Essex — Warland "Wally" Reginald Hersey, 77, of Essex, Massachusetts, husband of Maureen (White) Hersey, died peacefully on Thursday, November 7th surrounded by his family and dear friends.
He was born to the late Warland E. Hersey and Helen (Hilton) Hersey on February 26, 1936, in Beverly, MA.
Wally spent his childhood in Beverly, MA. He graduated from Beverly High School in 1954 and received a BA in Mathematics from Harvard University in 1958 and also attended Columbia University and the University of Massachusetts. He later settled in Essex, MA with his wife and children.
Wally was a beloved professor of Mathematics who spent 47 of his 55 year career at North Shore Community College on the Beverly, Danvers and Lynn campuses. He was proud to be a founding professor at NSCC and was passionate about making a difference in the lives of his students.
Wally was an active member of the LaSalette Faith Community in Topsfield, MA.
He served on the School Committees of both Manchester and Essex school districts. He and Maureen, loved to travel and took several trips to Europe, the Caribbean and Mexico; Ireland being their favorite destination due to its ancestral roots to their families.
Wally loved his dog, Riley. He enjoyed the beach, Irish music, reading and WWII history. He was a connoisseur of fine chowder. He loved a mystery, told a great story, enjoyed difficult crossword puzzles and shared the best jokes. He loved to make others laugh.
Wally’s family would like to thank the Kaplan Family Hospice House who took such great care of Wally and his family in his final days.
Wally is survived by his children, Brenda Hersey of Manchester, NH; Robin (Hersey) Free and her husband James of Cumming, GA; Warland Mark Hersey of Beverly, MA; Sye-Na (Hersey) Whitehead of Salem, MA and her husband Kevin; his grandchildren, Delaney and Cooper Free of Cumming, GA; his grandchild-to-be, William Warland Whitehead and his sister, Janice (Hersey) Baker and her husband Norman of Cincinnati. Wally was also a loving father to over 45 foster children.