John Thomas Walsh

October 18, 2019


It is with overwhelming sadness we announce the passing of our wonderful father John Thomas Walsh on October 18, 2019 in his 86th year. Predeceased by his loving wife Roberta (Chafe) Walsh, much loved sister Barbara Dalton, his parents John and Mary (Maddigan) Walsh, extended family, Iris King and best friends and in-laws Brian and Barbara Chafe. Left with a lifetime of cherished memories are his children Jane, Susan and David, his granddaughter who was his pride and joy, Gabrielle Brunie and his long-time loving partner June Schultz, and her family Steven Schultz and Beth (Richard) Howley. Also left to mourn are his siblings Gerard (Bernice) Walsh and Edward Walsh, brother in-law William (Winnifred) Chafe along with a large group of nieces and nephews.

Following his father’s footsteps, John spent 45 years as an executive with the A. Harvey Group of Companies, retiring as Senior Vice President. John was a long-time member of the NL business community and was a player in the offshore oil industry, back when it was a hope and a prayer, earning the respect of his colleagues and competitors. John was instrumental in the development of the container shipping industry in the Port of St. John’s and served on many boards including Oceanex, St. Clare’s Hospital, and St. John’s Board of Trade, he mentored many young executives and took pride in their success.

John was the quintessential gentleman with a quiet nature and a generous heart; he had a passion for global affairs, which he has passed on to his globetrotting granddaughter, with whom he enjoyed regular discussions of current events and kept involved in her business studies in Shanghai, China.  John’s knowledge of political history and business affairs astounded all who knew him. He will be deeply missed by those who loved him. Honouring his wishes, cremation has taken place. His family would like to thank nurse April Adams of the Palliative Care Mobile team, Compassion Home Care, especially Judy Patey, whose care and kindness permitted our father to remain comfortable at home until his last days, and Dr. Bryan Curtis, his nephrologist, for his care, friendship and unlimited access.    Visitation will be held at Carnell’s Funeral Home, Freshwater Road on Tuesday, October 22, 2019 from 2-4pm and 7-9pm. A private ceremony will take place at a later date.




2-4 p.m. on October 22, 2019

7-9 p.m. on October 22, 2019

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To the Walsh Family:

We are so sad to hear of Mr. Walsh’s passing. Mr. Walsh was a trusted friend to our dad and they knew each other for a life time. They had a very special friendship. Our dad had the utmost respect for Mr. Walsh. Our dad would always say that he owed so much to Mr. Walsh and his father. He was a kind, exceptional man – a true gentleman. RIP Mr. Walsh.

Uncle John was without exception one of the finest men

To the Walsh and extended families:
I w as so sorry to hear of John’s passing.
However i feel privileged that I had known him as his family physician over the last 15 years or more
Truly he was a gentleman.
I will miss him profoundly.
I know the last several years were difficult medically
May God bless the family during this difficult time
Dr Paul Jackman

Dear Jane
While I have not seen you in many years it seems, I wanted to express my sincere condolences to you and your family on the loss of your father.

With sympathy,
Maureen Carew

Dear Jane, Susan and David – so sorry to hear of Uncle John’s passing – I have so many fond memories of your house on London Road with all of you, your Mom and Dad , our grandmother and dear Iris. I will cherish those as I remember the gentle man that was your Dad. He is much like my beautiful Dad, his brother Gerard. Thinking of you all at this sad time with love.


The Walsh Family,
Please accept my deepest sympathy on the passing of a man for who I held in highest esteem and for who I had the utmost respect. A great person..

I am very sorry to hear that my good friend John T Walsh died this past week-end. Being in the shipping business, workiing out of Montréal, I worked with John for several years on many shipping related projects. I was always impressed by John¨s vision in our transportation business. A true and most honest gentleman. Untiil a few months ago we kept in touch over the phone. He will be missed. My sincere condolences to Jane, Susan, Gabrielle and David

Dearest Jane, Susan, Gabrielle and David: our sincere condolences on your loss. I met your dad/grandfather on several occasions and he always had such interesting things to say about politics, business and life…. I’ll be there in spirit tomorrow. Sending hugs and love from all of us – Barbara, Patrick, Catherine & Fiona xox

Pete and I send you and your family our most sincere sympathy in the loss of your father. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you.
Jean and Peter Stacey

Dear Family Walsh,
So sorry for your loss, it is always hard to deal with death, death of a parent, death of your Dad. I hope you find some peace in the days and years to come. Take care of each other with the waves of emotion and grief flow over you at different times and places. Celebrate all that John was to the many who knew and loved him outside the family. Sincere Condolences….Pat

Jane , Susan and David – Thinking of you all on the passing of J.T. Sorry for your loss.

– Mark & Jane

Condolences to family and friends of John T. I first met John when he lived at/on Old Topsail Rd. St John’s.;at their huge ‘family home’ there. about mid 60’s., and have always found him to be the very friendly knowledgable gentleman–that he was.. He always seemed to have the time to stop and inquire ‘how all is going’ etc, and wish the best, although I have not bumped into him over the past several years. All the best. GOD Bless, our prayers. Jim Campbell/wife Nelia St John’s NL.

Jane, Susan and David. I have many fond memories of your dad back in the day on London road. Please accept my condolences at this sad time and treasure you memories of your father.

Brianne Murphy

My sincere condolences for your loss. I didn’t know your father personally, but from reading his obituary, I can see what an impressive person he was.

Jane , Susan and David ……so sorry to hear of your Dad’s passing…Your Dad was a great Gentleman, friend and mentor to me as we worked together for over 20 years building and developing The A . Harvey Group of Companies . Your Dad was a wonderful Leader and had a great imagination for business……he built A. Harvey into the mini conglomerate of the many Companies it Is today. Sorry we will not be able to attend your Dad’s Visitation as we are out of the Country ……..Our thoughts and prayers at with you and your Families at this time…..

Dearest Jane and family,
Sending you lots of love and hugs through this difficult time. Keep each other well,
x Andil

My sincere condolences to you and your family.

To Jane, Susan David and family,

So sorry to hear of your loss. Our thoughts are with you in this difficult time.

David and Wilson