Martin Michael Walsh, 84, of Centerville died at home on July 18. He leaves family in Sandwich and Falmouth.
Born at Cape Cod Hospital in Hyannis, he was son of Edwin Arnold Walsh and Anne Molony Walsh, who raised him in Centerville just 150 yards from where his own home would be built.
He graduated with the Class of 1952 from Barnstable High School, where he had been a member of the Junior Red Cross during all four years. He would became a volunteer for the Centerville-Osterville Fire Department from 1955 to 1977.
Also while still in high school, Mr. Walsh worked for the local A & P as a butcher. He was a milkman for White Brothers Milk Company, later Whitings Milk Company, then worked for the Town of Barnstable at the Water Pollution Control Facility and for the Barnstable Housing Authority. He was an elected member of Town Meeting from Precinct 4.
Mr. Walsh fished and hunted and was known along with the Perry brothers of Marstons Mills as one of the town's last eelers. He walked Centerville's Long Beach every day. He tended his extensive vegetable, herb, and flower gardens and shared their bounty with friends and those in need.
He enjoyed traveling to California, Colorado, Hawaii, Florida, Washington, DC, Nashville, Kenya, Italy and Amsterdam, among other locations.
He leaves three daughters, Maria Walsh of Hyannis, Alison Walsh of Dennisport, and Jane Walsh of Hyannis; a son, Patrick Walsh of Osterville; his former wife, Leonor Walsh of Hyannis; three sibings, Martha Walsh Vaccaro of Falmouth, Mary Walsh Govoni of Sandwich and William Walsh of Wrentham; five grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and other family.
He was preceded in death by his son Michael Walsh; his brothers Donald Walsh and Samuel Walsh; and a grandson.
Visiting hours will be Friday, July 26, from 7 to 10 PM at Our Lady of Victory Church in Centerville.
A funeral Mass will be celebrated at the church on Saturday, July 27, at 10 AM.