Thomas Joseph Walsh, 86, of Orange, husband of Shirley Moore Walsh for 65 years, passed away on August 1, 2009. He was born in New Haven on March 24, 1923 to the late Louise Sheridan Walsh Durlach. Tom proudly served his country in the US Army during WWII. He was a representative of Monarch Insurance Co. for many years before taking over the agency in Washington DC, where his family lived for 40 years. While in Washington he was the past president of the American Legion and a member of Kenwood Country Club. In 2000, he and his wife returned to Connecticut to spend their remaining years. Home at last. Besides his wife, Tom is survived by his sons, Thomas of Arlington, VA and Gary of New York; daughter, Karen Gay and her husband Stephen of LaPlata, MD; grandchildren, Jennifer Rison, Christopher Gay, and Ryan Walsh; great-granddaughter, Grace Rison. Also predeceased by his brother, Robert Walsh. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at Holy Infant Church in Orange at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, August 8th. Interment to follow in Orange Center Cemetery. Friends may visit with the family on Friday evening from 4 to 6 p.m. at BEECHER & BENNETT, 2300 Whitney Ave., Hamden.

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  1. Thank you dad for being such a good example for your children and grandchildren. Love, Karen, Steve, Chris, Jennifer, Tom and Grace

  2. Our deepest condolences. Your family is in our thoughts and prayers. Sue Gay-Flanagan, Damien and Marie Bernat

  3. I am sorry for your loss. There are no words to express my sympathy to you and your family. My love and deepest sympathy.

  4. We wish to express out condolences to Tom’s family and thank Tom and Shirley for many fond memories from HHS and life in pre-war Hamden

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