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Walter R Hudson Jr.

TAMPA, Florida

Sep 25, 1927 – Jul 8, 2012


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Gonzalez Funeral Home Obituary

HUDSON, WALTER R, JR, born September 25, 1927, in Plant City, FL, passed away Sunday, July 8, 2012, in Tampa. Survivors include his wife Kathleen Cook Hudson; daughter Julie Hudson and her husband Rocky Ragsdale; sisters Sara Hildreth and Charlene Daniels.Having a love of aviation since...

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I remember Walter as the big man with the hearty laugh who lived across the street from my grandparents. I recall his daughter as the "older girl" who, at the time, when I was all of seven years old, I thought looked like a princess. Everyone called her Julie-B. Her father always used to tease me and make me laugh. He still did the last time I saw him when I was in my 30's. I deeply regret not having the opportunity for him to tease me again. Godspeed Mr. Hudson.

Mr. Hudson - I never had the opportunity to meet you, but I heard many stories about you over the years. You gave my step father Henry Lowenthal a love for flight that he passed along to me. Now I am a USMC Harrier pilot with over 2200 hours in the AV-8B, and I don't think I would have gone this route but for the influence you had on the man who raised me. Fair winds, Sir, and Following Seas!

Our deepest sympathy to the family. Walter was always a friend and very kind to my family. He was indeed a good person. Frank & Beverly Fraterrigo.

Our love and sympathy to family and friends on the passing of Mr. Walter.. He has left a hole where few will find it hard to fill. Please feel free to contact us for anything. Truly Bob Gibbons and Diane Schiller

I worked with Walter at TECO. I admired the fact he built an airplane. He was a good person.

Dear Kathleen,

Our love and sympathies go out to you and your family. We are so sorry for your loss.

Ashley Barton and Family

Our heartfelt sympathies are extended to the family and friends. May you find peace and comfort during this difficult time.

Staff of Gonzalez Funeral Home

Sad to hear this news. Thinking of you, Kathy.
With love, Bob and Susan