Carrol Stephen Walsh Jr., 91, passed away on December 17, 2012, at his home in Sarasota, Fla. He was born on February 18, 1921, in Detroit, Mich. and lived most of his life in Johnstown, N.Y. He was predeceased by his parents, Carrol S. Walsh Sr. and Imelda Maloney Walsh; his brother, John M. Walsh; and his son-in-law, Timothy J. Connolly.
He is survived by his beloved wife of 68 years, Dorothy; four children, Thomas (Denise) of Johnstown, N.Y., Terrence (Rosemary) of Sarasota, Fla., Sharon (Ronald) Salluzzo of Pittsford, N.Y., and Elizabeth Connolly of Hudson Falls, N.Y.; 11 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren.
Carrol, a 1938 graduate of Johnstown High School, attended the University of Notre Dame and St. Lawrence University. He graduated from Albany Law School in 1946. He married the former Dorothy N. Doust of Watervliet, N.Y. on February 5, 1944.
He served in World War II with the 743rd Tank Battalion from June 1944 to August 1945. He received a battlefield commission in the European theater and was awarded a Presidential Unit Citation, a Purple Heart, and battle stars for five major campaigns. He established a law practice in Johnstown in 1946. He served as City Court Attorney, Assistant City Judge and as a school board attorney. He continued his law practice until he was elected Fulton County Judge and Surrogate in 1969 and N.Y. State Supreme Court Justice in 1977, retiring in 1988.
He was a Little League, Babe Ruth League, and CYO basketball coach. He served on the boards of the Johnstown United Way, the Johnstown Public Library, the Johnstown YMCA, and was a member of numerous professional, fraternal, and social organizations.
He was an avid baseball fan, a gifted wordsmith and speaker, and an extraordinary storyteller. He loved his family and music, dancing with Dorothy, and playing the drums. He read voraciously, studied, and learned constantly.
A funeral service will be held in Johnstown, N.Y., at a date to be announced later.
Memorial contributions can be made to the Johnstown Public Library, your area hospice, or charity of your choice.