David E. "Dace" Walsh
FUNERAL HOME
Connor-Healy Funeral Home - Manchester
537 Union Street
Manchester, NH
David "Dace" E. Walsh, 57, of Manchester, NH, died September 17, 2021, after a long battle with depression.

Born in Manchester, NH on July 8, 1964, he was the son of the late Richard J. Walsh, Jr. and Rita (Kelly) Walsh. He was a lifelong resident of the Queen City.

David graduated from Manchester High School Central, Class of 1982.

He was employed with Saint Joseph Cemetery, for many years.

David was proud of his Irish heritage. He was an active member with the Ancient Order of Hibernians, Division 1, Manchester.

David was an avid New England sports fan, especially the Boston Red Sox and New Hampshire Fisher Cats. He enjoyed sports trivia and statistics. He was a voracious reader and was a talented historian. He volunteered his time with the New Horizon for NH Food Pantry.

His dealings with others were always characterized by integrity and kindness. David will be remembered for his quick wit, kind heart, compassion for others, and selfless ways. David's gift for remembering dates, holidays, and notable occasions was awe-inspiring. Wherever he would go he would always bring with him a thoughtful compliment, a smile on his face, and a twinkle in his Irish eyes. He was loved by all who had the pleasure of knowing him, as he left an indelible mark on every single life that he touched.

Family members include two sisters, Mary Anne Walsh and her husband, Albert Millus, Jr., of Binghamton, NY and Elizabeth Walsh-Hartofelis and her husband, Chris Hartofelis, of Manchester; two brothers, Richard J. Walsh, III and his wife, Carol, of Bedford and Brian Walsh and his wife, Dawn Deschenes, of Manchester; several nieces and nephews; and many dear friends.

Services: Calling hours are Thursday, September 23, 2021, from 4 to 7 PM in Connor-Healy Funeral Home and Cremation Center, 537 Union Street, Manchester, NH.

A funeral service will be held on Friday, September 24, 2021, at 11 AM in the funeral home.

Burial will follow in Saint Joseph Cemetery, Bedford, NH.

Memorial donations may be made to The Mental Health Center of Greater Manchester, 401 Cypress Street, Manchester, NH 03103.

For more information visit: www.connorhealy.com.



