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“Condolences to the entire family. I was a classmate of Walter from Horace Mann to Coolidge to MHS. Spent many many hours on Boardman Ave. with the...Read More »
1 of 7 | Posted by: Nels Nelson - Peabody, MA

“To Alan, Debbie, Leo, and Audrey - What fond memories I have of your parents and how welcoming they always were to me. Your Dad was one of the most...Read More »
2 of 7 | Posted by: Tom White - Norfolk, MA

“To all of the Edmonds family,I have such fond memories of your dad- his rides to the ponds for hockey, the backyard rink and football games, the...Read More »
3 of 7 | Posted by: Bruce Haas - Hingham, MA

“Dear Debbie, Okee and Family,I offer you all my sincere condolences for the loss of Walter. May the Lord comfort each of you and may your fond...Read More »
4 of 7 | Posted by: Honey Amirault - Nahant, MA

“Uncle Walter was my favorite uncle! He was a joker and loved all of us kids! He had a great laugh and you always knew when he was around! He will be...Read More »
5 of 7 | Posted by: Karen Schwallie - Rochester, NY

“I will miss my favorite Uncle, Big Wally, I wont miss his jelly doughnuts though. He was a great guy and always made me feel special. He always loved...Read More »
6 of 7 | Posted by: Mark Jaquith - Warwick, RI

“My deepest condolences to your family. My prayers go out to your family. ”
7 of 7 | Posted by: Kevin Hunt - Melrose, MA


Walter L. Edmonds, Jr., long time resident of Melrose passed away peacefully on May 18, 2018 at the Chelsea Soldiers and Sailors Home, at the age of 99, surrounded by family. He was pre deceased by his wife Madeline Edmonds in 2010 and brothers and sisters, William, Dorothy, George, Jean, John, Judy and Paul. Born in a firehouse in Boston on August 2, 1918, son of Walter L. Edmonds and Catherine (Costello) Edmonds, he was raised in South Boston and attended South Boston High School. He served two summers with the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) building roads in Vermont and later also a brief stint in the US Merchant Marines aboard the USS Halsey. He served with distinction in the Army during WWII, a combat infantryman in Sicily and Italy, receiving the Purple Heart for wounds received during the battle of Anzio in January 1944. He also received a Combat Infantry Badge, and two Bronze Service Stars. After an Honorable Discharge, he graduated from Burdette College with an Associate's Degree and began a 40 year career in sales. He and Madeline settled in Melrose in 1955. They were long time parishioners of Most Blessed Sacrament in Wakefield where Walter was a Boy Scout Leader and ice hockey coach. He is survived by his children Deborah (Edmonds) O'Connor and husband Richard of Nahant, Walter "Leo" Edmonds and wife Sarah of Montgomery TX, Alan Edmonds of Melrose, and Audrey (Edmonds) Stone and husband Robert of Daleville VA, Grandchildren Kelly Lynch and husband David, Tammy McBride and husband Joel, Emily Edmonds, Jacob Edmonds and Meredith Stone, three great -grandchildren, Sean, Brendan and Liam Lynch and his sister Margaret (Edmonds) Lafferty of Hyde Park. Visitation with family will be at the Gately Funeral Home 79 W ... READ MORE →