John "Jack" Walsh

Saturday, December 24th, 1932 Tuesday, December 24th, 2019

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Obituary for John "Jack" Walsh

John (Jack) P. Walsh died peacefully at home on December 24, 2019 , his 87th birthday, after a long illness, surrounded by his family. He was predeceased by his parents, Dr. James F. Walsh and Genevieve (Powers) Walsh, and five of his six siblings. He is survived by his wife Joan B. Walsh and their children – Douglas, Whitney and Matthew, also son Chris and his wife Ruth and their children Rachel and Aidan, his sister Mary Jane Hughes, and Cecil Meade.
Before finding his calling in his professional life, Jack had numerous early jobs he would mention from time to time: lifeguard, Clerk and Weights Expert for the US Postal Service, Company Clerk in the US Army during the Korean Conflict (think Radar O'Reilly – except in Germany – and with more panache, a better vocabulary and a gift for turning a phrase), and dump truck driver for the company that built I-95 in Connecticut.
Jack did find his professional niche as a copywriter, writing those letters that ask you to “do something”. His colleagues and competitors (most of whom he called friend) labeled him “a very big fish in a very small pond.” Among his many clients were American Heritage, Smithsonian, Time, Southern Living, Playboy, and even the IRS, but not Sun Myung Moon.
However, his true calling was sitting at the head of The Big Table at his home – often literally but sometimes figuratively – surrounded by his family and friends, all of whom held him in the highest esteem. Joan and Jack bought that house -- their first and last and the one in which he died (which was his stated intention) -- in 1964. More people than anyone could count have come through the front door of that house in the intervening years. The early, young visitors are now in their 50s and 60s and some of their earliest memories are being welcomed into that home by Jack and Joan, and that has been true for many of their children as well.
Jack was an astute observer of life, a keen student of history and an eloquent speaker. Among his more memorable observations was, “Time spent as the last person on a line is wasted.”
Jack, Joan and their children took numerous trips together over the years, and, in time, added their daughter-in-law and grandchildren. Memories of these times – the dinners, parties, and trips with Jack – will be cherished by all who were fortunate to have been a part of them.
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    Saturday, December 28th, 2019 | 4:00pm - 7:00pm
    McMahon, Lyon & Hartnett Funeral Home Inc.
    491 Mamaroneck Ave.
    White Plains, New York
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    Saturday, December 28th, 2019
    4:00pm - 7:00pm

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Peg Conover

Joan - May all your memories wrap you in comfort. You are in my prayers. Pec Conover
Comment | Posted at 01:25pm via Condolence

Penny Pepe

I am so sorry Joan. My heart and my prayers are with you and your family.. Rest In Peace Jack.. 🙏🙏🙏
Comment | Posted at 10:14pm via Condolence

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You're in our thoughts. With love and prayers, the Bob Walsh Family
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Morris Masters

To the Walsh family, our thoughts are with you. With love from your teammates and very extra special friends of Morris Rugby and MOBPACAS
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