‘He bled orange and black’
This past weekend, the city lost an avid player in Shelton’s education system and a lifelong resident, Tim Walsh, to his ongoing health issues.
“I am deeply saddened by the news of Tim’s passing and my heartfelt prayers and condolences go out to his entire family. I have said many time that Tim was like a father figure to me during my tenure as Superintendent in Shelton and I will miss him personally as well,” said the previous Superintendent of Shelton schools Freeman Burr. “I was aware of his continuing health struggles and his ongoing fighting spirit. I am glad I got to see him and to talk to him a couple of times during the past few months since departing Shelton.”
Burr said Walsh played an irreplaceable role in both the Shelton community and school system.
“Tim was a pillar in the Shelton community; selfless and committed to the students in his service and a fine example of what a Board member should be. He will be missed by all,” said Burr.
Walsh contributed over 30 years to the Shelton school system, including over 10 on the city’s Board of Education.
He has received numerous accolades over the course of his career such as Democrat of the Year, Person of the Week, a special recognition award from Sen. Blumenthal, Rosa DeLauro, and Lt. Gov. Nancy Wyman; plus, he was awarded a national blue ribbon for his work at SIS by President George Bush, he developed the concept of “cluster system,” which is still used at the Shelton Intermediate School, and he was a lifetime member of Shelton Education Association and National Education Association.
In Walsh’s final interview with the Herald, he expressed his faith in the Shelton school system’s future.
“I have no doubts that Shelton’s school system will only get better,” said Walsh. “Shelton’s education system is to never be underestimated. As long as we continue to adapt with the times and keep the kid’s first our forward progression will continue and I’m sure of that.”
Tim is survived by his wife, Gail, his son, Timothy Walsh and wife Kathleen and daughter Regina Maloney and husband William. He is the brother of Thomas and Susan Walsh. Tim is the loving grandfather of Alexandra Fanning, William Maloney, Timothy Parker Maloney, and Anna Walsh. He is the uncle of Katherine Maffucci (Brian), Marissa Walsh (John), Lisa Birden (Jim), Keith Walsh (Angela), and Steven Pedbereznek (Karen). Tim leaves several great nieces and nephews and his dog Bentley.
His wife of 42 years, Gail, said he will forever be missed and his heart lies within Shelton.
“He bled orange and black, there will never be another Tim Walsh,” said Gail.
“He just gave so much of himself that sometimes I would tell him he gave more in the schools than at home. I told him that 25 years ago,” she said. “He never cared how much time he gave into the schools. He knew every kid’s name at the Intermediate School.”
At the request of his family, memorial contributions may be made to the Timothy J. Walsh Memorial Fund through the funeral home. Offer condolences to his family online at www.riverviewfh.com.