Joseph A. Walsh Jr. Officiated for sports


A memorial Mass for Joseph A. Walsh Jr., a retired inspector at the Bethlehem Steel Corp. plant at Sparrows Point who had played and officiated in several sports, will be offered at 10 a.m. today at St. Mary's Roman Catholic Church, 5502 York Road.

Mr. Walsh, who was 79 and had lived in Treasure Island, Fla., since 1973, died Saturday after a short illness at a hospital in Philadelphia. He had been visiting a daughter there.

He had lived on East North Avenue for many years and retired in 1966 as an inspector in the wire mill after 35 years with the company.

The Baltimore native played on football, basketball and baseball teams at Calvert Hall College that won local championships in the late 1920s and early 1930s, and was named to all-star teams in all of those sports. He then played semiprofessional baseball and basketball.

Until he retired and moved to New Jersey, he also officiated a amateur baseball, basketball and football games and at both amateur and semiprofessional softball games.

He is survived by his wife, the former Mary Tonry; six sons, Joseph Walsh of Boston, Charles and William Walsh, both of the Baltimore area, Francis Walsh of Montgomery, Ala., John Duston Walsh of Ocean City, N.J., and Mark Walsh of Ventnor, N.J.; seven daughters, Mary Cecilia Walsh, Sister Marie Seton Walsh, S.S.N.D., and Catherine Ann Walsh, all of Baltimore; Margaret Walsh of Germany, Therese Pomeroy of Philadelphia, Patrice Went of Ventnor and Colette Walsh of Sommers Point, N.J.; a sister, Clotilda Gay of Kingsville; two brothers, Matthew Walsh of Pikesville and Gloyd Walsh of Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.; 21 grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.

The family suggested memorial contributions to the work of Bishop Thomas Manning, in Bolivia, through St. Mary's Convent, 403 Markland Ave., Govans.

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