Susan Walsh

December 5, 1924 to April 26, 2018

Obituary

Our beautiful mom, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister, aunt, and friend Susan Walsh slipped peacefully away into the arms of her beloved Freddie on April 26, 2018 at the age of 93.  Left to celebrate her long amazing life and mourn her profound loss: daughter Linda Doody (Tom), sons Fred Walsh (Mary) and Jim Walsh (Betty) as well as grandchildren Lesley Doody (Michael), John Walsh, Susan Kennedy (Billy), Christopher Walsh (Jany), Cyndi McLean (Joe), Seanessey Walsh (Stephanie), and great-grandchildren Logan, Tanner, Ayden, Calla, and Benjamin. Also, sadly missed by brother Walter Brushett (Madeleine), sisters Nancy Pike (Frank), Margaret Hillier, sister-in-law Carrie Walsh, and a large circle of other relatives and friends. Susan is predeceased by husband Fred (1999) and granddaughter Alison (Aly) Walsh (2013) as well as members of the Young, Walsh, and Brushett families.

Our mom was a woman of fun and faith.  She was resilient and strong with an ever-present sense of humour that sometimes bordered on the naughty side.  She was adventurous and would try anything – like driving a motor home to Maine when she was well into her 70s and delighting in going down water slides and driving go-carts during her trip. She loved traveling.

She had a kaleidoscope of talents and interests. Throughout her life, she loved being active and involved: singing, dancing, rollerskating, camping, trouting, gardening, and doing carpentry. She was quite an athlete and excelled at darts and bowling with over 100 trophies to her credit.  She was also a member of the first female championship team of the Placentia Intertown Regatta in 1963 and rowed in the St. John’s Regatta at Quidi Vidi as well. She was a champion. Of course, she also enjoyed the quieter pursuits such as reading, doing ceramics, and playing cards. The latter only if she won.

Mom was a master of the domestic arts as she would call them.  She was an extraordinary cook who made legendary jiggs dinner, apple pies, and chocolate chip cookies. She knitted, crocheted, sewed, and produced exquisitely detailed embroideries. She was always there to celebrate special occasions with her family and friends.

Although mom worked for a few years at the Naval Station in Argentia in the 1940s, she was a homemaker most of her life.  Nevertheless, she believed fiercely in the value of education and being informed about current events.  She was a life-long learner and encouraged this trait in her children. She was so proud when her family completed their education, be it at the end of kindergarten, technical school, or university. She would often stop complete strangers in a store line-up and say, “Did you know my daughter is a teacher!” or “My granddaughter is a geophysicist!” not really knowing what that meant, but realizing how important such an achievement was.

Our mother was a woman of faith, not in the traditional sense, but in the ecumenical sense. She embraced all faiths.  She was very open and accepting.  She prayed and read the Bible each day until her 91st year, sang her favorite hymns, and drew great strength from knowing that there was a higher power.

Mom’s life spanned the Depression, World War II, the advent of technology, and Trump World, an incredible nine decades.  Through it all, she maintained her ever present zest for life, her sense of fun, and her absolute devotion to her family. We were all so blessed by her journey through our lives.

 

Mom

Your special smile and twinkling eyes,

Your laughter and your touch –

These are the things that we recall,

The things we miss so much.

The joy you brought to all of us,

Sweet memories to treasure –

The love you gave so freely,

Made us rich beyond all measure.

We think of you today,

And wish with broken hearts,

That you were still here with us,

That we didn’t have to part.

Your memory we hold close,

We’ll cherish it together,

We love you now and always will,

We’ll treasure it forever.

-L. Doody

 

The family wishes to extend a special note of thanks to the staff of Karwood Retirement Home, the third floor staff of Chancellor Park, Doctors Hart, Kieley, Crocker, and O’Shea for their kindness and care during mom’s illness. Our sincere appreciation to our aunt Zita MacCallum for her blessing and prayers for mom which helped our mother complete her final journey and be at peace.

