John T. Walsh, 74, U.S. Customs official

December 18, 2003

John T. Walsh, a retired U.S. Customs Service official and former Cockeysville resident, died of cancer Monday at the Blakehurst Life Care Community in Towson. He was 74.

Mr. Walsh was born in Chicago and raised in Oak Park, Ill. He attended the University of Illinois at Chicago and worked briefly as an index clerk at the Chicago Tribune before enlisting in the Army. He served with the engineering corps in Korea, and held the rank of corporal at his discharge in 1952.

He began his career in 1955 as a U.S. Customs examiner in Chicago. He was named director of commercial operations for the Baltimore district in 1976, and retired as the district's assistant director in 1990.

Mr. Walsh enjoyed golfing, freshwater fishing, gardening and reading.

A Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 9:15 a.m. tomorrow at Immaculate Conception Roman Catholic Church, Baltimore and Ware avenues, Towson.

Mr. Walsh is survived by his wife of 39 years, the former Charlene Kadlec; three daughters, Leslie E. Walsh of Towson, Lynn M. Walsh of White Marsh and Laura W. Rugless of Williamsburg, Va.; a sister, Catherine Allen of Oak Park; and two grandchildren.

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