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Barbara R. Walsh

GOSHEN, N.Y. - Barbara Rand Walsh, 73, passed away Sunday, Dec. 30, 2012, at Overlook Hospital, Summit, N.J., after a long battle with cancer. Barbara was born March 22, 1939, in Old Town, daughter of the late Warren and Madeline Rand.

She grew up in Old Town, graduating from Old Town High School in 1957 and marrying Arthur Walsh of Bangor in 1958. Barbara's first career was as a full-time homemaker and mother. After leaving Maine she and Art raised three young sons in Warwick, R.I., and later in New Windsor, N.Y., where they spent many years. In 1975 she began her second career in an administrative position at Diamond Candle Corp., Newburgh, N.Y. She later worked in the Civilian Personnel Office of the U.S. Military Academy. Barbara managed the Incentive Awards and Suggestion Programs at West Point and retired in 1997, after 20 years of service. Barbara, also affectionately known as Barb, Barbie, Mom and Nana, and Art were married for 51 years. She loved Art dearly and they were inseparable. They spent their last years together in Goshen, N.Y., and could be seen together all the time - at church, Goshen Historic Track, restaurants, farmers' markets, antique shops, sporting events of all kinds, school functions, concerts and historic places. Barbara took care of Art through his long illness, even as she fought her own battle with cancer at the same time. Her perseverance through those challenging years was an inspiration to everyone around her. Barbara's other great loves in life were her sons, their wives and her grandchildren. She was a deeply devoted mother and grandmother, and she always put her family before herself. The positive lessons that she taught, by word and by example, will be passed down to future generations. Those who knew Barbara were moved by her kindness, devotion, strength, determination, talent, humor, wit, humility, faithfulness, patience and honesty. Her legacy will be the unconditional love that she gave to her family. Barbara will be missed dearly by many. Barbara was an active member of The Church of St. John the Evangelist, Goshen, N.Y.

Survivors include three loving sons and daughters-in-law, Stephen Walsh and wife, Carol, of Wethersfield, Conn., David Walsh and wife, Gia, of Bronxville, N.Y., and William Walsh and wife, Nita, of Chatham, N.J.; grandchildren, Matthew, Brian, Andrew, Stephen, Veronica, John, Laura and Thomas; siblings, William Rand and his wife, Gail, of Old Saybrook, Conn., Doris Dearing of Millinocket, Bertrice Smith and her husband, Walter, of Southbridge, Mass., and Caroline Coughlin of Greenfield, Mass.; sisters-in-law, Nadia Rand Shirley of Old Town and Norma Rand of Veazie; many nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents, Barbara was predeceased by her husband of 51 years, Arthur Walsh; father and mother-in-law, Ernest and Estelle Walsh; brothers, James Rand and Warren Rand; brothers-in-law, Dave Dearing and Paul Coughlin; and granddaughter, Emily Walsh.

Visitation will be held 5-8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 4, at Donovan Funeral Home, 82 South Church St., Goshen, N.Y. The funeral Mass will be held 10 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 5, at The Church of St. John the Evangelist, 71 Murray Ave., Goshen, N.Y. Arrangements under the care of Donovan Funeral Home, Inc., Goshen, N.Y. To leave the family a personal condolence, please visit www.donovanfunerals.com.

Published in BDN Maine on Jan. 3, 2013
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