John Richard Walsh

August 26, 1930 to March 3, 2019

Obituary

We are deeply saddened to announce the passing of our dearly loved father John Richard Walsh, age 88, of St. John’s, after a brief illness on March 03, 2019 with his family by his side. Our dad had a long career as Director of Veterans Affairs Canada in St. John’s, NL. He was a tireless and passionate advocate for veterans and their families and a proud 40 year member of the Royal Canadian Legion. He worked with the Legion and within Veterans affairs to champion the establishment of the Newfoundland-Labrador Field of Honour at Mount Pleasant Cemetery. He was a self-educated expert on the two great wars and the heroic roles played by Newfoundlanders.

A fiercely independent and proud person, dad was able to ride his Harley Davidson motorcycles well into his eighties. He loved cameras, photography, old movies and was a voracious reader. He loved animals of all kinds and rescued many during his lifetime.

Most of all, dad loved his family and was a loyal and supportive father. He was the go-to person, the problem solver and advisor for his family members, and many others throughout his life.

He was predeceased by his wife, Patricia Walsh; parents, Leo and Josephine Walsh; brothers, Alex and Richard; sisters, Louise and Carmel.  He Leaves to mourn his children, Pamela (Ken), John (Cindy), David (Paulette), Joanne (Tom), Patricia (Jim) and Bernard (Dara); grandchildren, Steven, John, Jennifer, Jillian, David, Stephanie, Casey, Michael, Jason, Zackary, Brendan and Danielle as well as his great grandchildren, nieces and nephews. He is survived and mourned by his brothers Basil (Margaret), Desmond and Victor, and his sister Thelma. John also leaves to mourn his partner and best friend Mary Moriarity, and her family, and their friends at MUN and the HighGate.

Visitation will take place at Carnell’s Funeral Home, 329 Freshwater Road, on Saturday, March 9thfrom 7 to 9pm and Sunday March 10th from 2 to 9pm. Funeral Service will take place at the Carnell Memorial Chapel on Monday, March 11th, 2019 at 1:00 p.m. followed by a short reception at Carnell’s. Inurnment will take place following the reception at Mount Pleasant Cemetery, Hamilton Ave. Ext.  Flowers are gratefully accepted or donations in John’s memory can be made to the Royal Canadian Legion, Branch 56, Pleasantville, St. John‘s, NL. To send a message of condolence, please visit www.carnells.com.

 

You’re not Forgotten, Father, Dear

Nor ever shall you be;

As long as life and memory last

I shall remember thee

Schedule

Visitations

7-9 p.m. on March 9, 2019

2-9 p.m. on March 10, 2019

Carnell’s Funeral Home
329 Freshwater Road
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funeral

1:00pm, Monday March 11th

The Carnell Memorial Chapel
329 Freshwater Road
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To Pam and family,
So sorry to hear of the loss of your dad. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

Our deepest condolences to Mary and the family of John. Hold your memories close to your heart.

To Mary and the family of John, please accept my deepest condolences on his passing. He was the Sub-Regional Director of VAC when I joined the Deportment in 1988 and I will remember him for his keen intellect and always standing up for the Veterans and his employees who took care of them. Rest in peace John. – Ken

To Tish and all your family.
My deepest condolences to you all on the death of your dear father. Cherish your memories of all the good times which will help you cope at this difficult time.

To my sister Mary and the Walsh family.
We were sorry to hear of John’s passing. We enjoyed John and Mary’s visits to our home in Virginia Beach and Florida. John was a good story teller and his off colored one liners were guaranteed to invoke a good laugh. John was an excellent photographer and several of his pictures hang in our Florida home. Marty and I will truly miss our good friend John.

Joanne…Sorry to hear of your Dad’s
Passing. Thoughts and prayers for you and your family at this time.

John,Cindy and the Walsh families : We are so sorry to hear of your Fathers passing. Our heartfelt condolences to you and the family at this difficult time.

Mary – So sorry to hear of John’s passing. I know your heart is broken. Please accept our condolences.
Denyse & Gary Trask
Ottawa, ON

My heartfelt condolences on the loss of your dear father. Thinking of you at this difficult time. Xo

Mary, Patricia, Pam, Joanne and all your families
We were deeply saddened to hear the news of Johns passing our thoughts and prayers will be with you all during this difficult time in your lives
He was such a great friend to so many people and especially to us. (Mary’s girls). Mary We will certainly miss johns humour and his friendship upon our visits to your home

To Mary Moriarty: Please accept my condolences on the passing of John.

To my sister Mary Morarty and John’s family. I am deeply saddened by the passing of John, a man I felt honoured to call my friend. I have such lovely memories of his impromptu bridal toast at my and Jerry’s wedding all those years ago, as well as the lovely photos of our kids you so generously provided for us. I hope the memories of his love and caring help to sustain you and bring you all some measure of comfort and peace. Mary my heart truly hurts for you.

From Donna, Jerry Mc Eachern

To my sister Mary Morarty and John’s family. I am deeply saddened by the passing of John, a man I felt honoured to call my friend. I have such lovely memories of his impromptu bridal toast at my and Jerry’s wedding all those years ago, as well as the lovely photos of our kids you so generously provided for us. I hope the memories of his love and caring help to sustain you and bring you all some measure of comfort and peace. Mary my heart truly hurts for you.

From Donna, Jerry Mc Eachern

My dear Mary Patricia and all johns family Our deepest sympathy on the passing of our very dear friend John He captured so many memories of my kids daughters wedding grandchildren and all pictures proudly displayed in our home He had a great career and helped so many people including my dad Cherish all your memories and be strong for each other My dearest Mary my heart goes out to you at this very difficult time

We are deeply saddened by the passing of our dear friend John. A longtime client of our salon, he will be greatly missed by Dale, Dean, Glenn and the Hair Factory. Our condolences go out to his family, friends and to his partner Mary.

Des and all the family.
Condolences to you and the family, on the passing of your dear brother.
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