OBITUARY

Megan Walsh

December 22, 1977December 19, 2020

Megan Walsh, of Marblehead, formerly of Andover, passed away on 12/19/2020, after a lifetime battle with kidney disease and complications from pancreatitis, with her loving parents by her side. Megan grew up in Andover and graduated from Andover High School, Class of 1997. Megan had four kidney transplants and many other surgeries at Boston Children's Hospital where she met and made lifelong friends especially in the dialysis unit where she had been the last 10 years. Her nurses there were her second family and she loved each one dearly. When she moved to Marblehead she got involved with the Penny Bear a nonprofit, and joined Anchor to Windward an adult with special needs group. There she met her forever friends. Her favorite times when she was feeling well were the family vacations to Ireland, Hawaii, Walt Disney World and Prince Edward Island. She loved her times spent with the Mount Auburn Girls and their families especially Turkorama and the trip to NYC. She spent summers on the Cape where she met the Mark sisters, forming a 40 year friendship. Megan loved to tell stories, and enjoyed just sitting on the porch visiting with family, ATW friends and book club meetings with her friend Courtney. If you had a dog you became instant best friends. She was a courageous young woman who fought so many health battles with her own personal dedication, desire and determination to get better and inspired all those she met. She will surely be missed.

We want to thank all the people, Doctors, and Nurses we met along this journey, especially the Renal Doctors and Dialysis Nurses at Boston Children's Hospital. We also thank the Child life Specialists, the Clowns and the virtual pet visits that helped her treatments go easier. Megan was the beloved daughter of Ro and Judy Walsh of Marblehead.

She was predeceased by her loving grandparents, Gram and Pa Leman and Bubba and Grampy Walsh. Megan was the dear niece of Brenda and Michael McCarthy of Burlington, Paul and Peggy Walsh of Marblehead, and Janet Walsh of Lowell, the grand-niece of Anne Mullarkey of Ennis, Ireland, the loving cousin of Sean and Monica McCarthy of Reading, Matt and Julie McCarthy of Reading, Sheila Peretti and her son Will of Madrid, Spain, Mackenzie Ferguson of San Diego, California, the amazing auntie to Aarya, Kellan, Lienn and Ciaran McCarthy whom she loved dearly, all her Irish cousins, and many other aunts, uncles and cousins.

She was also the dearest friend to Eileen, Liz, Paula, Susan, Ted, Mary, Pat, John and their families, dearest friend to Digna, Alice, Brigid and Breegan, most loving friend to Matt Richardson who made her feel very special, and leaves her faithful companion her dog Booma Bay.

Due to the pandemic and Covid restrictions services are private. A celebration of Megan's life will be held at a later date.

Anyone that's interested may make a donation in Megan's name to Boston Children's Hospital Special Renal Fund, Renal Dialysis Program, 300 Longwood Ave., Boston, MA 02155, or to Anchor to Windward, 74 Atlantic Ave., Marblehead, MA 01945.

Remember to become an organ donor. It could save someone's life like Megan's!

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Mary (Collins) O’Connell

January 8, 2021

Ro and Judy,
I was so saddened to hear from my brother Jimmy, of Megan’s passing. Reading the memories of her friends and family, Megan has made an indelible mark on many peoples lives which is a tribute to you both. Sending you love, peace and comfort ....Mary

Kristen Priven

January 6, 2021

I am so grateful for having the opportunity to get to know Megan. I loved being able to hear about her love of dogs and seeing her enjoy virtual therapy dog visits was a highlight of my week! I will miss these times so much. Sending your family lots of love, strength, and joyful memories during this time. With warmth, Kristen Priven

Jill Twomey-McLaughlin

January 4, 2021

Mr. and Mrs. Walsh,
Sending you my thoughts and prayers at this time. Thank you for letting me share in Megan's life. She will always be in my heart.
With Friendship,
Jill Twomey-McLaughlin

Robyn Snyder

January 4, 2021

Judy and Ro,
I'm so very, very sorry for your loss. Megan was such a fixture in the dialysis unit! I loved spending time with her, chatting about all things Disney, hearing the latest about her nieces and nephews, getting her feedback on new initiatives on the unit, and helping her plan her wedding. I think I'll always be able to hear her saying, "How're the kids?", as she always asked about them and loved seeing their pictures. Megan was always willing to help a student, patient, new volunteer, or other visitor orient to dialysis - she never minded having them observe her getting accessed or asking questions. Even with all her challenges, she was so giving! I can promise you that she will never, ever be forgotten; she made a positive impact on so many! As we say in the Jewish religion, may Megan's memory be a blessing. I will keep you and your family in my thoughts.
Sending Hugs,
Robyn

Robert DeGregorio

January 1, 2021

Ro & Judy,

We want to extend our deepest sympathy to you on the loss Megan. I remember when you brought her to my condo, in Colonial Village, where Bert & I were living and we had a little cookout together, (I believe her first); I remember all the Merrimack Basketball games that you would bring her to and how she grew over the years because of the loving care she received from the both of you. She had an exceptional life despite all of the bumps that lied in her path. 40 years, 40 years of courage, of memories, so that she will always be in your hearts & minds. May Megan rest in peace and may you both find comfort that she is in the hands of God.

Bob & Michele DeGregorio

Susan Clark

December 29, 2020

Dear July and Ro,

My heart is very heavy for the two of you right now. Megan was a shining light with more courage than anyone I have ever met. May she rest in peace. My thoughts and prayers are with you. I have always had the utmost admiration for all of you.

Stephen Curran

December 27, 2020

Ro & Judy,
So sorry for your loss. Thinking of you and your family during this difficult time. I’m sure Megan has run into Bert up in Heaven and they are sharing some laughs!!
I was always amazed by her enthusiasm, bravery, and optimism.
Definitely a role model- thank you.

God bless🙏🏼🙏🏼.
Steve Curran

Greg Herenda and Family

December 27, 2020

Megan has been an angel on earth for forty incredible years and she is now with them all in heaven ......
She was as tough and fearless as anyone I’ve ever known and she never let anything get in her way .......
Megan had the greatest parents who were with her every step of the way through all the good and the most difficult times .......
Now, God wanted Megan with him for Christmas and she is where He wanted her to be .....
Her spirit will live on forever with everyone that came to know her while she was on this earth ......
She will continue to be an inspiration to all us from the heavens above .......
God bless Megan and let her now
rest in peace ......

With deepest sympathy,
Greg Herenda and Family


Michael Ferolito

December 26, 2020

Ro and Judy,
We are very sorry for your loss. We have wonderful memories of Megan and Ro bringing Irish bread to our home that Judy had baked for the Christmas season. Megan lifted our spirits with her sense of humor, courage and strength. What a remarkable person she was. We are praying for you.
Love,
Michael and Lesley Ferolito



William Dacey

December 24, 2020

Sorry for your loss. You are in our thoughts and prayers.