Joseph J. Walsh, 87

U.S. intelligence officer

May 07, 2007

Joseph John Walsh, a retired Department of Defense employee and longtime Severna Park resident, died Tuesday of complications from liver failure and heart disease. He was 87.

Mr. Walsh was born in Philadelphia and raised in Pittston, Pa. He graduated from Lackawanna Junior College, a business school in Scranton, Pa., in 1939, his family said. During World War II, Mr. Walsh served as a master sergeant in the Army, stationed on the Galapagos Islands, according to his family.

He married Gerry Pugliese in 1949. The couple lived in Severna Park for 40 years.

Mr. Walsh worked as an intelligence officer with the Department of Defense for 33 years, his son, Michael J. Walsh of Severna Park, said. After he retired in 1982, Mr. Walsh devoted more time to his favorite pastime, golfing, his son said. He particularly liked the course at Fort Meade, Michael Walsh said.

Mr. Walsh also enjoyed woodworking projects, such as building decks, and he was a devoted Orioles fan, watching every game, his son said.

Mr. Walsh was a longtime member of St. John the Evangelist Roman Catholic Church in Severna Park, where a funeral Mass was offered Friday.

In addition to his wife of 57 years and son, Mr. Walsh is survived by two daughters, Sharon Walsh of Germantown and Maura Walsh Arndt of Millersville; and four granddaughters.

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