dennis, passed away March 5, 2013, after a prolonged illness.

Jack was born and raised in Winthrop, the eldest son of the late John M.J. and Evelyn Walsh and graduate of Winthrop High School class of 1953. John received his bachelor's of arts degree in industrial management from University of Massachusetts class of 1957, Phi Mu Delta fraternity. He also earned a master's in business administration from Western New England College.

John taught at WNEC for seven years. He served in the U.S. Army Active Duty and Reserves from 1957 to 1963. After 30 years of employment and loyal service, Mr. Walsh was a 1995 retiree of the University of Massachusetts.

He is survived by his wife, Mary Whitworth Wing Walsh of Hadley and Farmington, Maine; his brother, Robert B. (Bob) Walsh of Winthrop; daughter, Pamela Jassal and husband Harvinder of Acton; son, Jeffrey and wife Melissa of Northampton and son Timothy and wife Nicole of Byfield. He was married for 40 years to the late, Helen V. Eaton Walsh, who died in February 1999. He is loved and missed by his eight grandchildren, Mollie Jassal, Jason, Michelle and Tyler Walsh, Rachel and Ian Ehlers and Hanna and Milia Wing. He is also survived by two great-grandchildren.

Mr. Walsh was Master of Ceremonies for Employee Appreciation Day on the UMass campus for many years. He is a Hadley Lions Club member and past King Lion, member of Five College Credit Union board of directors, member and officer of Massachusetts State Retirees board of directors and Hampshire County retirement board, Retired State, County and Municipal Employees Associations, volunteer constable with Amherst Police Department, Amherst Kiwanis Club, Hadley Little League Coach and M.C. for Hopkins Academy Athletic banquets.

One of Jack's proudest achievements was becoming an Eagle Scout. He was a communicant at the former St. John's Parish, Hadley, now Most Holy Redeemer Parish.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be Tuesday, March 12, at 10 a.m. in Most Holy Redeemer Church, Hadley. Burial will follow in St. Brigid's Cemetery, Hadley.

Calling hours will be Monday, March 11, from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Douglass Funeral Service, Amherst. Family, friends and fans are invited to attend.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Boston Boy Scouts, Boston Minuteman Council 227, 411 Unquity Road, Milton, MA 02186 or Food Bank of Western Massachusetts, P.O. Box 160, Hatfield, MA 01038.

Obituary and memorial register at www.douglassfuneral.com.

Funeral Home

Douglass Funeral Home
87 North Pleasant Street Amherst, MA 01002
(413) 253-3407

Published in Daily Hampshire Gazette on Mar. 8, 2013