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Kevin M. Walsh Obituary


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“It was my honor and privilege to serve both with Kevin and under his command during my tenure on the Department from 1977 to 1985. I have always...Read More »
1 of 23 | Posted by: David Hannabury - Branford, CT

“Deepest sympathy to Suzanne, Kevin and Christopher; I knew Kevin when he was a teenager and as we grew up our paths didn't cross that often but after...Read More »
2 of 23 | Posted by: George Lyons - Malden, MA

“we are very sorry to here of your loss. ---The Members of the Portsmouth Fire Department L1313 -L4086 ”
3 of 23 | Posted by: Richard Murphy - Portmouth, NH

“Kevin was a great guy to work with and for. He was very knowledgable in the job, and knew what he was doing at all times. I truly enjoyed the time I...Read More »
4 of 23 | Posted by: Mark Fortune - Butlerville, IN

“SUZANNE, I WAS SHOCKED TO HEAR ABOUT KEVIN. YOU ARE IN MY THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS DURING THIS DIFFICULT TIME. I WANTED TO BE THERE FOR YOU BUT IT WAS...Read More »
5 of 23 | Posted by: DOTTIE GROARK - MELROSE, MA

“My deepest sympathy in the loss of Kevin. I have known him for just a short period of time and he impressed me with his love of his family, his...Read More »
6 of 23 | Posted by: Chief Thomas M. Keough - Waltham, MA

“I can only say there are no words to express the sadness when someone we love leaves us. I can give some word that helped me in my times of loss. I...Read More »
7 of 23 | Posted by: Chief Edward O'Brien - MA

“Dear Suzanne & Family: So very,very sorry for your loss. I've known Kevin since 1972 when Ed was on the fire dept. He also was a big help to Bob...Read More »
8 of 23 | Posted by: Gerry &Bob Chagnon - Peabody, MA

“On behalf of all the staff of the Public Works Department I extend our condolences for your loss. ”
9 of 23 | Posted by: Bob Beshara, Superintendent of Public Works - MA

“On behalf of the membership of The Massachusetts Corps of Fire Chaplains, our deepest condolences to the family and the Department. May he rest in...Read More »
10 of 23 | Posted by: The Rev. Dan Harris - Weymouth, MA

“The thoughts and prayers of the Orleans Fire Department members are with you and your family. ”
11 of 23 | Posted by: Chief Steven P. Edwards - Orleans, MA

“Deepest condolences to Chief Walsh's family from the Salem NH Fire Department. ”
12 of 23 | Posted by: Paul J. Parisi, Deputy Fire Chief - NH

“Hanson Fire-Rescue offers it's deepest sypathies to the family of Chief Walsh. Our Prayers are with you. ”
13 of 23 | Posted by: Chief Allen Hoyt - Hanson, MA

“Kevin was a good friend of my father's, Ed Santella, who also passed away this year. When I needed some help from the firefighters to honor my...Read More »
14 of 23 | Posted by: Gerri (Santella) Bellavia - MA

“My condolences to the Walsh family on the passing of your husband and father. He will surely be missed by all in the city of melrose..Take care and...Read More »
15 of 23 | Posted by: Kathy Graham - Melrose, MA

“The Alley family is very sorry for your loss and all of your family is in our thoughts and prayers. I knew Chief Walsh for only 3 years, but...Read More »
16 of 23 | Posted by: Scott & Lynne Alley - wilmington, MA

“The Malden Firefighters Union - Local 902 I.A.F.F. wish to extend our sincere condolences to Suzanne, Kevin, Brother Firefighter Chris and the entire...Read More »
17 of 23 | Posted by: Malden Firefighters Union - Local 902 I.A.F.F. - MA

“Dear Suzanne, Kevin and Christopher, We are deeply saddened by Kevin's passing. He was a wonderful man and personified the best of Melrose. Kevin...Read More »
18 of 23 | Posted by: Duke and Janice Ahearn - FL

“I was very proud to serve under Kevins comand, we surly will miss him at the MFD. Mrs Walsh, Kevin Jr. and fellow firefighter Chris my heart goes...Read More »
19 of 23 | Posted by: Jeff McCarthy - Melrose, MA

“I was the nurse in charge at the Brigham and Women's that night. I just want to let you know that I am very sorry for your loss. ”
20 of 23 | Posted by: Carol Correia - Easton, MA

“as mechanic for d.p.w.and fire dept kevin will be truly missed.my thoughts and prayers go out to all of you ”
21 of 23 | Posted by: ROBERT J. DIVOLA JR - SAUGUS, MA

“I wish to express my sincerest sympathy to Chief Kevin Walsh's family and friends, at this most difficult time. He will be sorely missed by those of...Read More »
22 of 23 | Posted by: Chief Lawrence S. Lamey - MA

“Suzanne and family, Please allow me to express my deepest sympathy during this time. Kelly MacKinnon (used to be Suzanne's hairdresser) ”
23 of 23 | Posted by: Kelly MacKinnon - Melrose, MA


Kevin M. Walsh, Chief of Melrose Fire Dept., died suddenly at Brigham & Women's Hospital on Aug. 13th at the age of 56. Kevin was born and raised in Malden, graduated from Malden High Class of 1964, entered the US Air Force after high school and served in the Air Force for 4 years during the Vietnam War. After the Air Force Kevin joined the Melrose Fire Dept. on Sept. 27, 1972, became Lt. on Jan. 19, 1978, then Captain on February 2, 1981 and appointed Chief of the Melrose Fire Dept. on Aug. 19, 2002. Kevin has been a resident of Melrose for the past 34 years. He was a member of the Boston Gaelic Fire Brigade, Melrose Elks, Stoneham American Legion and the VFW Harold O' Young Post #2394 in Melrose. Kevin was the husband of Suzanne F. (Smith) Walsh. Father of Kevin R. Walsh of Malden & Christopher M. Walsh of Melrose. Brother of Elaine Notorangeli & her husband Peter of NH formerly of Malden. Brother-in-law of Kathy Logue & her husband William of Lynn, Robert E. Smith of WA, Patricia A. Pike of Melrose and the late Beverly Griggers & Judith A. Sergi. Also survived by many nieces and nephews. Funeral from the Gately Funeral Home 79 W. Foster St. Melrose on Monday Aug. 18th at 8:30AM. Funeral mass in St. Mary's Church, Herbert St. Melrose at 10AM. Relatives and friends invited. Visiting hours Saturday 4-7PM & Sunday 1-6PM. Burial in Wyoming Cemetery Melrose. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions are encouraged and may be made to Melrose Firemen's Relief Assoc. 576 Main St. Melrose 02176. US Air Force Vietnam Veteran.