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Alfred C. Walsh Jr.
October 1, 1932 ~ January 20, 2024 (age 91) 91 Years Old
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Alfred C. Walsh Jr., age 91, passed away peacefully on January 20, 2024 at Bay Area Hospital. He is survived by his beloved wife of 66 years, Nancy Irene (Eilert) Walsh and children: Brian (Sue), Karen Parker (Brian Woods; Doug Parker), Tom (Kathy Walter; Carol Walsh), Al III (Kelly) and Stephen (Mira), loving grandchildren Joe (Tara), Nancy, Nicole, Ryan (Danielle), Daniel (Brittany), Brendan, Al IV, Megan and two precious great grandchildren, Jett and Willow.
Al was born in Portland, Oregon at the original St. Vincent's Hospital on October 1, 1932, the eldest of five children of Alfred and Myrtle (Derbes) Walsh. He is also survived by his siblings Gerald (Reiko), Carole (FX) McLellan and Patricia (Raymond) Hain. His sister Kathleen (and brother in law, Ed) Altenhofen preceded him in death.
Following graduation from the University of Santa Clara in 1954 and two years in the US Army, he attended the University of Oregon Law School and obtained his law degree in 1959. He moved that year to Coquille Oregon where he was in private practice until his 2006 retirement.
During those years he also served as pro-tem district and circuit judge for Coos County, and as municipal judge for the cities of Coquille and Myrtle Point and periodically as an arbitrator for the American Arbitration Assn. and the Coos County Arbitration Panel. He was especially pleased to accept an appointment for several years as federal U.S. Magistrate for the Southern Oregon area.
Al had a strong belief in the Christian principle of love thy neighbor and he attempted to accomplish many things for the community through volunteer work. He was active in Holy Name Catholic Church, serving on its first parish council, and taught religious education classes for years to many children. In his early years the Coquille Junior Chamber awarded him the Distinguished Service Award for outstanding community service. He was combined secretary-treasurer of the Coquille Rotary Club for 40 years and proudly served many terms on the board of South Coast Hospice and the Coquille Hospital budget committee. He was a founding board member of the Sawdust Theatre, the Coquille Student Loan Fund and the Carl Rietman Rotary Foundation and a Trustee of the Carl and Camilla Rietman Scholarship Fund, all of which continue to this date.
As their retirement years arrived, Al and Nancy enjoyed traveling together to places at home and abroad. They also spent many days at their beloved Croft Lake cabin with their children and grandchildren. Many fun days were also spent catching salmon on the Coquille River.
Al had a God given talent of playing the piano by ear. We all loved listening to him play, especially during the Christmas season. Al was also an accomplished artist. He created over 25 beautiful paintings, including one for each of his grandchildren.
In a final note to his family Al expressed these sentiments which we proudly share: "Mom and I often remark that our greatest blessing (after each other's forever company and devotion) is the love and respect we see between all of our children, their spouses, loved ones and families. We happily grow old knowing that such will be our most enduring legacy."
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on January 26th at Holy Name Catholic Church in Coquille at 12:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Coquille Food Bank (PO 465), or the Holy Name Church Building Maintenance Fund (PO 368 Coquille 97423).