John “Jack” J. Walsh, Jr, 89, long time Bristol resident, widower of Margaret “Peggy” Ann (Ward) Walsh died on Monday, September 7, 2020 at Edgehill in Stamford. Jack was born in Bristol on April 19, 1931 and was the son of the late John Joseph, Sr. and Arline (Quinlan) Walsh. Jack was raised in Thomaston and graduated from Thomaston High School in 1949 where he captained the basketball team. Jack graduated from Trinity College, Hartford in 1953 majoring in Mathematics. He received his Master’s Degree in Engineering from the University of Hartford in 1957 and his degree in Management Development from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in (1958). Jack served in the both the US Navy (1947-51) and US Air Force (1951-67). He entered the US Air Force through the ROTC Program as a Lieutenant. Jack had the distinction of serving in the US Navy and US Air Force concurrently. Jack spent the majority of his career in a variety of engineering and management roles at Northeast Utilities (Eversource) until his retirement in 1996. Jack married the love of his life Peggy Ward in 1959 and settled into Bristol where they raised their four children. Most important to Jack was his faith. He was devoted to his family and friends. He had a life-long love of sports, be it playing pickup basketball with his children or skiing into his 70’s, Jack enjoyed being active when it included his family. He was passionate about classical music and opera, enjoyed attending performances at Lincoln Center and, in retirement, visiting great opera houses around the world. Jack loved attending and celebrating the sporting events, concerts & recitals, and academic achievements of his children and grandchildren. Jack’s commitment to public service continued throughout his life. He served on the Board of Education in Bristol, President of the Lions Club, Chairman of the Mum Festival in 1970, Corporator of Bristol Hospital, co-chair of the 1993 United Way Campaign together with numerous nonprofit boards. Jack was most proud of 1970 Mum Festival where Bristol hosted the NBA Champion Boston Celtics and Philadelphia 76ers to a series of exhibition games as well as a parade witnessed by more than 40,000. Jack is survived by his son: Father Terrence Walsh of Christ the King Church in Trumbull; his daughter and son-in-law: Susan and Martin Bobroske of Colorado, and their three children: Katherine, Megan and Alexander; his son and daughter-in-law Timothy & Mary Walsh of Westport, and their three children, Allison Kaye and her husband Max-julian, Connor and Margaret; his son and daughter-in-law Brian and Maria Walsh of Fairfield, and their two children: Christopher and Emily; his sister Arline (Walsh) Lloyd of California; and numerous beloved nieces and nephews. A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at St Gregory the Great Church, 235 Maltby Street in Bristol on Friday, September 11, 2020 at 10:30 AM in accordance with permitted social distancing guidelines. Burial with military honors will follow at St Mary Star of the Sea Cemetery in Avon. Relatives and friends may call at Funk Funeral Home, 35 Bellevue Ave, Bristol on Thursday between the hours of 4 PM and 6 PM. A memorial service to celebrate Jack’s life will also be held in 2021. Funk Funeral Home is honored to serve the Walsh family. Memorial donations may be made to John & Peggy Walsh Memorial Scholarship at the Main Street Foundation, Attn: Susan Sadecki, 120 Halcyon Drive, P.O. Box 2702, Bristol, CT 06011-2702. Please visit Jack’s memorial site at FunkFuneralHome.com for further details.
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