George Joseph Walsh
George Joseph Walsh
  • July 31, 1940 - January 7, 2017
  • Tampa, Florida

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George Joseph Walsh

July 31, 1940 – January 7, 2017

A gentle, humorous, caring and loving man, George passed unexpectedly on January 7, 2017 at the age of 76.

Born in Staten Island, NY, he was a devoted son to his parents Emily (McGrath) and Bernard till they passed. George shared a special once-in-a-lifetime relationship of love and friendship with his husband Carmen Palogruto during their 8.5 years together. A loving big brother to his sisters Bonnie Yunginger and Barbara Newman he also took on many roles in his life including brother-in-law, uncle, cousin, godfather, co-worker and friend. He truly cherished time spent with everyone.

George graduated from Curtis HS in NY in 1960. A proud American and Army Veteran, he served our country from 1964 to 1970 including time at Yokota Air Base in Japan. He retired from Staten Island’s Clove Lakes Nursing Home and Rehab Center in January 2002 with 34 years of service.

Known for his unique wit and humor, he loved vacations in Provincetown, dancing in Asbury Park, listening to music, going to the movies, tending flowers in his yard and cooking. He could easily become the life of a party with his enthusiastic story telling and ability to make others smile and laugh. George took great pride when he coordinated his outfits to match a pair of his colored rope sandals from his collection. In the kitchen he created his beloved cheesecakes that were enjoyed by many and he could make any pot of soup you desired. He also had the uncanny ability to name the make, model and year of classic cars with barely a glance at them.

He shared his later retirement years with his husband and together they experienced new adventures that George embraced with open arms. He always said, "I want to do it all." Travels to Japan, England, France, the Caribbean and to many national and state parks around the US brought him great joy. A lifelong beach lover, he learned to enjoy a nice hike outdoors as well as a hug from Mickey Mouse during many trips to Disney parks. He was extremely proud of completing his 1st half marathon in 2015 at age 75.

His love and spirit will live on in the wonderful memories and smiles of those he touched.

If you wish to make donations in his honor, George’s favorite organizations are:

St. Jude's Children's Hospital

Paralyzed Veterans of America

Disabled American Veterans