Walter F. Hickey, 79, of Binghamton passed away on Thursday, November 18, 2010 surrounded by his loving family and will be remembered as a loving husband, great father and grandpa. He was predeceased by his son, Michael J. Hickey in 1991; and his brother, Joseph and Marion Hickey; and sister, Rosemary ad Mark Middendorf. He is survived by his loving wife of 55 years, Joan Buckley Hickey; and their children, Rita M. and Gerald Ludwig, James E. Hickey and Albertina Porcari, Ellen R. and Robert Cohen, David R. and Tamie Hickey, Linda L. and Joseph Kotasek; 14 grandchildren, Kristen Molyneaux, Kelly and Matthew VaValle, Megan Ludwig, Emily Ludwig, DJ Molyneaux, Joseph Ludwig, Katie Molyneaux, Brandon, Melina, Janice, Connor Hickey, Dan Kotasek, Julie Kotasek, Michael Arpante; a brother, Raymond Hickey; and sister, Louise and William Darrow; many nieces, nephews and cousins; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Kathleen Perkins, Thomas and Cindy Buckley, Jerome and Ann Walker. He was a member of St. Thomas Aquinas Church, Binghamton and the Holy Name Society. Walt was a U.S. Air Force Veteran of the Korean War; member of the Ancient Order of the Hibernians; American Legion Post 1227 and N.A.R.F.E. He retired from the U.S. Postal Service in Binghamton after 33 years of service. Walt will always be remembered for his great sense of humor and quick wit. He never passed up an opportunity to kid, poke fun and laugh with anyone in his path. You know who you are! He will be remembered for his many "Waltisms" or "Sayings from the man." In our busy house full of six kids, 14 grandchildren and many friends, when asked about a gift he would like, his answer was always "PEACE AND QUIET!" A Funeral Mass will be offered at St. Thomas Aquinas Church, Binghamton, Monday at 1 p.m. Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery, Johnson City. The family will receive friends at the J.A.McCormack Sons Funeral Home, 141 Main Street, Binghamton Sunday from 1-4 p.m. In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy in memory of Walt may be made to St. Thomas Aquinas Church, 1 Aquinas St., Binghamton, NY 13905.
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Published in Binghamton Press & Sun-Bulletin from Nov. 20 to Nov. 22, 2010