Published by Union Leader on Sep. 21, 2021.
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Dolores Mendoza
October 16, 2021
Dave, I was so shocked to here of your passing. I always enjoyed my time working with you, going to a fisher cats game with you and I always looked for you at the cemetery when I was up from NC. You will be missed by so many people including myself. Until we meet again, love ya Dave
Steve Martineau
Coworker
October 7, 2021
Prayers for you all in this sad time!
Gail Emerson
Friend
September 29, 2021
the kindest guy I knew
Sue Michaud
September 28, 2021
Dace was a Great Guy!! Always had fun with him!!! Sorry he is gone!! Sympathies to all the family!!! RIP!!!
Don Tibbetts
Friend
September 26, 2021
The Shine family, formerly of Manchester, sends our most sincere condolences to the Walsh Family and to all of David's friends who clearly love him so much. To the many wonderful testimonials for David I add this one of gratitude to him for his kind help in his role as the ambassador of St. Joseph's Cemetery. My return whistle-stop trips to the northeast to visit family and friends included a stop at St. Joseph's where I met David. He was so remarkably friendly and helpful, always helping me to find my families' plot locations. St. Joseph's Cemetery is a significant institution reflective of our histories and herstories, cultures, ethnicities, and legacies. Who better to have been the ambassador there than David? He not only kept the place looking really good, he shared his institutional knowledge, and most likely rescued many people from endlessly wandering around in there looking for family locations. I'm so happy to have met David and looked forward to seeing him. He always made my visit to our families' St Joseph's spots such a nice experience. Thank you, David.
Richard Shine
Acquaintance
September 26, 2021
Dave, you will always be "infinitely recognizable". Rest Peaceful my friend
Debbie
September 25, 2021
Dace was such a kind and great guy. Although I hadn’t seen him in quite some time I know he never changed. He was that guy! RIP sweet soul! You will be missed.
Missy Ruddy
Friend
September 25, 2021
Dace was like the younger brother I never had. I will miss him.
David Ceplinskas
Friend
September 24, 2021
There are no words that can adequately express the deep sense of loss the Yolande and I feel. A bright light has gone out, a beautiful smile is gone. The world is a lesser place without cousin Dace.
James Walsh
Family
September 24, 2021
Face you will be missed by all who knew you, I always enjoyed running in to you at Chelbys for a good chat and a cold beer, we would talk about old friends and great stories. I always left feeling happy I ran in to you and reminisced of old times. The world will definitely be a smaller place. Rip my friend.
Jeff Bruaw
Friend
September 23, 2021
Dave, it has been a pleasure to know you and work with you throughout the years. I’ve always admired your interactions with everyone and your ability to retain so much about the families and history of the cemetery and in more recent times have my boys meet and work with you too. You’ve always been one of the most genuine, loyal and kindhearted people I’ve ever known. You truly are one of a kind and I wish I’d told you sooner. You are and will be missed. Our deepest condolences to Dave’s family and the many, many close friends of his.
Keith, Angie, Jake & Wyatt Racine
September 23, 2021
Good by my friend, it was always great to run into to dace and have a good chat and a cold beer at Chelbys We would talk about our old friends and exchange great stories. U always left feeling better then when you went it. You will be missed by all who know you. The world will be a smaller place. Take care my friend, rip.
Jeff Bruaw
Friend
September 23, 2021
Love you buddy gonna miss you
MICHAEL BURROUGHS
September 23, 2021
Although it's been decades since Dave worked with us at the post office, he is still well remembered and loved. I am so grateful for all the times we shared, and truly honored to call this man a friend.
Edward Donovan
Friend
September 23, 2021
Our hearts ache with the loss of Dave. Anyone who knows him can't help being awed by his memory of people and dates. (I will always be amazed that he could tell you what day any date fell on...) The best Trivia player. If you needed any sports stat checked he was the go to guy too. Truly a nice guy, not a mean bone in his body,
Words can't express how much he will be missed.
We will pray for Dave, his family and friends.
Ben and Joceline Boucher
Friend
September 23, 2021
Words can not express my sorrow. Your guiding hand when I was young man kept me out of trouble many a night, you would say “now Jolin I don’t think that’s a good idea” and maybe I would think twice. You were wise beyond your years. I regret not carving out more time in my life to enjoy your company.
Farewell my friend I will hold in my heart forever.

Pierre Jaques Jolin, Joblin and all the other monikers my friends have adorned me.
RIP
Marc Jolin
Friend
September 23, 2021
Rest in Peace, Dace from the Twomeys
David Twomey
Friend
September 23, 2021
To David's family and closest friends: I hope and pray that you find your way to peace with the tragic loss of David. I am so sad for you.

To David: I hope and pray that you are resting easy and seeing and feeling the love from those you left behind. You were a lovely human being who touched so many lives. Be at peace.
Denise Riley
September 23, 2021
The world will be a bit less brighter without you in it, Dace. I so hope you have found the peace you weren´t able to find here, you deserve it. You will be forever missed and remembered. Rest Easy...
Kate Spain Andersen
September 23, 2021
I met Dace 50 years ago at the bus stop in our neighborhood, Salisbury and Hanover to be exact. He was a skinny kid with a shock of black hair. I did not know it at the time but it was the start of a life long friendship. He was the core; Frank, Bob, Smitty, Yid, Allaire, Steve, then came Kevin, Dan, Marc, Gorski, Buzz and so many more. No matter where in life we were, those days in the 70s and 80s were the glue of our continued friendships. We are all best friends but Dace was the best, best friend. To all of us.
I didn't think it would end this way.
No, the journey doesn't end here. Death is just another path, one that we all must take. The grey rain-curtain of this world rolls back, and all turns to silver glass, and then you see it White shores, and beyond, a far green country under a swift sunrise.

