OBITUARY

William Dwight Walsh

November 30, 1939October 2, 2020
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William Dwight Walsh of Plano, Texas passed away at the age of 80 on Friday evening, October 2, 2020 at his home. Bill was born November 30, 1939, son and eldest child of his father Dwight Walsh and his mother Jeanette (Brown) Walsh. He graduated from Mitchell College of Long Island University with a degree in Business and worked at the Coast Guard Supply Center in Brooklyn, NY where he met his wife. He married Elaine (Burleigh) Walsh of Brooklyn, NY, on June 5, 1965 at Our Lady Of Angels Church in Brooklyn. They left Brooklyn in 1977 with their three children and moved to New Providence, NJ. In 1988 the family relocated to Plano where they have enjoyed the past 32 years. Bill was Quality Control Manager for JCPenney and left the company in 1992. He enjoyed a second career as a Merchandise Representative and retired in the early 2000s. In retirement Bill enjoyed casual careers as a substitute teacher with the Plano Independent School District and as a courtesy driver with Sam Pack Ford. The groups and causes he supported are too great to name individually. He was a loyal supporter of his country and his loved ones throughout his life. Bill is survived by his daughter Laura (husband Phil) Ladewig of Dallas, TX, son Tom (wife Michelle) Walsh of Austin, TX, daughter-in-law Amy Walsh of Baltimore, MD and his seven grandchildren Mackenzie Walsh, Sean Walsh, Kelly Walsh, Abigail Ladewig, Paige Ladewig, Patrick Walsh and Marlowe Walsh. Bill is preceded in death by his sister Mary Lou, his wife Elaine, his parents and his son: Brian Dwight Walsh who passed away in 2012. Bill’s love of people and relationships knew no bounds. His ability to connect to people and keep that connection is a marvel in today’s disconnected world. Either via phone, email or USPS, Bill would send notes to his friends and family to make sure they knew he was thinking about them. He loved a good time in a small group or large gathering and made anyone he met, feel like they were the only person in the room. He truly loved life. A visitation will be held Friday October 9th from 11:00-12:30, at the Ted Dickey West Funeral Home, 7990 President George Bush Turnpike, Dallas, TX 75252. A procession will follow immediately from the Funeral Home for an outdoor service at 1:45 at the DFW National Cemetery, 2000 Mountain Creek Pkwy, Dallas, TX 75211. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Special Olympics of Texas at https://www.sotx.org/.

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  • Visitation

    Friday, October 9, 2020

  • Interment

    Friday, October 9, 2020

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Matthew Bowen

October 25, 2020

Bill and I became friends through men's fellowship groups at Prince of Peace, and we enjoyed many conversations over coffee, faith discussions and prayers. Bill loved Elaine and his family very much as was a very proud father and grandfather. We all appreciated Bill's insights at our meetings and we have wonderful memories of him. I will keep Bill and his family in my prayers and I look forward to seeing him again in Paradise. Matt Bowen

Amanda Valentini

October 9, 2020

I was privileged to grow up knowing Bill as Mr. Walsh and now that we have kids, Uncle Bill. He spoke the eulogy at my father’s funeral and I’ll never forget his words. There would be random letters and photos sent to me in college and into adulthood. Not hearing from “UB” through a personal email or letter will leave a void in my life. Bill was a man of many words and a constant cheerleader for me and my families (plural for Patterson and Valentini). My heart is saddened by the loss of Elaine and now Bill. But I know, just as he said 25 years ago at my father’s funeral, my dad will have the Heaven routine down so he could show Bill how to do it when he got there. Rest Easy, UB.

Corinne Kowalski

October 7, 2020

On June 10th of this year my husband Tom and I celebrated ours and Bill's and Elaine's wedding anniversary. Theirs was June 5th and ours the 10th. Their date was quite unique 6/5/65. It was their 55th and our 59th. We had done this several times over the years. Never in my wildest dreams would I think it was their last. My heart aches for their children and grandchildren . God Bless.

