Services for Gordon Walsh, Jr., Real Estate Broker and Insurance Manager, Veteran, Rotarian

Gordon L. Walsh Jr., 92 of Ridgefield, passed away peacefully at home, August 12, 2022. He was the beloved husband of Joan Oliver Walsh.

Gordon was born September 24, 1929, in Norwalk, CT; son of the late Louise and Gordon Walsh Sr., Gordon graduated from Greenwich High School and the University of Missouri, after which he attended the U.S. Army Officer Candidate School and was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the service branch medical. From 1952 to 1954, he was assigned to the 1st Army Infantry Division, based in Schweinfurt, Germany. After military service, he was employed by Aetna Insurance Company in Schenectady, NY, where he met Joan on a blind date arranged by an ex-Army pal. They married a year later in June 1956 in Albany, NY.

In 1965, he and Joan moved to Ridgefield to raise their growing family. Gordon joined his father, Gordon, Sr., in the Gordon Walsh agency, which Gordon, Sr. had established in 1948. A resident of Ridgefield ever since, Gordon was a real estate broker and insurance manager. From the late 1940s to the early 2000s, the Gordon Walsh Agency was a Ridgefield Main Street landmark, located next to City Hall. It was often added to paintings and murals detailing central Ridgefield.

He served one term as president of the Ridgefield Board of Realtors and for many years was a Ridgefield Rotarian. He coached little league baseball and was a longtime youth ice hockey referee. Gordon was a longtime Eucharistic minister and faithful member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Ridgefield.

Gordon’s universe was his family. He enjoyed planning summer trips, whether to the beach in New Jersey or driving across the country and visiting national monuments. He also spent countless hours on the sidelines or in the stands encouraging his children and later grandchildren through all types of sports, scouting, events and extracurricular activities throughout their career. life. From Little League baseball fields in the 60s and 70s, then with his grandchildren, back to Little League and football fields and the RHS swimming pool, RHS basketball court, hockey rink RHS ice cream, to dance recitals, to school plays, always encouraging or offering a shoulder for comfort. The next generation, wherever they are, will miss the greatest coach and cheerleader of all time.

Gordon is survived by his wife of 66 years, Joan, and their seven children: Kevin Walsh (Dina), Susan Bartolucci (Fred), Sharon Hodges (Charles), Karen Barger (Bruce), Michael Walsh (Trish), Patrick Walsh (Kathleen), Christopher Walsh (Betsy). Additionally, Gordon is survived by 16 grandchildren. In addition to his parents, Gordon was predeceased by his sister, Mary Ellen Kilcran.

A Christian Burial Mass will be celebrated on Monday, August 22, 2022 at 1:00 p.m. at St. Mary’s Church; 55 Catoonah Street, Ridgefield. Interment will be private, there will be no call out times.

Contributions in Gordon’s memory may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, http://www.alz.org

Kane Funeral Home is taking care of the arrangements.