I know you are in that far green country Dace, stripped of the worries and pain of this world. Peace be with you my friend.
John Letson
Friend
September 23, 2021
Thanks for your constant kindness Dave, but especially for your love of the game. You came hard round third and I’m sure at last, you’re safe at home. Rest In Peace. Marty Quirk
Marty Quirk
September 23, 2021
Liza Messier
September 23, 2021
Liza Messier
September 23, 2021
Liza Messier
September 23, 2021
Liza Messier
September 23, 2021
Liza Messier
September 23, 2021
Dave and I have been friends for over 30 years. Everyone who knew him loved him. He was the kindest person and a joy to be around. My heart aches I didn't know he was in such pain. My life without my dearest friend Dave will forever be missed.
Liza Messier
September 23, 2021
Dace will forever be missed. He truly wrote the most thoughtful Christmas cards each and every year. He will surely be missed by all who knew him.
Matt Tafe
Friend
September 23, 2021
My deepest condolences to the Walsh family and friends. I am saddened and shocked by Dace´s passing. Even more so that he hid his pain so well. I will never forget the kind words that he said to me after a Blue Oyster Cult show. This came after not seeing him for probably 20 years! It was a special quality that he had that is shared by so many here. Rest In Peace Brother.
Alan Bourgouin
Friend
September 23, 2021
My heart is forever broken. I want this to not be real. I pray that you are in paradise.
Tommy Ford
Friend
September 23, 2021
For his family and friends, just remember:

Those we love remain with us for love itself lives on, and cherished memories never fade because a loved one's gone. Those we love can never be more than a thought apart, for as long as there is memory, they'll live on in the heart.

Dace will live on in your memories and hearts.
Michelle Giroux
Friend
September 23, 2021
My deepest condolences to Dave's family. He was a gentle soul and so kind when my parents passed away. I always knew he was taking care of them at St. Joe's. Rest in Peace Face.
Maureen Rotondo
Neighbor
September 22, 2021
My sympathy to the entire Walsh Family upon the too-soon death of a wonderful soul. From Central to my last interaction with him just a few weeks ago at St. Joseph’s Cemetery, David was kind, engaging, and possessed of an amazing memory! I trust you will all remember that David in the weeks and months ahead. Please know you have my very deepest sympathy.
Selma Naccach-Hoff
Friend
September 22, 2021
William Burke
Friend
September 22, 2021
I met Dace about 50 years ago this summer. I´m sure he would know the day / month..... I am fortunate to have a GREAT group of friends, and Dace , well he´s the the center of it all. Thanks Dace for always being there. You´ve made my life better in so many ways. Thanks for always reminding me how lucky we were to grow up when we did , where we did , and with who we did !!! We had a blast my friend!!! I´ll never forget our final farewell, the big hearty Walsh hug and the love you BROTHER!! How lucky am I to have David Walsh call me his brother? I will miss you everyday. Smitty
Brian Smith
September 22, 2021
Dace you were loved in life & missed so much by many including my folks that you helped so much.
Dawn Deschenes
September 22, 2021
Our condolences go out to the family of Dave, a very kind and and hard-working person we came to know through visiting St. Joseph Cemetery after losing our son 11years ago. Dave always came to say "hello" to us, always had time for a few words, remembered our names and took extra care to soothe our grief. We're so sad at his passing, but joyful knowing God has a spot reserved for him. We will miss him like a son.
Stuart Harnden
Acquaintance
September 22, 2021
Discovering that David had passed away was traumatic for me. I will never be the same without David in the world.
Elizabeth Walsh-Hartofelis
Family
September 22, 2021
My thoughts and prayers are with Dave, and all his family. I met Dave through the AOH. He was one of the best, and so proud of his family history and Irish roots. While taking photos of the St. Patrick's Parade, he always made it a point to salute me when he saw me taking a pic of the group. I always got a kick out of that. I was humbled that he entrusted me to take a photo of a photo from 1887, that included his great grandfather and recreate it digitally.

He will be missed by all that knew him. God Bless † you, Brother Walsh.
Jack Murphy
Friend
September 22, 2021
David worked the Elections at Ward 5 for sometime.

I was impressed by his ability of helping to make people feel welcomed, assisted whoever needed help and knew so many people in the Ward.
He was someone that you could count on.

