Paul Eugene Walsh
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Paul Eugene Walsh
  • August 25, 1939 - November 16, 2017
  • Midlothian, Virginia

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WALSH, Paul Eugene "Gene,", 78, of Midlothian, Va., died on November 16, 2017.
Gene was born in Greensboro, N.C., to the late Paul E. Walsh and Ylia Puig Walsh.
He was a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, with a degree in radio, television and motion pictures. Prior to finishing his degree, Gene began his career in television at WRAL-TV 5 in Raleigh as a camera operator. Upon graduation, Gene joined WGHP-8 in High Point, as a producer/director, from there moved on to WTTG-5 in Washington, D.C., WTNH-8 in New Haven, Conn. and WXEX-8 in Richmond, holding the positions of Production Manager, Director of Operations and Program Director. Gene used his talents in additional projects as well. For years, he directed Miss USA pageants for Virginia, Arkansas and Florida telecasts. He directed the broadcast of the U.S. Navy Glee Club presentation of The Messiah shown on PBS locally and nationally. Prior to his retirement, Gene served the USPS media unit, where he was honored with Telly Awards in 2003, 2004 and 2005 for excellence in direction and production
Gene was a member of St. Mark's United Methodist Church. He adored singing in the choir, was Chairman of the Nursery School Committee and rejoiced in serving his church community. Gene served in the National Guard, was a board member of the United Way and volunteered providing guided tours in Washington, D.C. and Arlington Cemetery. In retirement, Gene enjoyed following his beloved North Carolina Tar Heels in every sport, but particularly basketball. He was rarely seen without his signature UNC cap and infectious smile.
Gene is survived by his wife of 50 years, Beverly; his daughter, Christy Walsh-Smith; son-in-law, Dean Smith; grandson, Stone Smith, all of Richmond; brothers, Donald Lee Walsh (Bess) of Luftin, Texas, Kenneth Orlando Walsh (Margo) of Grandbury, Texas; nieces, Lisa Walsh Elmore (Scott) and Hope Walsh of Charlotte, N.C., Monica Walsh Wiedmann (Keith) of McKinney, Texas and Dana Walsh Ladner (Stuart) of Houston, Texas.
The family wishes to thank Covenant Home Care, Seniors Helping Seniors, the staff at The Laurels of Bon Air, Rhanda Washington and especially the team at Elmcroft of Chesterfield and Hospice Community Care for their loving care of Gene.
A visitation will be held at 10 a.m. on November 28, followed by a memorial service at 11 a.m. at the Huguenot Chapel of Woody Funeral Home. Wearing a little something Carolina blue would be appropriate as a tribute to Gene's love for his alma mater.
In lieu of flowers, please consider donations to the School of Media and Journalism at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, P.O. Box 309, Chapel Hill, N.C. 27514 or to the Alzheimer's Association Greater Richmond Chapter, 4600 Cox Rd., Ste. 130, Glen Allen, Va. 23060, for respite care scholarships