OBITUARY

Walter Joseph McHendry

July 29, 1942October 16, 2020

Walter Joseph McHendry of Westlake Village, California passed away peacefully at his home on October 16th, 2020. He was surrounded by his adoring family, wife Sue, daughter Robin and son Matthew.

Walter was born in the Berkshire Hills of Pittsfield, Massachusetts to parents Edward and Agnes McHendry and older sister Phyllis. He attended local schools and was a regular participant in all activities at the Pittsfield Boys Club where he was named Youth of the Year in 1959. Walt credited the Boys Club for instilling in him the values of respect, hard work and fair play. At Pittsfield High School, Walt was recognized as the “All Berkshire Player” because he was an exceptional 3rd baseman with an incredible batting average. In basketball, he was the co-captain of his team and was awarded the Best Defensive Player award. Walt’s summers were spent working at Tanglewood, home of the Boston Symphony Orchestra. It was there where he acquired his appreciation for music. In 1960 Walt entered Lowell Technological Institute to earn a degree in industrial engineering. While there, he played baseball and joined the Omicron Pi fraternity. This brotherhood of lifelong friends continued until his passing. Upon graduating Walt joined the Pratt Whitney Aircraft Company in Connecticut. It was at this time he enlisted in the Army National Guard, attended officer candidate school, and was commissioned as an officer. In 1967 he married his college sweetheart Suzanne Wennik. Walt joined the Gillette Company in 1969 and traveled the world extensively during his 35-year career with Gillette. As the Director of Facilities and Administrative Services he was well known for his professionalism and expertise by those who worked with him.

Walt retired in 2007, then the joy of his life was being with his family, playing golf, enjoying friends, and being totally involved with his beloved grandchildren Kayden and Wyatt. Although his heart grew weaker and weaker and weaker, the love within his heart for his family, friends, neighbors, his god and his country, beat stronger than ever. Walt, also known to many as Papa will be missed immensely especially by his grandchildren who he devoted so much of his time.

A service for Walt will be held at St. Judes Catholic Church in Westlake Village on Monday, November 2nd at 10am. In lieu of flowers, the family wishes that a donation be made to St. Judes Catholic Church in Westlake Village.

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Doug Stagnaro

November 14, 2020

Walt and I met in September 1964 when we were freshman at Lowell Tech. We pledged O Pi Fraternity in 1965 and have been fraternity brothers ever since. Although graduation and our careers took us in different directions , our fraternity reunions over the past 25 years brought us back together. I have included a picture of our 1964 class brothers from the 2007 reunion hosted by Walt and Sue in Marina del Rey Ca. Walt also did a great job arranging golf for our 2019 Las Vegas reunion.
We will miss your amazing smile and personality at our future reunions. You will forever be in our thoughts and prayers.
Doug (Boog) /Carole Stagnaro

Kathie/Bill Costello

November 7, 2020

Dear Sue, hoping you remember us and our Matt on the soccer teams when the Matts were teens. Our Patrick lives in Agoura and forwarded Walts obit to me last week. Bill and I are so very sorry for this terrible loss. I know it’s been many years but I had to reach out because we always thought the world of you, Walt, and your wonderful kids. We fondly remember your adorable Dad too. We are in Bakersfield in central Kern county for 25 years courtesy of State Farm Ins! I have you and your family in my prayers. With loving thoughts, Bill and Kathie Costello

Jennifer Murasky

November 2, 2020

Your Bulldogs will miss you, Walt. No game is the same without you in charge of the scorebook. Wyatt will have these memories of you for a lifetime. We will save you a seat in the scorekeeper's box. You have touched so many people.
Jennifer and Andrew Murasky

Tom and Judy Johnson

October 31, 2020

In memory of Walt McHendry, a long time friend and Fraternity Brother.
He will be missed by the Brotherhood.

Dick and Carol Dauksys

October 30, 2020

Walt had many accomplishments throughout his life. Great high school and college athlete. Loved golf. Had a great career at Gillette Corporation. Travelled the world on his job. Married his college sweet hart, Sue, right on top of the list
Walt was also my brother, my fraternity brother. We have been in touch since 1962 when he was pledging Omicron Pi Fraternity at Lowell Technological Institute, Lowell, MA, and more actively the past 25 years when our O Pi group has been meeting every 2 years at cities though out the country. In 2007 Walt and Sue hosted a marvelous reunion in the Marina del Rey area of Los Angeles - lunches, dinners, golf, entertainment, the works.