Bro. Paul Crawford
Former Ward 5 Moderator.
Bro. Paul Crawford
Friend
September 22, 2021
The Lake Ave O'Neil family expresses our deepest condolences. Dave was such a friend to our dad. He will miss him very much, as the rest of us. We always saw him at the cemetery. Always so kindhearted
Sheila and Doug Smith, Denis O'Neil
September 21, 2021
I only met him a few times but was always kind to me and my family. He was dear friend to my brother Mark for many years. I´m sure he will be missed by many. Deepest condolences.
TODD WIGGIN
September 21, 2021
My words are lost, our hearts are broken.I pray you have gained the happiness you so richly deserve. Your smile and memory will remain in our hearts until we meet again my friend...(woody)
Patricia wantuck
Friend
September 21, 2021
Wow. Seeing the obituary for Dave in the Union Leader this morning absolutely floored me. Sadly, something NOT mentioned in an otherwise nicely written account of Dave's life was the fact that he worked as a sports columnist and game-story writer for the weekly Neighborhood News newspaper group during the mid- and late 1990's. I joined the group in 1997, and soon had the privilege of meeting and working with Dave as we covered our various high school beats. Besides his mind-blowing capacity for remembering dates, places, records, broadcasts, and all kinds of other sports trivia, I want the record to show that he was also a first-rate writer whose work easily matched what was put out by those who did it for a living at New Hampshire's daily papers. If he had been born decades earlier, when newspapers were still highly regarded as a great news and sports source, I think that he would have become a legend in the industry. Even though we were all part-time correspondents getting the kingly sum of 20 bucks for a published piece, I feel that our sports staff at NN was pretty darn good during that period - Dave, Bob Mackintosh (sadly, he's gone too), Eric Emmerling, and our young editors like Mike Sullivan and Colin Manning. Dave ended up leaving the paper group in the late 1990's, and I had no idea where was for many years until I met him totally by chance in 2017 at Saint Joseph's Cemetery in Bedford. I was there at the time to do research for a football project about Manchester's high schools when I saw him working as part of the cemetery grounds and maintenance crew. It was like a trip down memory lane as we talked while he led me around the grounds to where I needed to go. Oddly, one of the places we stopped at was the grave of the legendary Dan Duval, the head coach of Trinity football during the late 1990's and a man that we both had talked to for quotes and insight after games. We both were still in disbelief that he wasn't with us anymore (he died in 2012). Later, when I left the cemetery, one of the last things Dave said to me was that he wanted to see my work about the football when it was done. I had hoped to go back to show him some stuff after the COVID-19 pandemic had subsided. It's a lost opportunity that now I'll always regret. Damn. Before I finish, I want to offer my sincerest condolences to Dave's family and friends. He was a true gentleman, definitely one in a billion.
Gary Smith
Work
September 21, 2021
Such a sad loss of a wonderful person. His smile and conversation would light up the room. Irish together forever. Rest In Peace my friend.
Deb Hughes
Friend
September 21, 2021
Dace, you were possessed of an incisive mind, rapier wit and compassionate nature. It was that latter quality that made you a truly wonderful human being and friend. My Dad and I will miss you.
Thomas Harlan
September 21, 2021
Rest In Peace Dace. I´m heartbroken to hear of your passing. You were such a good friend. We had so much fun whether it was touch football, wiffle ball or just generally goofing around. Condolences to your family and many others who were blessed to call you a friend.
Evan Mooney
Friend
September 21, 2021
So very sad. Our families were close growing up and the memories go on and on. In recent years we became especially grateful to Dace. When our Mom passed he was there with a compassionate hand and a kind word. In the years that followed he made an effort to talk with my Dad when he visited her grave. I know that meant a lot to him. My very deepest sympathies to Liz, Mary Ann, Richard and Brian. I´ll keep you and Dace in my thoughts and prayers.
Anne Huot
Friend
September 21, 2021
To Dave's family,

