Richard P. Walsh Jr.
Walsh, Richard P. Jr. VOORHEESVILLE Richard P. Walsh Jr., 77, a kind gentleman, respected trial lawyer, and litigator, died peacefully at Albany Medical Center on Tuesday, April 13, 2021. He was the firstborn son of Richard P. and Angela Marchese Walsh. Dick graduated from Christian Brothers Academy, the College of the Holy Cross, and Georgetown Law School. He began his career at the Counsel's office at the N.Y.S. Department of Civil Service. Dick then went into private practice for a firm that specialized in negligence litigation and criminal defense where he worked for several years. This led to his decision to become an assistant D.A. in the office of then-Rensselaer County D.A., Con. G. (Gus) Cholakis. While he enjoyed criminal law, Dick also had a strong desire to practice labor law and to do trial work, so he went to work for Lombardi and Reinhard where he began his distinguished career in labor law by arguing many of the early decisions establishing the Taylor Law case while representing the Albany Permanent Professional Firefighters Association. Dick became a partner and head of the litigation and labor law department at Lombardi, Reinhard, Walsh & Harrison law firm, where he obtained numerous multimillion-dollar verdicts and settlements for injured clients. He specialized in representing labor clients including police and firefighters unions, teachers, plumbers and steamfitters, ironworkers and the International Union of Operating Engineers. He was counsel to the Colonie PBA for 35 years and Columbia Memorial Hospital for 25 years. Dick was recognized statewide as an expert in public sector labor law, lead counsel on the Springbok South African rugby team (which went all the way to the Supreme Court), an editor of many public sector labor law publications, and an expert commentator on WRGB Channel 6 on labor law issues. He taught numerous CLEs on litigation and labor law, and lectured on labor law at Cornell University, Albany Law School, and the N.Y.S. Bar Association. Dick was also on the Board of the N.Y.S. Trial Lawyers Association. Recently, Dick joined the firm of Whiteman, Osterman and Hanna LLP, of counsel. Dick was on the Alumni Regional Board of his beloved College of the Holy Cross for over 50 years, serving as president for several terms. He was an ardent member of the Holy Cross Scholarship committee, enthusiastically supported alumni events, and generously hosted all Holy Cross meetings in his law office board room. No meeting was complete without dinner, beverages, dessert, and his light-hearted sense of humor. Dick loved his family and was a trusted friend. His genuine concern for each individual attracted people to him on both a personal and professional level. The mutual love and respect he shared with his fiancee Barbara and her son Jacob over the years made them the strongest of family units. The bond he shared with his parents and brothers, Tony and CD, was the envy of everyone. Dick enjoyed his role as counselor, whether it be in the courtroom or with friends who sought his advice in casual conversation. A good listener, his honesty and humility made him easy to talk to and fun to be around. Dick was a long-time member of the Lake George Club where he enjoyed many memorable dinners with family and friends. He was also a member of the Albany Country Club where he was often seen on the tennis court or relaxing by the pool. During the Saratoga racing season, Dick could be seen at the "Walsh table" visiting with numerous friends who would stop by to say hello. In traditional Walsh family style, special occasions were celebrated at The Palm restaurant, always beginning with Dick's favorite, Shrimp Bruno. A devoted family man, Dick is survived by his fiancee Barbara Ardman, and her son Jacob Ardman of Voorheesville; his brother Anthony Walsh of Loudonville; his aunts, Jean Bufe and Regina Riel of Latham; his nephew, Matthew Walsh of Duxbury, Mass. and several cousins. He was predeceased by his brother Charles David "CD" Walsh. Relatives and friends are invited to visit with Richard's family on Sunday, April 18, from 3 to 7 p.m. at the McVeigh Funeral Home, 208 North Allen St., Albany. Please only enter the funeral home from the rear parking lot doorway; masks and social distancing are required; and 45 visitors at a time will be allowed in the funeral home. Funeral services on Monday, April 19, at 10 a.m. in St. Pius X Church, Loudonville, where his funeral Mass will be celebrated. Please only enter the church from the front doorway; masks and social distancing are required; church ambassadors will be available to help with seating and questions; and please attempt to arrive before 9:45 a.m. The funeral Mass may be viewed at The Rite of Committal will be held in St. Agnes Cemetery, Menands, immediately following the funeral Mass. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Richard P. Walsh, Jr. Memorial Scholarship Fund in care of the Holy Cross Club of Eastern New York Scholarship Fund, 33 Covington Ct., Schenectady, NY, 12309. To leave a message for the family please visit

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Published by Albany Times Union from Apr. 17 to Apr. 18, 2021.
