Thomas F. Walsh
Tom was born in Millville, Massachusetts and resided in Cranston, Rhode Island for most of his life. He passed into eternal life on September 9, 2018 in peace at his home.
He is survived by his devoted wife of many years, Nancy (Cushing) Walsh; 3 children, Kathleen Walsh of Vail, Colorado, Kimberly Walsh of Enfield, New Hampshire, and Bryan Walsh of Cranston; grandson, Thomas C. Walsh of Vail, and sister Genevieve McCreary and of Plano, Texas. He was preceded in death by his parents James A. and Florence K. (Alyward) Walsh; brothers, James, Jonathan, and Michael; and sisters, Catherine Palumbo, Marguerite Walsh, Eileen Clarke, and Sheila Creek.
Tom served his country in the Marine Corps post World War II in China. He worked both in the real estate and the construction industries. He designed and built both of his residences in Cranston and Tamworth, New Hampshire. Tom was a multi-talented, jack-of-all-trades man, and an avid gardener who enjoyed his precious time with his family, whether it be on road trips, cycling outings, or out playing tennis. Tom could be heard cheering on his daughter Kim, as she competed as a nationally ranked triathlete in international championship competitions across the globe. He was often found hovering over or under a car with his son, Bryan, as they often rebuilt cars from the ground up. He enjoyed skiing with all his children and enthusiastically molded his young grandson’s skiing talents as they eagerly chased each other down the mountains. He proudly watched from afar as Thomas C. most recently competed at the 2018 Paralympic Games in South Korea.
Tom could be found volunteering alongside his wife as an usher for over 30 years at PPAC & 5 years at the The VETS. His desire to travel led him to extensively explore the U.S. and seek out adventures in many other countries with his wife, Nancy, as they forever partnered side by side in life. If he was not out and about, Tom could be found in his special chair where he quenched his thirst for knowledge through copious amounts of reading. A profound intellect, extraordinarily bright, intuitive, and self-motivated, Tom exemplified what it truly means to be a self-made man.
Tom was a faithful, selfless person, and always mindful to put his family and others ahead of himself. He was kind, forgiving, and consciously supportive in nature. Tom will be missed immensely.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Friday at 10:00am in the Immaculate Conception Church 237 Garden Hills Drive Cranston. Burial with Military Honors will follow in the Rhode Island Veteran Cemetery Exeter. Visitation will be held on Thursday from 5:00-7:00pm in The Butterfield Chapel 500 Pontiac Avenue Cranston.
In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to:
1. Green Mountain Valley School (GMVS): in memory of Thomas F. Walsh and in honor of Thomas C. Walsh. If you wish to make a donation online, please go to www.gmvs.org or send a check to: GMVS; 271 Moulton Road; Waitsfield, VT 05673
2. Ski & Snowboard Club Vail: Donations can be made online at www.supportsscv.org or call 970-790-5133. Donations will be made in honor of Thomas C. Walsh's grandfather.
Ruth Muller - 09/12/2018
Thinking of you all with your sad loss. Sending lots of love and prayers to you all from Perth Western Australia. x x x
John Curran - 09/13/2018
Bryan and family, sorry to hear about the passing of your dad.
helen decesare - 09/14/2018
sorry to her of the passing of tom nancy. my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family
Joyce Oakes -ESH - 09/17/2018
Bryan, I am so sorry for your loss.