Please accept my sincere condolences. I was so very sorry to hear of Dave's passing. I remember many years ago working at Lord's he would shop with your parents and they would stop at my register to say hello. I always looked forward to seeing them. I would continue to have the pleasure of running into Dave over the years in town or at our high school reunions. You always walked away with a smile on your face after running into Dave. He was kind, he was genuine, he was the salt of the earth. And he was like that with each and every person he met. Godspeed to you Dave, you will be missed by many and never forgotten. Say hi to your folks for me - Until we meet again - "May the road rise up to meet you, may the wind be always at your back, may the sun shine warm upon your face..."
Karen Grady-Labarre
Friend
September 21, 2021
I did not know him well but from what I did know of him he was an outstanding man. May he R.I.P.
Kristen Biron
Acquaintance
September 21, 2021
The Palangas Family
September 21, 2021
We are heartbroken
Nicholas & Jane Palangas and Family
September 21, 2021
So many great memories..wiffle ball, touch football, east little league, Frank’s place, Montreal, Patriots playoff runs, championships celebrated, the thrill of victory and the agony of defeat. Too many to list them all.
Always had every date, year, and detail imaginable. Always asked about family, kids, and milestones. Great conversations on so many topics. A lifelong sincere, honest, and kind friend.
You will be missed. You are already missed. Rest in piece my friend.
Brian Allaire
September 21, 2021
Dace always had a smile & cheery hello.
He said he'd take care of our loved ones to try to make us feel better during our time of grief. Now we shall take care of you my friend. You will be missed. Rest in peace.
Linda Morrissette
Friend
September 21, 2021
The kindest person I have ever met. Always positive, never said a bad word about anyone, even in our days back at Central. I will miss seeing you at the grocery store in the morning or just waving when you drive by the house. You were an awesome neighbor. Such a loss for all who knew you as you touched so many lives in a wonderful way. Rest in peace my friend.
Jen Freitas
Friend
September 21, 2021
Dace.. my brother. I am just so SAD with your passing and knowing that I’ll never hear your voice or laugh again when you would tell all the great stories of our childhood, adolescence and adulthood. They were always accurate. You will be sorely missed. Please take care of Yid he always needed your supervision. Love you “Man”
Bob Freitas
Friend
September 21, 2021
Truly, one of the finest gentlemen I have ever had the pleasure of calling a friend. Dave, you will be greatly missed my many. God Bless.
Kevin Burns
Friend
September 21, 2021
To the Walsh Family,
Please accept our prayers and sympathy at the passing of your brother David.
Just reading the many tributes to him on this page tells me he was a remarkable person from a remarkable family, and has now joined your parents in heaven.
Maureen and Dan Richardson
Friend
September 21, 2021
I'm so saddened to hear about Dace's passing....it's truly heartbreaking. Will always miss those days of hanging out together at the old Derryfield....you would always be standing in that same corner of the room. You would tell me what day of the week I was born on just by me telling you my date of birth....so many talents you had....hope you rest in peace....you will be missed by all.
Lynn Cross
September 21, 2021
Dace, you will be truly missed. I always enjoyed seeing you. May you rest in peace for eternity my friend.
Cynthia Moquin
Friend
September 21, 2021
Dace. My heart is broken. You were a great friend. I will miss the many laughs we shared over the years. I will never forget the countless nights we spent at the Derryfield or the Fisher Cats games we attended together. I'll miss your yearly Christmas card. You were so thoughtful and always had kind words for me and Jenna. I'm so glad we got to see each other recently. I truly enjoyed the time we spent together and the great conversation we had. I'm so sad that you are gone and that you were in so much pain. You're in God's hands now and you no longer have to suffer. You will always be near and dear to my heart. Until we meet again, rest in peace my friend.
Bill Burke
Friend
September 20, 2021
I will miss you my friend, I will miss our talks, your uncanny knowledge of not just sports but everything you cared about. Always told me not only my anniversary but my kids birthday, what the weather was the day I was married, how my team was doing. I will miss all that was you Dace, I hope you have found peace my friend, I will remember you always. BH's will never be the same without you but your spirit will live with us forever.

