Bernard E. Walsh

July 2, 2021

Bernard E. Walsh
U.S. Veteran

US NAVY

WWII

Bernard E. Walsh – of Woburn, peacefully, July 2nd, 2021 at ninety-five years of age.  Beloved husband of the late Mary (Washburn) Walsh of Woburn. Devoted father of  Brian Walsh, his wife Alyssa of Burlington and Maureen Walsh Sakakeeny, her husband Stephen of North Andover.  Dear brother of the late Rev. Thomas F. Walsh OSA, John “Jack” Walsh, Ann Driscoll and Patricia Giffune.  Loving “Bumpa” of Bryan, Luke, Jeffrey, James “Jamie” and Sean. Also survived by many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.  Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to Bernard’s Funeral Mass, Thursday, July 8th at 10 a.m., at St. Anthony Church, 850 Main Street, Woburn. Interment will be held at Woodbrook Cemetery, Woburn. Calling hours will be held on Wednesday from 4-7 p.m., in the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main St., Woburn.   In lieu of flowers donations may be made in Bernard’s memory to Catholic TV, 34 Chestnut St, Watertown, MA 02472  or a charity of your choice.

Bernard E. “Bernie” Walsh, a lifelong resident of Woburn, died at Winchester Rehab & Nursing Center on July 2nd, 2021.  Bernie was predeceased by his beloved wife of nearly 60 years, Mary E. (Washburn) Walsh, in 2018.  

Born on Richardson St. in Woburn’s South End, he was the son of the late Elizabeth (Gilgun) Walsh and Thomas F. Walsh.  Bernie was the middle child of five and has predeceased all his siblings.  He grew up and attended St. Charles parochial school and graduated Woburn High School Class of 1943.  He was a superb baseball player, having played 2nd base or shortstop and known to friends as “Pee Wee.”

In February of 1944 he entered the Navy at age 18 and served in WWII as Radioman 3rd class in the South Pacific.  Many tales of his travels and people he met during the war,made for some wonderful stories over the years. In May of 1946, Bernie retuerned home by ship through the Panama Canal to New York Harbor. 

After the war he attended Fordham University in NY and received a BA in history.  He watched Yogi Berra play baseball and Vince Lombardi play football while at Fordham, living in quonset huts near the athletic fields which housed the surge of young veterans returning from WWII.

He met Mary Elizabeth Washburn of Winchester on a blind date arranged by his cousin, and they married in 1958.   They raised their two children, Brian and Maureen, in North Woburn, where they were quite active in St. Anthony’s parish and shared many friendships there. 

Bernie held a variety of jobs in his early career and settled into the work with the state Department of Youth Services as a Juvenile Parole Officer and later Case Manager.  Bernie was the recipient of many awards throughout his career, and was very proud to be the recipient of a commendation by Governor Dukakis upon his retirement in the 1980s.

Bernie and Mary were longtime residents of New Horizons at Choate in Woburn, where they enjoyed many friends and activities.

Beloved husband of the late Mary (Washburn) Walsh of Woburn. Devoted father of  Brian Walsh, his wife Alyssa of Burlington and Maureen Walsh Sakakeeny, her husband Stephen of North Andover.  Cherished  brother of the late Rev. Thomas F. Walsh OSA, John “Jack” Walsh, Ann Driscoll and Patricia Giffune.  Loving “Bumpa” of Bryan, Luke, Jeffrey, James “Jamie” and Sean. Also survived by many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Bernard’s Funeral Mass, will be held on Thursday, July 8th at 10 a.m., in St. Anthony Church, 850 Main Street, Woburn. Interment in Woodbrook Cemetery, Woburn. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to calling hours, Wednesday evening 4-7 p.m., in the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main St., Woburn.   In lieu of flowers remembrances may be made in Bernard’s memory to Catholic TV, 34 Chestnut St, Watertown, MA 02472  or a charity of your choice.

 

Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to Bernard’s Funeral Mass, Thursday, July 8th at 10 a.m., at St. Anthony Church, 850 Main Street, Woburn. Interment will be held at Woodbrook Cemetery, Woburn. Calling hours will be held on Wednesday from 4-7 p.m., in the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main St., Woburn.   In lieu of flowers donations may be made in Bernard’s memory to Catholic TV, 34 Chestnut St, Watertown, MA 02472  or a charity of your choice.

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  1. Laura Salamone

    Sorry to hear of Bernies passing, he was a very kind man, who I enjoyed talking to at the New Horozons.
    Sorry for your loss, may he Rest In Peace!

  2. Marianne Perata

    Such a kind man who has left a loving presence in our hearts. So sorry for your loss. Sending lots of love.

  3. Brian and Maureen,

    My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this difficult time. Rest in Peace Mr. Walsh.

  4. The Best and Wisest and Kindest Godfather a guy could ask for. See you in heaven someday, Love Timmy

  5. My beloved Uncle B. How I will miss your wisdom, kindness, support and loving laughter. You were a special man in my life. My heart smiles knowing you are once again with your soulmate, my loving Aunt Mary. ❤️

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