Kathleen Walsh Drake

December 16, 1949January 4, 2021

Kathleen Walsh Drake, 71, of Falmouth, ME, and Bonita Springs, FL, passed peacefully at Gosnell Hospice in Scarborough, ME, on January 4, 2021, after a long and courageous battle with breast cancer. Kathy was born on December 16, 1949, in Hamden, CT, as one of six children to John and Phyllis Walsh. She is predeceased by: her parents; her stepmother, Loretto Fitzgerald Walsh; her younger brother, Brian and her infant sister, Mary. After graduating from Hamden High School, Kathy ventured north to Green Mountain Junior College, VT, then transferred to Sweet Briar College, VA, graduating in 1972. Living in Boston, she worked for Cahners Publishing before moving to Washington, D.C., where she worked for The Congressional Quarterly. She met her future husband, David, through her roommate and future sister-in-law, Pamela Drake McCormick.

Kathy and David married in 1977 and settled in Falmouth, ME. Kathy worked in the printing industry until starting a family. Her greatest enjoyment was her four daughters and their families: Elizabeth “Liz” (Robert) Perkins of Norwell, MA; Hadley (Justin) Nixon of Durham, NC; Courtney (Nicholas) Farrell of Yarmouth, ME; Virginia “Jen” (William) Robinson of Falmouth, ME; and nine grandchildren. Some of the favorite family memories include summers spent sailing the coast of Maine.

While raising her family, Kathy was involved in many community educational and medical organizations. As a long-time Corporator of the Maine Medical Center, she also served on many of its volunteer boards. She was a member of numerous committees at the Waynflete School and Falmouth High School. She organized auctions and was dedicated to various athletic pursuits. Kathy had a competitive spirit and was a regular fixture on the sidelines during her daughters’ sporting events.

Born between two brothers, Kathy was a fearless tomboy, who excelled at any sport she attempted. In college, she played basketball and lacrosse, but her favorite pursuit was golf. She was on many committees at the Portland Country Club, where she was devoted to providing women equal status on and off the golf course. In Florida, where she spent her winters, she had similar goals as she served on the Board of Directors and chaired the Golf Committee at the Pelican’s Nest Golf Club. She loved to play with novice golfers to introduce them to her passion. In addition, she enjoyed joining more accomplished golfers, winning many tournaments over the years. By the end of her career, Kathy amassed 18 Women’s Club Championships in both the northern and the southern venues.

Kathy made friends wherever she went and had a core group of eleven Sweet Briar friends that she gathered with on a regular basis. She loved to travel… quite often with golf clubs. She had the opportunity to play numerous times in Scotland and Ireland. In her final year, she was fortunate to experience the adventure of a lifetime on a golf-safari to South Africa. This past summer, despite the disruptions of 2020, she was also able to celebrate her birthday in Vermont on the shores of Lake Champlain with her daughters, sons-in-law, and grandchildren.

Kathy is survived by: her husband of 43 years, David H. Drake; her brothers, James O. (Marsha) Walsh and John J. (Marcie) Walsh; her sister-in-law, Kelly Walsh; her sister, Karen W. Reidy and her step-siblings, Karen Fitzgerald and Kevin J. (Jill) Fitzgerald.

Due to the limitations of the current pandemic, a celebration of life will be postponed to the summer. In remembrance of Kathy, donations can be made to Sweet Briar College, Development Office, PO Box 1057, Sweet Briar, VA, 24595; Maine State Golf Association Scholarship Fund, 58 Val Halla Road, Cumberland, ME, 04021; or a charity of your choice.

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  • Maine State Golf Association Scholarship Fund
  • Sweet Briar College, Development Office
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January 19, 2021


Jean Matteson

January 15, 2021

Today my brother, Paul Matteson, who lives in Portland,
Maine, called to share with me the very sad
news of Kathy’s passing. My heart is broken as my mind is flooded with wonderful memories of Kathy. The reason is simple. Kathy was my best childhood friend.
We slowly lost touch as the years passed but in elementary school we were best friends! She was my other half as we grew up through the years of second grade thru 8th grade. We were inseparable companions throughout grammar school.
The Walsh family welcomed me into their family as one of their own and I probably spent more time at Kathy’s house then I did at my own. I remember when the family bought a new house and moved from the house on the little hill to the much larger house down the street (I think maybe the name of the street was Santa Fe). I remember their dog “Tuffy” and her siblings. I remember the fantastic summer trip the family took up north to possibly, New Hampshire. I had my first ever meat ball sandwich on that trip!
Kathy and I had wonderful times together and I have
very special memories of the many adventures we shared together. I have so many memories of the trips we took and the sports events we entered. Kathy and I were always playing sports together and competing against others, especially in tennis. We competed against each other and Kathy usually won. No matter what, we were always “best buddies.”
Youth is a great time of life and Kathy and I made
the most of it. We were a bit mischievous but why not? As they say, we were wild and free and traveled Hamden wherever and whenever we wanted!
Together we played sports, rode bikes, played tennis, swam at the High Lane Club, water skied, went to parties, went ice skating and snow skiing, took school trips, and enjoyed life together as “best friends.”
My memories of our times together and Kathy’s family, are many, and I am so very thankful that Kathy Walsh was my best friend for those special years.
It was the "best of times."

Sandi and David Whiston

January 10, 2021

David and I were saddened by the news of Kathy's passing. We remember her friendly smile and strong handshake. We remember admiring her abilities on the golf course. We remember the love and pride she had in her family.

Kathy was a genuinely lovely person. She will be missed.

We send our sincere sympathy and respect to David and the entire family.

Sandi and David Whiston

Anne Pringle

January 10, 2021

We were so very sorry to learn from Robin of Kathy’s passing . I will always remember that beautiful face, smile, and the energy and enthusiasm that always flowed from her. Even though we didn’t see her that often, usually at the Whitten’s or some Museum event, it was always a delight to reconnect with Kathy.

Harry joins me in sending our deepest sympathy to David, “the girls”, and your extended family. We will always carry a vivid memory of Kathy...


Deborah Snite

January 5, 2021

There was no finer friend on land or sea. “ I must go down to the sea again ...and all I ask is a merry yarn from a laughing fellow-rover and a quiet sleep and a sweet dream when the long trick’s over”.

Melissa Allen

January 5, 2021

Virginia was one of the very first friends that our daughter Amanda made at Waynflete school. It was obvious that she had a wonderful mom and dad and family. Virginia had the best smile just like her mom Kathy Drake. Kathy was loved by all of us and became a huge role model for the parents at the sporting games and school functions. I would like to thank the entire Drake family for their kindness through the years and inclusiveness. You raised an absolutely beautiful family and Kathy should be incredibly proud of her daughters and grandchildren. Her light will live on through all of them. Sending love and hugs to all. Love, Melissa and Jimmy