NECO is sad to acknowledge the passing of one of our friends and 2004 Ellis Island Medal of Honor recipient, John Patrick Walsh.
We are re-posting his obituary as seen in the New Jersey Star-Ledger, Sept. 11, 2012.
John Patrick Walsh, 74, of Manasquan, N.J., passed away at home on Sunday, Sept. 9. John died peacefully while in the loving company of his wife and his three children. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at the Church of Christ the King, Blue Mill Road, New Vernon, N.J., on Thursday at 10 a.m. Interment will be in Gate of Heaven Cemetery, East Hanover, N.J. Hours of visitation are in the Doyle Funeral Home, 106 Maple Ave., Morristown, N.J. Born and raised in Newark, N.J., John attended St. Rose of Lima Grammar School and graduated from St. James High School in 1955. After graduation he furthered his education at Seton Hall University, and later served in the U.S. Army Reserves. For most of his working life John was the owner and president of the Newark-based Koch Carbonic, Inc., as well as several other self-owned companies. John was a longtime board member of the non-profit Irish American Cultural Institute, based in Morristown, N.J., and served as chairman of the institute for over 20 years. During his tenure there, John was responsible for the erection of two statues of Annie Moore, the first immigrant to be processed at Ellis Island, at both Ellis Island and Cobh, County Cork, Ireland. John was a trustee of the Heart Institute of St. Michael's Hospital in Newark; was long-serving member of the N.J. Ethnic Advisory Committee; was a member of the President's Advisory Committee of Caldwell College; was a trustee of the Overlook Hospital Foundation; was vice chairman of the Morristown Community Theater; was vice chairman of the Morristown Partnership, and was the recipient of many personal honors, including the Ellis Island Medal of Honor in 2004. John was a lifelong lover of basketball, and he played competitively well into his later years. John was a proud member of the Newark Iron Dukes. In addition, John was most proud of his Irish heritage and of his six grandchildren. John is survived by his beloved wife, Sheila Walsh (nee Lenihan); his daughter, Jacqueline Walsh and son-in-law, Peter Senak, of Bedminster, N.J.; his daughter, Maureen Hall and son-in-law, Dennis Hall, of Mendham, N.J., and his son, John P. Walsh Jr. of Morristown, N.J., and by his six grandchildren, Aidan Hall, Colin Hall, Grace Hall, Mary Hall, Taylor Walsh, and John P. Walsh III. John is also survived by his brother, Martin Walsh and sister-in-law, Marilyn Walsh of St. Petersburg, Fla.; by his sister, Margaret Leslie and brother-in-law, John Leslie of Denville, N.J.; by his sister, Mary Brennan of Wall Township, N.J., and by his brother, Thomas Walsh and sister-in-law, Jane Walsh, of Wall Township, N.J. John was pre-deceased by his parents, James and Mary Walsh from Swinford, County Mayo, Ireland, and by his beloved first wife, Mary Walsh (nee Halpin). In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in John's memory to the Overlook Hospital Foundation, 99 Beauvoir Ave., Summit, N.J. 07901.