Visitation will take place at Carnell’s Funeral Home at 329 Freshwater Road on Saturday, April 28 from 2:00 to 4:00 and 7:00 to 9:00, and on Sunday April 29 from 2:00 to 9:00. Funeral service will be held at Carnell’s Memorial Chapel on Monday, April 30 at 2:00 with burial at the Anglican Cemetery, Kenmount Road, immediately following the service.  A reception for guests will be held at Carnell’s following the interment.

Flowers are gratefully accepted or donations may be made to the Spirit Horse Program (www.spirit horsenl.com), or a charity of one’s choice.

 

Schedule

Visitations

2-4 p.m. on April 28, 2018

7-9 p.m. on April 28, 2018

2-9 p.m. on April 29, 2018

Carnell’s Funeral Home
329 Freshwater Road
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funeral

2:00pm, Monday April 30th

The Carnell Memorial Chapel
329 Freshwater Road
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our deepest condolences to the family

Mrs Walsh will always be fondly remembered. I’ve known het for as long as I can remember. My great aunt (by marriage), she was at most of our family functions and was always happy and joking with us. I will miss her but take comfort that she is with loved ones and in the arms of Jesus.

We were so sorry to hear of sue’s passing. She was a wonderful women. sorry i couldn’t be there you are all in my thoughts and prayers. walter & brushett family

Linda, I just read about your mom’s passing today in The Telegram. I am so sorry to hear. She seemed to be a wonderful person who enjoyed life to the fullest I was your student at MUN between 2003 and 2006. You made thank you cards for my children out of your paintings for a project we completed together. Deepest condolences to you and your family.

My condolences to the Walsh family. I grew up on just a couple of doors down the street from her house in Jerseyside. Sue was always very pleasant and down to earth. Every now and then she would give me a lift to St. John’s and we would share a few laughs…

The Walsh families. We are so sorry to hear of your Mom’s passing. So happy to say we well remember the way you have her described. I personally knew first hand about the bowling because I bowled with her on the Monday night Women’s League on the base for many years. We always had such a great time, always a laugh or two. I didn’t know she was so multi-talented, but I do know she was a wonderful lady who put her family far above herself and everyone else. What a legacy to leave. Whitey is sorry to hear of her passing and has good memories of the boys and playing ball. Thank God you had her for such a long time, but age does not really matter when you mother passes away, it always very hard. Sincere sorrow, Whitey (Gerard) and Kathleen O’Reilly.

To the Extended Walsh Family, my late mother, Patricia Power, was a friend of Sue and they both enjoyed many years of 10-pin bowling on Tuesday nights at the Argentia Lanes. As a young lad growing up on the same street, I remember Sue as a fun-loving, confident woman with both a high IQ and bowling average. My mom could seldom catch her for the high triple award. Sue was very competitive. It was a pleasure to read her wonderful obituary – truly a life well lived. God Bless.

A wonderful woman has “crossed the golden bridge”, as her granddaughter Susan ( our daughter in law), so eloquently put it. The Walsh family dynamic has changed. The matriarch has passed over. Now the story telling will be about her, rather than by her. She was such a huge, wonderful presence at family gatherings and she will be missed by many. Condolences to all her beautiful family.. We are so proud to be part of such an amazing family. Much Love to you all. xxoo

Fred and Mary and Mrs Walsh’s family. We were so sorry to read about your Mom’s passing.. she was a lovely lady. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time. We are out of the country at this time and unable to attend the funeral.

I am so glad I met your mother and shared a brief part of her life.She reminded me of my own mother .I enjoyed her stories so much I often forgot my reason for seeing her. She will be missed and never forgotten by those who met her.My thoughts are with you.

Linda I was so sorry to read about your Mom’s passing. Such a beautiful obituary and wonderful memories that will certainly help you through this difficult time.

