John Walters
1943 - 2020
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John Stephen Walters
December 25, 1943 - May 19, 2020
Passed on Tuesday May 19, 2020 peacefully at home with his beloved wife and dog beside him.

A native San Franciscan, John attended Lincoln High School, worked for the Public Works Department as a gardener, and was a 30-year veteran of the San Francisco Fire Department--retiring in 2002.

Born on Christmas Day to Thomas and Evelyn Walters, John was a lifelong resident of the Sunset District. Summers would find him with family among the redwoods by the Russian River at Odd Fellows Recreation Club.

He shared his contagious smile, razor sharp wit and zest for living life to the fullest every day. John had many friends and a large, loving family across his 76 years. His personality was almost as large as his heart!

John is survived by his loving wife Laura, his two daughters, a son and his six grandchildren. He will be deeply missed by all who had the pleasure to know and love him.

A memorial service will be held in John's honor once social gatherings of this type are permitted.

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Published in San Francisco Chronicle from May 23 to May 26, 2020.
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15 entries
June 5, 2020
JW, Big John.. always a grateful pleasure to work with and along side of John. Thank you for taking me under your wing and teaching me about life, people, good times, gardening an truck-work. Peace be with you.
Cliff Merrill
June 1, 2020
He was more than a friend. He was family. A huge void is left and impossible to fill. The Larsen's feel so fortunate that we were able to spend so many happy moments with you both over the years. Much love to you Laura and the kids and grandkids.
Suzie Larsen
May 31, 2020
I met John at a Native Sons of the Golden West St.Patrick's Day dinner through my brother Buz. When he heard that I had gone to Lincoln High School,we became instant friends.
R I P Mustang
Albert Orengo
May 30, 2020
John always had a larger-than-life personality. I worked with him at Station 14 and 18 in the early 90s. What a truckman! I would pay the city to work with guys like John. God bless Big John!
Chuck Farrugia (alias - the prince)
May 27, 2020
John was quality guy, that I always enjoyed
hanging out with. John and I would talk about our time at Lincoln High School (home of the Mustangs). Always a few laughs at the Union meetings. John had a great wit about him and he enjoyed being a member of the SFFD. RIP John.
Marty Mc Guinn
May 27, 2020
Loved John and working with him. Sharp wit, funny and always friendly. Very good fireman. Worked a lot of watches with John at Sta. 14 & 18 and many days at 22 when T-18 relocated during their station renovation. He was Foghorn Leghorn incarnate. Will miss you John. RIP.
Gary Gautier
May 26, 2020
He will be remembered by us as a charming, happy, gracious man. Many wonderful memories at Oddfellows!!
RIP John. ❤
Mike & Kristin Carruth
May 26, 2020
Another good guy, gone to soon.
May he forever, Rest In Peace....
Ron Morehen
May 26, 2020
The many years we worked together at Station 14 were always good days with John. Lots of great meals and fun and a great firefighter. I'm gonna miss you at our next 14 Lunch.
Bob Burrowes
May 25, 2020
Always enjoyed the times I worked with John, both West Mariners. Got to know him via WM Little League. Great smile great since of humor, just an all around good guy. RIP Brother John
John Beckerley
May 25, 2020
I met JW while unassigned at Sta.14. Another Sunset boy who loved to laugh. We became friends. He taught me to dive for abalone. He was good to my daughters when they were small. Just an all around good guy. Rest well JW
kevin callanan
May 24, 2020
I had the privilege of working with John at Station 14 in the SFFD for several years, before he moved to Station 18. He was a gentleman, a great firefighter, could always be depended upon when responding to an emergency, and did his best to make every 24 hour shift a pleasant one. For what more could a fellow firefighter ask? May he rest in peace.
Tom Doudiet
May 24, 2020

Thank you for your service to the SFFD and to the City.
We worked a few memorable shifts together at 18.
It was good running into you and catching up in March at Marcello's.
Rest in Peace John.
Joanne Hayes-White
May 24, 2020
I remember getting detailed to 18 and when you walked in and saw and John and heard his voice, you knew it was going to be a good day. God's Speed John!
Jim Connors
May 24, 2020
I worked with John for a few years. Infectious smile and laugh. Generous, kind and a good friend to all who knew him. He will be sorely missed by many.
Peter Schembri
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