GUILDERLAND – John F. Walsh, Jr., 59, of Guilderland, passed away on Friday, March 8, 2019. John was born in Rockville Center, NY, the son of the late John F. Walsh, Sr. and Margaret Mulholland Walsh. His family moved to Guilderland when he was a child. He was a graduate of Guilderland High School, Hudson Valley Community College, and Clarkson University. After graduating, John moved to Cleveland where he was introduced to his future wife and was “adopted” by the Crowleys. John was employed as a civil engineer by Kubricky Construction, BBL, Burt Crane & Rigging, Kiewit Eastern, before retiring to fulfill his dream of being his own boss. John’s sometimes serious nature camouflaged his heart of gold and great passion for his children, his family, his friends, and his work. His skill at measuring people gave him a circle of loyal and lifelong friends, with which he shared his quick wit and never missed an opportunity to tell a joke.
John is survived by his better half Margaret “Peggy” Crowley Walsh; his children Anne K. Walsh of Boston, MA, and Sean T. Walsh of Guilderland; his siblings and their spouses Kathy and Marty Moakler, Patti and Rich Praetorius, Janet and Len Clickman, Margaret Walsh, Sharon and Fritz Carter, Noreen and Ken Hoose, and Tracy and Ken DeRagon; and by many beloved nieces, nephews, great nieces, and great nephews. He was predeceased by his brother in law Ron Grippe.
Funeral services will be held in the Hans Funeral Home, 1088 Western Ave., Albany, Tuesday morning at 9:00 a.m., and from there to Christ the King Church, 20 Sumter Ave., Guilderland at 10:00 a.m. Relatives and friends are invited, and may call at the funeral home Monday from 4-8 p.m. The parish family of Christ the King Church will gather in the funeral home at 4:30 pm Monday for a service of prayer and remembrance. All are welcome. Interment will be in Most Holy Redeemer Cemetery, Niskayuna. His most recent passion was encouraging young students to gain technical skills and consider skilled trades, in memory of John please encourage someone to be open to opportunities outside of the traditional classroom. In memory of John’s mother, those who wish may make memorial contributions to The Teresian House, teresianhouse.org. To leave a message of condolence for the family or obtain directions to the funeral home, please visit www.HansFuneralHome.com.
Click here to view John’s resting place in Most Holy Redeemer Cemetery, Niskayuna, NY 12309.
Was not really sure about Johns personality when I first meant him. After working with him for many years I found a funny, compassionate man. Once you were Johns friend, you would have a friend for life. He was a good friend and you knew he would always have your back. He was the best joke teller I had ever encountered, and he would have us all in stitches, laughing till we cried! My thoughts and prayers are with you, Peggy, Annie, Sean and Johns entire family. RIP John, you will be so missed!
Dear Walsh family
So sorry for your loss. My prayers and thoughts are with you all
To the Walsh Family,
My thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. May the peace of our Loving God be with you as you mourn your brother, John.
I will miss our deck conversation and your company, I looked so forward to the August clambake. The laugh we had with your quick wit. The enthusiastic way you would talk about the Giants either positively or negatively and, that would lead to a story about tailgating at the game. Next time I am at the Lake I will lift a glass of ” Poison” in a toast to you, John. You will be deeply missed.
Janet and all your family,
So sorry for your loss. I know your large family was close and a great joy to behold. I wish you continued comfort and lifelong happy memories of John.
Thoughts and prayers,
Deb & Rick
Peggy, Annie & Sean,
When I first met John I had no idea how to take him. After years of working together and really getting to know him did you realize his true personality. He was smart, funny and so caring. Loved his family and friends and always knew how to make you smile. So saddened to hear of his passing. My thought and prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time. John was their for me when I lost my father, reminding me what life was about and that everything we went through was for a reason. RIP John you will be forever missed.
I am so very sorry to hear of John’s passing. I always remember him as the one guy with his group of girls. Please accept my deepest condolences. Sending you all lots of positive healing energy. Peace and Love,
My thoughts and prayers are with Peggy and all the family. Please accept my sincere condolences.
Dear Peggy and family,
No words can take away the pain of sudden loss. We at Pediatrics Albany offer our deepest condolences and heartfelt sympathy. Please call if there is anything we can do for your family.
Dr. Mike and the staff of Peds Albany
N. Paul Rimmer
I have had professional business with John over many years, certainly in my position with the Structures Division of DOT. John did have a sardonic wit that he shared with me over the course our time together. Even when we did not agree on a point, we were able to walk away satisfied that we had accomplished our goal. I looked forward to catching up at AGC meetings and the like, he always wanted to know how I was doing and if my family was doing well. My prayers will be for John and is family, I am saddened that he was taken from his loved ones at such a young age.
May these words give you comfort, rest in peace.
I had the pleasure of working with John on several projects. He will be missed very much. My condolences to his family.
John Mahar (Grouttech Inc.)
I am so sorry for the pain this enormous loss brings to your immediate and extended family. What a privilege it must have been to know him and to love and be loved by him. May the memories you have and that feeling of love accompany you as you walk through your grief journey.