William George Walsh Sr.
May 22, 1941 – July 28, 2020
William George Walsh Sr. was blessed with an abundance of leadership qualities. It would be accurate to say that this man was an outstanding luminary and that his natural abilities served him well. He held a clear sense of exactly what he expected from his day and was definitely most comfortable with an organized and structured lifestyle.
Bill was born on May 22, 1941 in Newark, New Jersey to Frank and Elsie Walsh. Bill was raised in New Jersey with his sister and five brothers and was brought up to be honest and self-confident. Even at a young age, Bill was known to have a positive influence on those around him. Even so, Bill had a mischievous side, and could be found causing trouble throughout his school years.
In a group of friends and acquaintances, Bill was typically the first person to take the initiative to go up and greet someone new. That quality made him very approachable by others throughout his life. This same quality brought Bill the reward of many friends.
In 1994, Bill exchanged wedding vows with Chun Cha Kim at Lake Tahoe. C.C. was a significant part of his life, and his secret to success was that he always kept the lines of communication open in the marriage and applied the important skill of being a good listener. Family and children were important to Bill, and he was blessed with four children, Bill Jr., Daniel, Brian, and Shauna. He was also blessed with four grandchildren, Billy III, Haylee, Katelynn, and Benjamin; and one great-grandson, Wesson. He was subtle and patient in his dealings when teaching the children right from wrong. Bill’s family was rounded out by his pet Shih Tzus, Bogey 1, 2, and 3.
After CC’s passing in 2018, his new found family at Rhodes Ranch played in interictal part in fighting his epic battle with pancreatic cancer and heart disease. Bill lived for Tuesday Taco Nights, the “boys only” monthly poker events, and Sunday gatherings at April’s Bar. The Rhodes Ranch family went so far as even having a Celebration of Life in his honor a few weeks before his passing where he was center stage in a comedy hour and karaoke. Bill was also blessed with a song written just for him called “Billy Woo” which he played over and over again during his final weeks of life. Without the love, kindness, friendship, and patience of these amazing people, Bill would not have been able to shine so brightly.
At work Bill was viewed as a natural leader. He was an Army Veteran, and worked as a medic. Bill’s life approach was all about order. As a CEO/COO in the gaming industry, he was great at developing strategies and made maximum progress with little wasted effort. Bill was also adept at uncovering new and more efficient ways of getting things done. He was able to establish and meet objectives and schedules through long range planning and was always able to keep the big picture clearly in sight. He was inducted to the Gaming Hall of Fame and also was the inventor of Nevada Style Pai Gow Poker, which is where he earned the name “Billy Woo.”
When Bill retired as CEO from his last casino in Iowa in 2010, he was well prepared. He found new pleasure in dancing and singing, as well as playing golf and taking his wife out to dinner and traveling. Throughout his life, Bill traveled to Istanbul, Ireland, China, London, Miami Beach, and many other countries. His adventurous side stayed with him. Retirement afforded him the time to enjoy those experiences and provided one more opportunity to look ahead at what life might offer him.
Bill passed away on July 28, 2020 at home in Las Vegas, Nevada after fighting a brave battle against cancer and heart problems for three years. He is survived by his children, Billy II, Danny, Brian and Shauna his grandchildren, Billy III, Katelynn, Haylee, and Ben; and his great-grandson, Wesson. Services will be held at Rhodes Ranch Golf Club under the arrangements of Palm Southwest Mortuary when we can once again gather as family and friends.
William George Walsh Sr. knew what he wanted from life and never hesitated in going after it. He could be characterized as a driven, loving individual, someone who understood the importance of achievement and even when others may not have agreed with his choices. Bill Walsh always did it his way!
No public services are scheduled at this time. Receive a notification when services are updated.
William George Walsh Sr.
August 10, 2020
God puts people on our path through life. I am Honored and Blessed He put you on mine! Every time I order a beer at the clubhouse, I will toast to you. But the shot's are mine!! JA JA JA JA!!! Our paths will cross again my friend. This I know. Fly high and straight!! We will meet in Valhalla and continue our conversations. And of course libations as well. Jesus did turn water into wine you know!!
Denise Marshall Talamantes
August 10, 2020
We love you Bill to the moon and back! You always were such a gentleman and always made us laugh. I’m so glad we were able to have your celebration of life at our home...center stage with your memories, jokes and a few songs too!
Rest In Peace now with your bride CC.
August 9, 2020
I still can't believe you are gone. I will miss your stories, watching old movies, you coming into a room and singing out loud. You loved me like your own and it made me so happy hearing you introduce me as your other daughter. You were a wonderful man. Rest in peace knowing that you touched many hearts and made lots of people happy.
Until we meet again.
August 9, 2020
Taylor pork roll,
Walking up you whistling in the mornings,
The songs we sang as children when we went on trips l.
Nanna uncle Joe and aunt Josephine coming out in the summers in Tahoe.
My sister calling you at work in a meeting to tattle that I was picking on her.
Holidays with Kathy and laurie in Carson city.
These are only a few of the good memories that I have dad. There are so many many more. There was nothing left to say between us we both knew It was all said in our last conversation.
I have a hard time letting go but I also understand that you missed her so much. I will come to terms with it. It just hurts right now. You will always be alive in my heart and I hope you found each other. You are sorely missed and will always be I will look out for my sister and family as I always have. I am glad you are at peace and found her.
August 9, 2020
I distinctly remember waking up at 7am on a Sunday morning to hear Dad singing the “Gold Finger” song from 007 “OG” version. As we decided to go to the clubhouse with our Sunday Funday shenanigans, the song carried throughout our day into the late afternoon. By 4:00pm everyone and their mother was bellowing GOLD FINGAAAA....
You always had the amazing way of lighting up a room and making others laugh when they were sad or feeling down.
Your smile, love, and infectious singing will be greatly missed. Love, your daughter, Shauna.
August 8, 2020
with much love from big brother, john. rest in peace and know
how much you were loved.
always your big brother, john.