Robert Joseph Walsh Jr. died on Friday, July 12, 2013.
Bobby attended Manchester public schools, graduating from Manchester High School in 1979. He went on to earn a bachelor's degree in criminal justice and a master's degree in special education from American International College in Springfield. As a special education teacher, Bobby found his calling, helping at-risk teenagers in alternative education settings. A gifted athlete, Bobby excelled in football, soccer, and track in both high school and college. He was Manchester High School's Athlete of the Year in 1979, holding many school records for years. He was also a proud member of the Alpha Sigma Delta fraternity at AIC. Bobby delighted in cooking for family and friends. He loved the outdoors, especially hiking in the woods, swimming at the water hole, fishing at the Hop Yard and Watch Hill, and enjoying family and friends around his fire pit. But his greatest accomplishment and joy was his three boys.
Bobby will be missed dearly by his beloved sons, Josef, Aidan, and Quinn; his devoted brother, Matthew, and his wife, Mary; his adoring sisters, Patricia Krassner, Katrine Rush, and her husband, David, Nancy Richardson, and her husband, Robert; his loving uncle, Stanley Talarski; and Aunt Rosemary Martin. Bobby will also be missed deeply by his nieces and nephews, Meaghan, Samantha, Benjamin, and Kathleen Walsh; Alexandra Krassner, Jonathan and Mathena Rush, and Sara and Michael Richardson; along with countless cousins and friends. Bobby was predeceased by his parents, Dr. Robert J. and Jennie T. Walsh; his godmother, Mary M. Boukus; and his godfather, Judge John F. Walsh.
A memorial Mass will be held for Bobby at 10 a.m. on Friday, July 19, 2013, at St. Bridget Church, 80 Main St., Manchester - bow ties optional - followed by a private burial at St. James Catholic Cemetery with immediate family only.
There are no calling hours.
Memorial donations may be made in Bobby's memory to the Robert J. Walsh Children's Educational Fund, c/o Melissa Lauretti, 768 N. Main St., Manchester, CT 06042.
For online condolences please visit
John F. Tierney Funeral Home
219 West Center Street
Manchester, CT 06040-4857
Published in Journal Inquirer from July 16 to July 20, 2013