SALEM – Mr. Thomas E. Walsh 89, of Salem, beloved husband of Ruth Ann (Moulison) Walsh, died peacefully, Saturday, January 14th, 2023.
Born in Salem, he was the son of the late Thomas L. and Doris (Whithey) Walsh. He was raised and educated in Salem and was a graduate of the former St. James School. He continued his education at St. John’s Preparatory School in Danvers.
An honorably discharged veteran, he served his country as a member of the United States Army.
Mr. Walsh had been employed with the City of Salem School Department for over 25 years as the Senior Custodian at Salem High School until the time of his retirement. He also worked as a courier for the city until he was 80. Earlier in his career, he worked as a milkman for HP Hood Milk Company for over 20 years — his favorite job. He was a hard-working gentleman, who did all within his ability to provide for his family.
A lifelong resident of Salem, Tom was an athlete from a young age and excelled in all sports. Baseball was his passion and he played for many years in men’s softball leagues and was revered for his skill and competitive nature. A lifetime member of the Ancient Order of Hibernians, Division 18 of Salem, he truly appreciated the camaraderie the club brought him. He enjoyed cooking, working in his yard and was a fervent fan of the New England Patriots and the Atlanta Braves baseball team. He had a special place in his heart for animals, especially his beloved dog, Barney and cat, Stitches. Above all else, he was devoted to his family; he was a loving husband, devoted father, doting grandfather and great grandfather who will be deeply missed.
Tom is survived by his beloved wife of 65 years, Ruth Ann (Moulison) Walsh of Salem, his daughters, Ann Marie Bergman and her husband, Paul, of Haverhill, Sue Pennell and her husband, Michael, of Haverhill, his son, Thomas F. Walsh and his girlfriend-companion, Melissa Rocheville of Beverly, his grandchildren, Keri, Jennifer, Kristen, Nils, Aedan, Colin, and Payton, his great grandchildren, Tyler and Keira, his sister, Marilyn McEachern and her husband, Joseph of Danvers, and several nieces and nephews. He was the brother of the late Lawrence Walsh.
ARRANGEMENTS: His Funeral Service will be held at O’Donnell Cremations – Funerals – Celebrations, 84 Washington Sq., (at Salem Common) SALEM, Saturday, Jan. 21st at 11 A.M. Relatives and friends invited. Burial in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Salem. Visiting hours Friday, Jan. 20th from 4 to 7 P.M. In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy may be made to Northeast Animal Shelter, 347 Highland Ave., Salem, MA 01970. To share a memory or offer a condolence, please visit www.odonnellfuneralservice.com
Northeast Animal Shelter
347 Highland Ave., Salem, MA 01970