Walt was always a giver. He gave of himself to his family, to his church, to his community, and to his O Pi brothers.
Quite a while back my sister-in-law was in need of a job. I mentioned this to Walt., I believe he was head of operations at Gillette at the time. My sis-in-law had the proper credentials, but I am sure that if Walt had not intervened with Human Resources, her resume would have ended up in File 13. Thanks, again, Walt.

I hope that all who read this memory have experienced the fun, cut-up side of Walt. The part of him that could light up a room with that patented smile and laugh of his. In this memory, I have included an O Pi Classic Photo of Walt (look closer and you will see Sue). I understand he was quite proud of the picture and had it framed and kept in his office at Gillette, ready to show it off to colleagues and customers, alike.

Wally, you will be missed dearly, but not forgotten. Ad infinitum.
Dick aka "Tick Toc" and Carol Dauksys


Joe Cummings

October 29, 2020

He was a beautiful soul. He was my Best Donuts buddy every weekend and heading up the Margarita Booth at St Jude's Octoberfest along with Sue. I will miss him so very much. What a great guy and Saturdays at the the donuts store will never be the same. Walt, I will miss you so very much. We have one more angel in heaven.

Phyllis Hubbard

October 29, 2020

I will also cherish the beautiful memories I have of Walter and I growing up as kids.

Phyllis

Larry and Valerie Knight

October 29, 2020

Sue, Robin, and Matt,
We are deeply saddened to hear of your great loss of Walt. Our many thoughts and prayers are with you. Although this time is very sad, as we think back over the years and reminisce about our families being so close, the tears change to smiles. Memories of our children together, like Robin and Dean going off to kindergarten at Sanborn, or Matt and Craig doing their synchronized swim. The many backyard barbeques, the numerous Little League games, and the miles that Wally and Larry ran together preparing for their 10K races bring good thoughts. Walt and Larry enjoyed taking the boys to Red Sox games. On Halloween, they had fun taking the kids trick or treating. They would load up on grenades (beers furnished by our friendly neighbors) and the kids enjoyed their candy as they passed through the neighborhood. We celebrated happy New Year's Eves together. Our trip to Cooperstown was a highlight along with the laughs we had at Walt's expense after Robin accidently spilled soda on what Walt said was his last clean shirt. We still remember Matt shouting ET phone home out the window as you rolled away. Craig was thrilled when Walt and you invited him to attend the 1984 Olympics.
We reunited in Boston, during your bicoastal years, and enjoyed going to The Boston Pops Esplanade 4th of July performances, thanks go to Walt for obtaining the VIP tickets. The Boston Christmas tree lightings at the Prudential were special. We remember the St. Patrick's day parade and the dinner cruise during the Sail Boston 2000 celebration. Larry and Walt traveled by train to the first Patriot's game in Gillette Stadium. The last few years we have been meeting at Vitello's in Studio City. That was our plan this year too; however, the pandemic changed that.
We have so many fond memories. We feel blessed to have had you and Walt as an integral part of our lives.
Love, Prayers, and Memorable Smiles,
Val and Larry

Monica Sayre

October 28, 2020

Dear Sue,
The Sayres obviously knew you better than your sweet husband, Walt, as Sue McHendry will always remain William & Steph's favorite teacher (Fran was a close 2d!) My memories of Walt occurred much later than that. I remember the two of you making a surprise appearance at the baby shower for our first grandson, Evan. Boy was William excited! Steph & I were happy we ran into you & invited you. It was so obvious that Walt was itching to become a grandpa. The two of you were just about as excited as we were. I experienced that excitement every single morning when I picked up donuts when I had Evan and later when Kayden and Wyatt arrived in your lives and would make the morning trip to Steve's Best donuts with their grandpa (yes, definitely the best!) I remember the pictures Steve took of Kayden and Evan when Walt and I happened to arrive at the same time. We later shared stories about having our grandkids spend the night and whatever places we went with them. God and family were joined at the hip in Walt's life - and your lives together. You have been greatly blessed. I'm so sorry to hear that you, Robin and family, and Matt now have this physical void - rest assured that he will be experiencing every joy with you and attempt to heal the hardships that will come into your lives. Our love is with you now and always!
Monica, Jim, Steph, and the William Sayre families

John Thevenot

October 27, 2020

I will always remember Walt. He was truly one of the best people I ever met. To me a true reflection of a man is their family and how they treat others and in both Walt was a champion. My fondest memories will be celebrating his birthday each summer during baseball tournaments and turning in the lineup card to him. He was so into it and as we got to know each other it became something I looked forward to just as much as coaching the kids. He would just be so happy to be there watching his grandson play ball. Thinking back on it makes me smile.

So Walt my friend, this is me turning in my last lineup card to you. My family and I will miss you, may you rest in peace.

The Thevenot's

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