Patrick (Paddy) Leo Walsh of Dalton, beloved son, brother, father, uncle, cousin and friend to many, died at the family home in Dalton on Sept. 15 after a debilitating illness. Patrick was the son of the late Robert E. Walsh and Nancy Calpin Walsh. His mother preceded him in death on July 29.
Patrick was a proud veteran of the United States Army and of the 1st Battalion 109th Field Artillery of the Pa. National Guard. He led his platoon with integrity and kindness and consistently honored the memory and the family of Sherwood Baker, who lost his life during the unit's deployment in Iraq.
That same integrity and kind spirit filled Patrick's relationships with all others. Employed by Herff Jones until the company closed its Scranton plant, Patrick's ability to combine a tireless work ethic with a wonderful spirit of joy and comradery made every day at work better than one would anticipate. Most recently, Patrick worked as a machinist for Process Technologies where he shared the same commitment to excellence and teamwork. Paddy also shared his leadership skills and work ethic with the Cub Scout pack that he led for several years.
It is difficult to underestimate the impact that Patrick has had on the world. As a son he was a devoted caretaker of his mother until both he and his mother required hospitalization. As the father of George (Arianna) and Timothy Walsh, he parented with boundless love and understanding. No matter what the challenge, both George and Timmy knew their Dad was forever in their corner.
Erin, Bob and Eileen Walsh mourn the loss of a brother who always seemed "too good to be true." He loved them unconditionally and brought joy to every family occasion.
An uncle to Winnie, Katie and Peggy Duffy, Paddy would travel hours to support their endeavors in art, theater and sports. He handled his nieces' complaints of bullies in school with the same leadership and kindness that he handled all confrontations. As the great-uncle of Eleanor, Cecilia and Joe he brought incalculable joy to their lives. The glee with which they announced, "Uncle Paddy is here!" was only matched by his joy in their antics and activities.
Patrick is also survived by his former wife, Sheila McDonough, with whom he shared sons, George and Timothy.
The funeral Mass for Patrick and for his mother Nancy Walsh will be held Saturday at 10 a.m. at St. Patrick's Church, 1403 Jackson St. There will be no viewing.
In accordance with his wishes he has been cremated. Friends may call at the church from 9 a.m. until Mass begins.
A celebration of Patrick and Nancy's lives will be held at a later date. Arrangements, Neil W. Regan Funeral Home Inc.