CROWN POINT, N.Y. and SARASOTA, Fla. — Mr. Fred D. Walsh, 88, died Monday, May 13, at Moses Ludington Hospital in Ticonderoga N.Y.
He is survived by Ethel (McIntyre) Walsh, his wife of 64 years; and sons Fred D. Walsh III and wife Karen of Frisco, Texas, John and wife Joy of Spring Grove, Ill. and Robert and wife Terry of Essex Junction Vt.; granddaughters, Emily and her husband Joshua Ballard and their daughter Lydia of Frisco Texas, and Bethany and her husband Rob Jerkins of Memphis Tenn. He was predeceased by his daughter, Linda in 2007.
Mr. Walsh was a member of Lake Placid Lodge #834, Free and Accepted Masons, Central Massachusetts Steam Gas and Machinery Association, Champlain Valley Antiques Gas Engine and Tractor Association, and Vermont Gas and Steam Engine Association, Inc.
After graduating Lake Placid High School in 1941, Mr. Walsh went to work for the National Youth Administration (NYA) in Rome Air Depot in Rome, N.Y., where he enlisted in the U.S. Army. Mr. Walsh served in the Army Air Corps, with the 435th Bomb Group (H) 735th Bomb Squadron, where Jimmy Stewart was the Group's Operation Officer. Mr. Walsh participated in the Normandy, Northern France, Ardennes, Rhineland, Central Europe, Air Offensive Europe Campaigns, where he was awarded the European-African-Middle Eastern Ribbon with 6 Bronze Stars, Good Conduct Medal and two Overseas Service Bars.
After being discharged from the Army Air Corps, Mr. Walsh was the first graduate from Paul Smith's College, then went on to complete his Bachelor's Degree at Potsdam Teachers College. He went on to complete his Master's Degree in Education from St. Lawrence University. After completing his Master's Degree, Fred taught junior high school at Waddington, N.Y. and sixth grade at Burnt Hills - Ballston Lake. During the summer, when not teaching, Mr. Walsh, an avid fly fisherman, worked as a fishing guide in the Adirondacks. Mr.