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I was very saddened to hear of Dick's passing. Dick was a consummate gentleman with a great sense of humor. I gave Dick boxing lessons at the Guilderland Y. He was tough as they come and would always greet meet with a smile and a strong handshake. The world will be far less brighter without him. Sending my thoughts and prayers to his family.
Harrison Moss
April 24, 2021
Shocked and saddened by Dick´s passing. Enjoyed every moment I spent time with him. Always a pleasure to chat with him. I knew Dick as a highly regarded attorney yet I always thought of him as great person and someone I always enjoyed socializing with. My condolences to his family and close friends. He will be missed but will bring a smile to your face every time you think of him.
Gerald P. Leary
April 20, 2021
Dick was a great attorney. In the 50 years I had the pleasure of knowing him it was always fun when our paths crossed. He had a wonderful sense of humor. He was a true professional but above all else he was a kind and decent man who will be greatly missed. Heaven is richer for his presence.
Kevin Moss
April 20, 2021
Dick was a formidable adversary; always well prepared and with a wide variety of tactics. But he had class and was forever a gentleman. One of the best.
Carolyn B George
April 19, 2021
Dick was a fine man...always a good story, a laugh and wise counsel....Tony, I am so sorry for your loss. Gone From My Sight By Henry Van Dyke I am standing upon the seashore. A ship at my side spreads her white sails to the morning breeze and starts for the blue ocean. She is an object of beauty and strength. I stand and watch her until, at length, she hangs like a speck of white cloud just where the sea and sky come to mingle with each other. Then some at my side says: "There, she is gone!" "Gone where?" Gone from my sight. That is all. She is just as large in mast and hull and spar as she was when she left my side and she is just as able to bear her load of living freight to destined port. Her diminished size is in me, not in her. And just at that moment when someone at my side says: "There, she is gone!" there are other eyes watching her coming, and other voices ready to take up the glad shout: "Here she comes!" And that is dying... Rest in peace, Dick, you lightened the load for many and a cherished friend...
Mike Rinella
April 19, 2021
To all of Dick´s Family: I am very sorry for your loss.
Mike McNulty
April 18, 2021
Richard Walsh was one of those rare people who made you feel better simply by being in his presence. Sincere, kind, generous, smart, funny...he was the real deal. My heart hurts today. God truly blessed and will continue to bless the Walsh clan....
April 18, 2021
We shared a lot of good memories and laughter together
Harlan and Helen Harrison
April 17, 2021
CD, so sorry to hear of the loss of your big brother and great friend of mine for 67 years. So many good memories of the Walsh family during the years of Armory Little League. The last time I had seen your Mom, Rich, Tony, and you was at Saratoga Race Track. You guys were so excited to see me that you and Tony smile and mention the great hits of those games. I can't believe that beside your Mom, that Tony and now Rich are gone.My heart and prayers are with you. RIP MY GOOD FRIEND RICH.
Bob Weaver
April 17, 2021
So many warm memories...Rest in peace, Richie.
rick Sherwin
April 17, 2021
I am saddened to hear of the pass of my good and great friend. Dick always greeted you with a ready smile. His quick wit made him a charming conversationalist. A host of friends will saying a prayer in his memory. My wife, Betsy and I will be leading the chorus.
Paul Sullivan
April 17, 2021
Barbara, Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time of loss.. Rest in peace Rich.
Mary Gay and Andy Wood
April 17, 2021
Tony, Barbara, and all of Dicks family and countless friends, I have no words. I am so incredibly sorry for your loss. Dick was always a gentleman, so funny and kind. I know he will be missed by many. Tony we lost touch but please know you're in my thoughts at this sad time. Love and peace.
Hannah Bunce
April 17, 2021
My dearest Tony -my heart is breaking for you -What a wonderful person Dick was! Always a big smile and welcoming presence-I will see you this summer
Janice Hewig
April 17, 2021