SalemNews.com, Salem, MA

February 3, 2010

Robert F. Walsh, 64


PEABODY — Robert F. "Bob" Walsh, 64, of Peabody, died suddenly Sunday evening, Jan. 31, 2010 at the Lahey Clinic North in Peabody. He was the loving husband of 44 years to Kathleen (Needham) Walsh.

He was born in Peabody on April 7, 1945, the son of the late T. Francis and Helen (Anderson) Walsh and was a lifelong resident of Peabody. He graduated from Peabody Veterans Memorial High School in 1962 and then entered the U.S. Air Force where he served for four years in the Vietnam War prior to his discharge in 1966.

Upon his discharge, he became a letter carrier with the U.S. Postal Service in Peabody and worked there for 34 years retiring as a supervisor of Postal Operations in 2003.

Bob was elected as a trustee of the Peabody Institute Library which he served on the Board for two terms of office. He was a loyal and faithful supporter of Peabody High Football Tanners and served for many years holding the down markers at the home games. He enjoyed taking trips with his family to Ireland.

He loved going hunting for deer and turkey shoots and had been an avid gardener, tending to his lawn and flowers for many summers.

Surviving him besides his wife are his five children, Robert F. and his wife Karen Walsh Jr. of Peabody, Patrick and Ryan Walsh, both of Danvers, Joseph Walsh of Peabody and Michelle Walsh of Salem; a sister, Marilyn Walsh of Peabody; his cherished grandchildren, Ashley Myers of Salem, Mary, Kate, Kimberly and Mairead Walsh, all of Peabody; and many nieces and nephews.

ARRANGEMENTS: A visitation will be held on Thursday from 4 until 8 p.m. at the Conway, Cahill-Brodeur Funeral Home at the 82 Lynn St., Peabody facility. His funeral will be held on Friday at 9 a.m. from the funeral home followed by a funeral Mass in St. Thomas the Apostle Church, Salem/Peabody line at 10 a.m. Burial will be in St. Mary's Cemetery, Salem. Expressions of sympathy may be made to the Peabody High School Football Boosters, c/o 29 Nancy Ave., Peabody, MA 01960 in his memory.