\u2018He bled orange and black\u2019 This past weekend, the city lost an avid player in Shelton\u2019s education system and a lifelong resident, Tim Walsh, to his ongoing health issues. \u201cI 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,\u201d said the previous Superintendent of Shelton schools Freeman Burr. \u201cI 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.\u201d Burr said Walsh played an irreplaceable role in both the Shelton community and school system. \u201cTim 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,\u201d said Burr. Walsh contributed over 30 years to the Shelton school system, including over 10 on the city\u2019s 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 \u201ccluster system,\u201d 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\u2019s final interview with the Herald, he expressed his faith in the Shelton school system\u2019s future. \u201cI have no doubts that Shelton\u2019s school system will only get better,\u201d said Walsh. \u201cShelton\u2019s education system is to never be underestimated. As long as we continue to adapt with the times and keep the kid\u2019s first our forward progression will continue and I\u2019m sure of that.\u201d 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 \u00a0Katherine Maffucci (Brian), Marissa Walsh (John), \u00a0Lisa Birden (Jim), Keith Walsh (Angela), and Steven Pedbereznek (Karen). Tim leaves several great nieces and nephews and\u00a0his dog Bentley. His wife of 42 years, Gail, said he will forever be missed and his heart lies within Shelton. \u201cHe bled orange and black, there will never be another Tim Walsh,\u201d said Gail. \u201cHe 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,\u201d she said. \u201cHe never cared how much time he gave into the schools. He knew every kid\u2019s name at the Intermediate School.\u201d 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.