John Peter Walsh
21 March, 1927 – 20 November, 2021
It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of John Peter Walsh in his 95th year after a lengthy battle with Alzheimer’s.
John passed on Nov. 20th, 2021 surrounded by the love of his devoted wife of 61 years, Joyce (nee Martin) and only daughter Marilyn. He will be forever loved and never forgotten by them.
John was born in Minto, N.B., the third of 8 siblings. He is survived by eldest sister, Alice Darrah of Fredericton, N.B. and brothers Gerald Walsh of Halifax, N.S. and Robert Walsh (Vicky) of P.E. I. John also leaves behind many nieces and nephews who knew and loved him as Uncle Johnny. Predeceased by parents George and Josephine (Mayne) Walsh, sisters Annie McAllister, Rose Thompson and brothers Raymond and Edward Walsh. John spent much of his last few months speaking about his parents, siblings and friends from his youth in N.B., which he always referred to as “God’s country”.
John and Joyce met on a blind date exactly 62 years ago. They knew they had found the right life partners immediately and John proposed on their third date. They were married 6 months later. Marilyn was born within the first year of their marriage. John was a devoted husband and father who could always be counted on to be there when needed.
John retired from Stelco in 1989 after 36 years of service. He was a very hard worker who rarely missed a day's work. He valued the friendships he forged with his work colleagues and spoke fondly of many in the last few years.
Anyone who knew John would remember him as a friendly, sociable and outgoing individual with a heart of gold. He maintained this personality during his time in LTC. He was never happier than when he was talking and laughing with the staff who cared for him, many of whom he called “Angel” because he couldn't recall their names. It is ironic because angels are exactly what they turned out to be to the entire family.
The family sends heartfelt thanks to all the angels working on Cedar Terrace of St. Peter’s Residence at Chedoke as well as all support staff and Dr. O. Ayeni who took such good care of John during the last 3 years when they were unable to. You will never know how much you are appreciated and loved.
A memorial to celebrate John's life will take place at the Cresmount Funeral Home, 322 Fennell Ave. E. on Monday, November 29th from 10am until time of service at 11am. A light lunch will follow the service prior to his interment in Mt. Hamilton Cemetery. Proof of full vaccination, along with government issued ID, are mandatory to attend indoor funeral services for those age 12 and older. Masks are required. In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate donations to either St. Peter’s Residence at Chedoke or the Alzheimer’s Society.
Those who wish can attend via Live Stream on Monday at 11am by visiting www.cresmountfennellchapel.com
Celebration of Life
Monday, 29 November , 2021
John Peter Walsh
23 November 2021
Dear Joyce and Marilyn I have many memories of Uncle Johnny.
He was a very kind, generous and caring man.
Every time we were together over the years he would mention how he cradled me on his knee as a child.
He was always so kind with my boys, laughing and joking.
He will be missed and we Loved him Dearly.
Marianne, David (Jacob & Kirsty) & Michael, Elana & Miles.
Rowena & Allison Chase
22 November 2021
We are really going to miss Uncle Johnny. Even though we were separated by miles, we thought of him often and how he was always making us laugh. I will always remember his teasing ways and the nick names he had for me. R.I.P.- you have earned your wings.
22 November 2021
My sincere condolences to Aunt Joyce and Marilyn. I am Rose's Granddaughter and Uncle Johnny was my Great Uncle. Nanny Rose always spoke lovingly about him.
I remember calling him late in the 1990s when doing some family history. From that Christmas until a few years ago I received a Christmas card from him every year. When my twins were born 16 years ago he sent me a card and a gift. He was a very thoughtful man, and I always appreciated the efforts he made to keep in touch with me and my family back in New Brunswick.
With deepest sympathy,