Buzz
Tom "Buzz" Bozoian
Friend
September 20, 2021
You were a part of our family and will truly be missed! Rest In Peace Dace!
The Dutton´s
September 20, 2021
A sweet, kind soul & perfect gentleman is what comes to mind, when I think of your beloved brother. Sending love to siblings: Mary, Liz, Brian and Richard. May you find comfort in the many treasured memories. RIP beautiful Dace.
Pamela Millus-Bobinis
Family
September 20, 2021
Dace, I have so many memories of you, the infamous whiffleball, football and basketball games, waits at the bus stop, SCS and STJ stories and tons of other shenanigans. Over the years we would see each other less often but it was always good to catch up and reminisce. When my folks passed, you were one of the people I called to figure out details and you called me back within minutes. It always gave me comfort to know you were looking out for them and saying hi on your rounds. To say I was shocked to hear this awful news is an understatement. My hope is you are in a better place with your folks and are free of all the worries and problems of this life. Will make sure I stop by, say hi and give you a knock when I make my rounds. Will miss you my friend. Rest in Peace.
Joe Wichert
Friend
September 20, 2021
Dace - I so fondly remember our days at St. Joe’s and the whiffle ball games all summer long in your back yard. I will truly miss you, but consider myself fortunate to have known you and will cherish those memories forever. I pray you are now at peace, my friend. God Bless!
Joe Adams
Friend
September 20, 2021
Dave offered me help one day trying to carrying in an A/C by myself up flights of stairs. We also left for work the same exact time everyday and always stopped at the convenience store down the street and he was always so nice and personable. May he rest in peace.
Close neighbor
September 20, 2021
Speechless! The kindest, sweetest, funniest and most caring soul to ever walk the earth. As you would´ve said to me. Keep smiling Mo. I will smile brighter now knowing heaven has gained you as an Angel..rest now sweet soul.
Maureen Kelley
Friend
September 20, 2021
Dave, enough can´t be said about you and what your friendship meant to me. To quote Ray Davies:"I know you´re out there somewhere `round the dial"! God bless you and your family, Dave!
Greg Makris
Friend
September 20, 2021
Liz, Brian, Richard and Mary anne, when My brother Pete called me today and shared the news of Dace's passing I was floored. Our families were so intertwined when we were kids it's like I lost a brother. Dace was a big part of the neighborhood fabric, kind and good soul, Parisey family history expert, whitty, the kind of person that made you feel better just having him around. I got to see him again a couple of years ago as well as Liz at Billy'sports bar, it was always great to see him. Our deepest condolences and prayers, Rest in peace my friend, and know that those that had the fortune to meet you were better people for knowing you.
Bruce Parisey
Friend
September 20, 2021
Dave Walsh was one in a million. Such a caring, loving, soul. Always had (many) great words of appreciation and encouragement. I feel lucky to have known him. Say hi to my Dad for me, Dave. -Shannon and Tom Shurtleff
Shannon Shurtleff & Thomas Shurtleff
Friend
September 20, 2021
Liz, Brian, Maryanne and Richard, I was speechless when my brother Pete called today to let me know that Dace had passed. I just got a flood of memories from our childhood to a few short months ago when I saw him, and Liz at Billy's sports bar. Dace was the curator of the Parisey family history, he knew it better than we did, such a great and kind soul. My deepest condolences and God Bless you and your families.
Bruce Parisey
September 20, 2021
Dace,
I will always remember Dace as the kind Irish spirited man he was. His obituary spoke of Dace truthfully. I will always keep Dace in my thoughts and prayers. My heart mourns for his family and friends. I will never forget the great times we had as kids and his love of sports and his kindness. RIP My friend. Z
Brian Zielinski
Friend
September 20, 2021
David Walsh; Pretty much the best person that ever walked the earth. Drop mic.
Maureen Mulroy
Friend
September 20, 2021
Oh my dear friend I am truly heart broken for what has happened. Just know how much you mean to me and my family. You are truly loved and will be sorely missed. Rest in peace my Dear DACE.
Carol A Bourque
September 20, 2021
Dear Walsh family, I'm very sorry to hear of David's passing. We met probably over 40 years ago and every time was with a warm hand shake. Dave work hard for the Cemetery not just working but talking to people that were visiting and maybe giving them a little history lesson he seemed to know everyone there. He will be missed.
Philip Prince
Friend
September 20, 2021
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