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Timothy J. Walsh III, Noted Shelton Educator, Dies At 77

Timothy J. Walsh III, involved in education for most of his adult life, died last week.
Timothy J. Walsh III, involved in education for most of his adult life, died last week. Photo Credit: contributed

SHELTON, Conn. -- Timothy J. Walsh III -- a lifelong resident of Shelton -- died on Friday June 17, with his wife of 42 years by his side. He was 77.

Walsh had a long and varied career as an educator in the area, ranging from teacher to chairman of the board of education.

He first taught science, at the former Fowler School. He was appointed headmaster of the Shelton Intermediate School in 1974. While there, with his assistant Bill Banfe, Walsh developed the famous "cluster system" -- which is still in use today.

Walsh was later appointed headmaster of Shelton High School. "Within two years he knew every student by name, as he had at SIS," information from the funeral home noted. "Tim's famous TJWIII license plate was often seen in the parking lot on Sundays during his 35 years as a Shelton educator."

Shelton Mayor Mark Lauretti was a student at the high school while Walsh was there, the Shelton Herald reported, and said Walsh had a reputation being strict and was one "you had to respect."

Even after retiring, Walsh couldn't stay out of education, and he ran for Shelton's Board of Education. He served on the board for 13 years and was chairman for two terms. His father had also chaired the Shelton Board of Education. Walsh chose not to run again in 2015, primarily because of his health issues.

Walsh was also active in his church, St. Joseph's Church in Shelton, was a member of the Shelton Jaycees and the Youth Service Bureau. He was also named Man of the Week by the Shelton Herald and the 2014 Democrat of the Year, and he was recognized by many state and national dignitaries, information from the funeral home noted.

He was even honored for his work in education by then-President George W. Bush.

He is survived by his wife Kathleen; children Timothy Walsh, and Regina Maloney and her husband William; siblings Thomas and Susan Walsh; grandchildren Alexandra Fanning, William Maloney, Timothy Parker Maloney and Anna Walsh; nieces and nephew Marissa Walsh, Katherine Maffucci, Lisa Birden, Keith Walsh, and Steven Pedbereznek; and several great-nieces and great-nephews.

Walsh was predeceased by his son William and his parents, Timothy Walsh Jr. and Adeline Walsh.

The wake was held Monday, June 20 at the Riverview Funeral Home, in Shelton. A mass was held Tuesday morning at St. Joseph Church, in Shelton, and burial was in Riverside Cemetery, also in Shelton. You can continue to leave condolences here.

Memorial donations can be made to the Timothy J. Walsh Memorial Fund through the funeral home. Send them to Timothy J. Walsh Memorial Fund, c/o Riverview Funeral Home, 390 River Road Shelton, CT 06484.

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