It is with profound sadness that the family of Albert John Walsh announces his death which occurred at the Miramichi Senior Citizens Home on Thursday, April 13 at the age of 92. Born in Doyles Brook, NB, Albert was the son of the late James and Ellen (Gillis) Walsh.
Albert served with the British Columbia Tank Regiment during the Second World War and was involved in every major Canadian offensive from Normandy to the Netherlands. Albert’s contribution to the war effort garnered significant recognition for his service. On May 16, 2015, Albert was presented with the Legion of Honour from the Government of France which is the highest honour that France can be bestowed on a soldier. He has also been awarded with the Canadian Volunteer Service Medal, the France and Germany Star, the 1939-1945 Star, the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal and the George Medal (George VI).
After the war, Albert returned to Canada where he continued to contribute to his country and community. Albert was retired from the Government of Canada where he worked at the Ammunition Depot in Renous and at CFB Chatham. Beyond the responsibilities of home and family, he also became a founding Director of the Beaubear Credit Union, a past honorary president of the Royal Canadian Legion and in his later years, served as an ambassador for veterans by visiting children in local schools as well as serving as a representative for Canadian veterans at ceremonies in France and Holland.
Albert is survived by his sister Audrey Poisson (Jerry) of Montreal PQ, his four sons Michael (Colleen), Jimmy (Deanna), Joseph and Gary (Lori), his four grandchildren, three great grandchildren and Betty, his companion in his later years.
Albert is predeceased by his wife Rainelda (nee Comeau), five sisters: Theresa, Rachel, Mary, Gladys, Ellien; and his two brothers, Joseph who died on D-Day in 1944 and Richard.
In Albert’s memory, a donation may be made to the St. Edward’s Roman Catholic Cemetery Fund where he attended church and served as an active member of the congregation.
Albert’s story is featured on the memoryproject.com where you can find text and audio versions of his account of the war.
Visitation will be held at Bell’s Funeral Home on Thursday from 7-9 and Friday 2-4 & 7-9. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated from St. Edward’s Roman Catholic Church. Chelmsford , NB on Saturday, April 22, 2017 @ 11 AM with Father Arnie Hachey officiating.
Burial will take place in St. Edward’s Roman Catholic Cemetery later in the spring. PLEASE NOTE: Members of the Royal Canadian Legion Branch #10 Newcastle are asked to meet at the Funeral Home on Thursday evening at 6:30 for a Veteran's Service at 6:45.
Funeral arrangements are under the care of Bell’s Funeral Home, 651 King George Highway, Miramichi, NB Telephone 622-3600j