John Rovi

October 7, 2020

Bill was a great friend who helped me more then he'll ever know...
Rest In Peace my friend

Carolyn & Jim Browne

October 6, 2020

We lost one of our best friends this week. It was heartbreaking to his family and many friends. It happened about 2 1/2 months after Bill lost his "very best friend, is wife Elaine."

After we heard this sad news, Jim and I watched a video of a 2011 Mediterranean Cruise Elaine had planned and executed with all of us laughing, joking and loving every minute together. It was so wonderful to see Bill and Elaine alive and well and enjoying life. Their close friends Tom and Corrine Kowalski had put this video together which included the photos we all had taken in Rome, Sicily, Turkey, Greece, etc. There were many of these wonderful trips that Bill and Elaine had organized over the years together with groups of friends. It made us really happy thinking about how much they loved it besides their friends enjoying all the time spent together in a new place. The most recent was Bill's 80th birthday celebration with their children.) Of course, the tragedy of losing their wonderful son, Brian (Jim's godson) was a heavy burden to carry. As everyone is saying, now there is "a grand reunion" in heaven.

Bill was incredible at keeping in touch with probably 100 close friends--texts, emails, phone calls, sending photos and news clippings in manila envelopes, Christmas cards, dinners and get-togethers, etc. Our three daughters are part of his fan club. We would guess the average person has 3 or 4 close friends. If you have 10, you are extraordinary. Bill had at least 100, all ages and walks of life. That is super-extraordinary! And we are all heartbroken to lose this super-extraordinary person.

Our love and prayers to Laura and Tom, the spouses and all the grandchildren.

Marty & Kris Sapko

October 6, 2020

Our deepest sympathy to your family during this sad and difficult time in your lives. Marty worked with Bill at Sam Pack Ford. He really enjoyed working with him. Since we returned to our home in Pennsylvania, he kept in contact with us through Facebook. We also got a Christmas card from him and your mom every year. He was one great guy and will be missed by those who were fortunate to have known him. May your cherished memories keep his legacy alive and help ease your pain. May GOD bless your family. Rest In Peace Bill.

Robert Soudant

October 6, 2020

When we were all young and in the Fall had the opportunity to visit Bill & Elaine's cottage in Niantic, CT the highlight was when Bill led the children (usually from several families) on a very scary trip down the "Secret Road" At the end of the road was a "closed for the season" beach club with over 100 small changing rooms. The kids (all under 10) would listen to Bill's scary story about what lay behind the doors and then he would disappear. The kids would run like crazy up and down the aisles trying to find Uncle Bill. Occasionally the adults would make a scary sound from one of the rooms.. Forty-Five years later those now very adult children who were there still remember Uncle Bill and his Secret Road.

Edel Blumberg

October 5, 2020

Wow what a heartbroken time for me. I spoke with Bill often as late as last Tuesday at length. He conveyed his challenge without Elaine & Brian, only because as he said to me did he mind having someone listen to him vent. What a great human being. What a "real man", honest, strong, soft and sound! After Brian passed we kept in constant touch and saw each other when in Baltimore. I've been speaking to him every week or so since Elaine passed. So I will miss him, miss his confidence in our friendship, miss his sports talk but most importantly I will miss his ever lasting phrase he always said to me.........."luv you man!" I can't believe I will never hear that pass his lips again. Bill...."luv you man!"

Rick Duttenhofer

October 5, 2020

First met the Walsh family through Brian back in 77 or 78, and I can honestly say to this day, Mr Walsh was the nicest and kindest man I’ve ever met. Whether in his home, on the diamond or at the stadium watching his beloved Jets, he always made you feel like you were a Walsh. Lucky are those who crossed his path . 🍀

Suzette Foster

October 5, 2020

We met Bill yrs ago at Sammons jazz for the arts event. He was so kind and friendly we quicky became friends. Over the yrs we connected at several other jazz events around the Dallas area. We will miss his always smiling face.

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