Dr. Garnar V. Walsh, age 84, of 54 Bay St., Potsdam, passed away on Sunday, June 20, 2010 at the Maplewood Campus in Canton, his loving home for many years. A mass of Christian burial will be held on Thursday, June 24, 2010 at 10 a.m. at St. Andrew’s Church in Norwood with Msgr. Harry Snow, celebrant. Burial will follow the service at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Potsdam. Friends may call at the Garner Funeral Home on Wednesday evening from 6-9 p.m. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Maplewood Campus, Canton, for its “pavilion”.
Dr. Walsh, a full Professor of Education at Potsdam State University, served as Assistant Vice President for Academic Affairs and was Assistant to the President for Institutional Research. He was a negotiator and fact-finder for the Public Employees Relations Board (PERB) of New York State for fourteen years. Dr. Walsh previously taught science in the public schools for twelve years.
Born June 27, 1925 in Malone, he was the son of Garnar V. and Margaret M. Finan Walsh. Dr. Walsh was a veteran of World War II, having served on the Submarine U.S.S. Sea Fox as a Radio Man 2nd Class. He had a national lifetime membership in the Hudson Mohawk Chapter of U.S. Submarine Veterans of War Word II.
Dr. Walsh attended Regis High School in New York City for two-and-a-half years and graduated from South Side High School, Rockville Center, Long Island, in 1942. He was a graduate of St. Lawrence University, Canton, with a Bachelors degree in1949 where he was a member of Beta Beta Beta, an honorary Biological Fraternity; Albany State University with a Masters degree in 1950; received a Specialist in Education degree in 1964 from the University of Florida and a Doctorate of Education in 1965 from the University of Florida in Gainesville, Florida, where he was a member of Phi Delta Kappa fraternity.
Dr. Walsh married Fortana S. Pelkey August 19, 1950 at St. Joseph’s Church in Malone. He was a charter member of Beta Theta Pi, St. Lawrence Chapter, Advisor to Gamma Sigma Sigma and a Trustee of Mater Dei College. While at St. Lawrence University, Dr. Walsh conducted his own dance band, the Laurentians, in which he also played saxophone and clarinet. He had great love for music, especially jazz.
Dr. Walsh was a communicant of St. Mary’s Church in Potsdam, St. Helen’s Church in Chasm Falls and St. Francis Newman Center in Potsdam, where he was a former President of the Board. He was a 3rd degree Knights of Columbus member, Chapter 340.
He and his wife and family spent summers at their cottage in Mount View on Indian Lake. He enjoyed the outdoors there where he had spent summers in his youth.
Surviving besides his wife are three daughters, Anne (Daniel) Daino of Avon, CT, Elizabeth List of Potsdam and Mary (Bryan) Cleaver of Whistler, BC, Canada; two sons, Gregory of Keene, NH and Stephen (Cindy) of Adams; two brothers, Robert of Malone and James of Watertown; and six grandchildren and ten nieces and nephews.
Condolences can be made online at www.garnerfh.com. Contributions may be made in his memory to Maplewood Campus Pavilion Fund, 305 State Street, Canton, New York 13617.