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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.
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Ginger and Mrs. Walsh....I was so sad to hear of the death of Mark (Mary Hudgens)....although I never had the pleasure of knowing him, I certainly knew of him though you...what a wonderful person he certainly was. I know that you will cherish all the wonderful memories you have and will reflect for all times.
May you continue to be comforted by your many friends and family.
Please let me know where you are now as I have heard that you have relocated.

Jean Hart
Ft. Walton Bch.
December 22, 2012
Stevie, I was so sad to hear of Mark's passing. I will always remember the good times we had in the x-ray dept at the VA. God chose a special person to take home with him. Know that he was loved by all of us he worked with and had a hand in teaching us. My prayers and love. Pat Fields-Thornton RT R
Pat Fields-Thornton
March 21, 2012
My heart goes out to all of Mark's family. He was a long time close friend starting years ago working together at the VAMC. I will miss him dearly for so many reasons. The end of an era! Debbie Barthello (Vienna, VA)
March 19, 2012
It was an honor taking care of Mr Walsh. I really liked Him. God Bless and keep Him.
William Cassidy III
March 12, 2012
My deepest sympathies to Mark's family. He was such a great guy with the most beautiful smile!! In all the years I worked at the VA and knew him, he was always such a kind and gentle person. It was my pleasure to know him!!!
Gayle Whitley, Valdosta GA
Gayle Whitley
March 11, 2012
Mark kept a smile on his face and a twinkle in his eye. There will always be a special place in my heart for him. Stevie and family, you are in my prayers.
Michele Miskowski
March 11, 2012
Mark will be missed by all of all over the world. I know I'll miss him. Knowing Mark as I know Mark I know it's time for a party to celebrate his life. I'll always keep him in mind as that skinny red head who enjoyed life to the max.
Bob Griffin
March 10, 2012
My condolences to you, Stevie. I worked with Mark many years ago, and remember him as a really good person.
Carl Summers
March 10, 2012
Mark was always a great friend, My condolences to Stevie and his family. Mark and I shared many adventures as young men with our close circle of friends and he will be missed by all. Love and Aloha to a good man and a great friend, even though its been years since we have seen each other our times together will never be forgotten.
Bob Snyder
March 10, 2012
Miss. Stevie, Mr. Mark was always very funny and I will always remember him and treasure the gymnastics ornament and Silver Dollar he gave me.
Charlotte Olsen
March 10, 2012
Miss Stevie, Mr. Mark was a funny man. I will always treasure the Silver Dollar he gave me as well as the swim ornament you all gave me for Christmas. I will never forget him.
Emma Olsen
March 10, 2012
Miss Stevie, Mr. Mark was a nice man and he was fun. I loved him and will always treasure the (good luck)Silver Dollar he gave me for baseball.
Ross Olsen
March 10, 2012
Stevie, we are thinking about you and want you to know that we are with you in spirit. I want you to know that I always enjoyed visiting with Mark and especially loved the way he could get my Dad all riled up. I will miss that as I know my Dad will too. I am glad we were able to see you all at Christmas and have Christmas dinner together.
Jennifer Olsen
March 10, 2012
We have so many fond memories of Mark from visits to Gainesville. I really enjoyed seeing his incredible collection(s) (!) this last December, and spending the day at lunch and the movies was great fun. He was always very interesting to talk with, which is one of the greatest compliments I feel there is.
Christopher Olsen
March 10, 2012
Stevie and all of Mark's family – my thoughts and prayers are with you. I feel lucky to have known Mark. Some of his stories and antics still make me laugh - he enriched my life.
Bonnie Strickland
March 10, 2012
I knew Mark from the VA. Prayers to the Walsh family for the loss of Mark. May God grant them peace and comfort.
Diane Jasmin-Slattery
March 10, 2012
To the famliy and friends sorry for your loss. I knew Mark from the VA. He was always very quiet and plesant to talk to. We used to talk about fishing . He will surley be missed.
Roger Phillips
March 10, 2012
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