WALSH, MARK MONROE
Mark Monroe Walsh passed away peacefully on Thursday, March 8, 2012, at the Malcolm Randall VA Hospital with his devoted wife, Stevie, at his side. He was born November 6, 1950, in St. Petersburg, Florida, to A.R. and Eunice Grant Walsh. He graduated from St. Petersburg High School, attended St. Petersburg Community College, Santa Fe Community College, Troy State University, and finished at the University of Florida. He served in the U.S. Army for 3 years where he trained in radiology and was employed at the Malcolm Randall VA Hospital as a Radiology Technologist for 33 years, retiring in 2003.
Mark was a remarkable person who touched and influenced the lives of those who knew him. He loved the outdoors and shared his knowledge and passion with others. He would use hunting as an excuse just to be out enjoying nature. He loved fishing, bird watching, sunrises and sunsets, and as a pilot, flying through the clouds. He became an avid collector and antiques hunter, which he liked to blame on his father-in-law. In recent years, he returned to his childhood passion of baseball, becoming a big fan of the Gators. He was known to many as "Mother Goose" in Dance Alive's! production of The Nutcracker, a part he loved playing for many years, as well as being a long serving volunteer backstage for both Dance Alive! and the Phillips Center for the Performing Arts.
Mark was a devoted and loving husband of almost 26 years to his wife Stephanie (Stevie) Tison Walsh. He was predeceased by his father A.R. Walsh, brother Craig Walsh, grandparents Mr. and Mrs. H.S. Grant and Mr. and Mrs. J. Walsh, and in-laws Mr. and Mrs. J.M. Tison, Jr. He is survived by his mother Eunice Walsh, sister Virginia Walsh, an extended family of relatives and friends, and by his loving dog, Lizzy.
A special thank you to all the loving and caring staff at the VA Hospital who had a part in his care.
A visitation for family and friends will be Monday, March 12, 2012, from 5-7 pm at Milam Funeral Home. Funeral services will be private. A celebration of his life will be held at a future date.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to Gainesville Pet Rescue, 5403 SW Archer Rd., Gainesville, FL 32608; Haven Hospice, 4200 NW 90th Blvd., Gainesville, FL 32606; or a charity of your choice
. MILAM FUNERAL AND CREMATION SERVICES, 311 S. MAIN ST., GAINESVILLE, FL 32601. 352-376-5361.
Published by Gainesville Sun from Mar. 10 to Mar. 12, 2012.