My dear Linda Bub and Jim I was so sorry to hear of. Your mom’s passing She was such a lovely person who I dearly loved to visit especially when mom came to town. I would leave there in stitches laughing at your mom’s stories She loved you all so much and so proud off you The one person who she also cherished was her Freddy. she worshipped the ground he walked on. You were so fortunate to have her as your mom. Cherish all the memories. Linda you told her life well It was so amazing to read God bless you all Wish I could have been there with you as I was when dad died . Keep the memories alive each and every day and always remember you were the blessed ones to have our wonderful Aunt Sue as your mom She is in heaven now with you dad and my mom and dad Life will never be the same without them Love you all Your cousin Shirley

Linda, Fred Jim and families. Sincere condolences on the passing of your mom, grand mom. May the memories of her life and her love for each of you be your comfort at this difficult time. Although it is difficult today to see beyond the sorrow may it be somewhat consoling to know others are thinking of you. She is now at peace. God bless!

My thought’s and prayer’s are with you all during this difficult time. I’m sorry I am unable to attend,but know I am thinking of you.
Margaret Hillier
Darlene Currie

Linda, Tom, Lesley and Michael and all the Walsh family: My thoughts and prayers are with you all at this very sad time. Mrs. Walsh was a wonderful, funny lady who loved her family so very much and I will always remember her. Remember all those good memories. My deepest condolences for your loss. Nellie Mullins and family

I will always remember the love you had for your family, and how you said “God love him” when referring to any of the grandchildren and great grandchildren and that Uncle Tom would call you Aunt Sue. You had the best chocolate chip cookies and there was nobody in the world could beat your mashed potatoes. Not long before I moved to Florida, I had gone to shovel out the snow from your driveway and when I was done we sat together to have some toast and listened to the radio. Chainsaw Earl came on and when they got to the end you said your classic “Oh My”. I’m sorry and it hurts a lot that I can’t be there with everyone and to lay you next to Poppy. You will always be loved and Remembered.

Christopher.

Our sincere condolences on the loss of your mother and mother in law Fred and Mary, we’ll keep you both in our thoughts and prayers

To the family of the late Susan Walsh : Linda and Tom and Leslie, Jim and Fred and their families I remember your mother and father very well from many years ago and I thought they were very nice people. Linda I always thought that you came from a very warm and loving and compassionate family. It is with great sadness that today I learn of your mother’s passing. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time of sadness, loss and grief. You have my deepest sympathy and my sincere condolences.
Graham Whalen

Betty , Jim and Family I’m so sorry for your families loss . Thoughts and prayers are with all of you
Take care of each other

Lindsay and I are thinking of you all during this difficult time. Please know we’re just a phone call away. We love you like family because you are family.

Mr & Mrs Dee

Mr & Mrs Doody, Lesley(little sister) & Michael

There are no words to properly express how our hearts ache for you all. Remember her smile, how it felt when she would pull you close for one of those unforgettable hugs (I remember those too). All my love and thoughts are with you.

Mary and Fred, thoughts and prayers for Mrs Walsh’s family and friends. May she rest peacefully.
Bunnie

Our deepest condolences to your family at this difficult time. Your mother will always be remembered for her sense of humour and how she never forgot me and always called me by Donna Baker. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. God Bless

So sorry to learn of Mrs. Walsh’s passing, and I offer my sincere condolences to the whole family. She was a lovely, kind and generous person with a great sense of humour. Sorry I’m away and not there to offer my support. I’m thinking about you all, and my love, thoughts and prayers are with you.

What a beautiful person she is Linda an icon of the community I didn’t realize what a feminist she was good heavens she did it all she was her own person fearless and protective an excellent cook and kind and loving beyond measure I remember her as a woman in a mission rear up her children and look after your dad she was selfless and determined I admired and respected her as well as feared her she did not put up with bad behaviour and what a housekeeper you know she may have been your mother but she was our protector

Deepest Condolences to the family on your moms passing …Prayers and thoughts going your way.

Karl Young and Darlene Barry

Condolences to Sue’s family and friends. May she rest in peace.

we are sorry to hear about Aunt Sue . I loved the days when we were small going to her house in Jersey side and knowing she always would have treats for us. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. Wish i could be there .

Sorry to hear of Mrs Walsh’s passing enjoy the many times I meet her at Fred & Mary’s always loved to hear her stories and her great laugh RIP Mrs Walsh

We were so sorry to hear of your Mom’s passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with all your family at this difficult time. Wish we could be there with you.