Stephen William Walsh, age 98, of Rivershore Drive in New Bern, NC, died October 14, 2023.
He was predeceased by Lula Elsie Harrison Walsh, his wife of 77 years. He had one sister and one brother born to Mary Matilda Walsh and Stephen Joseph Walsh. He was pre-deceased by both siblings and their spouses. He was the father of five children and had eight grandchildren, four great-grandchildren, two great-great-grandchildren and numerous nieces, nephews, and step-family relatives.
Steve was born in Philadelphia, PA, on June 16, 1925. He was raised there and joined the USMC during World War II. He was stationed at Cherry Point (the year it opened) and his specialty was navigation. He received an honorable discharge in 1946. Through his service buddy, Melvin Harrison, he met his future wife.
Steve and Elsie raised their children in the Philadelphia area. Steve earned an Associates Degree from Temple University and worked his entire career in the television industry as an electronics engineer. In Philly, he worked at WFIL TV when it was the home of American Bandstand. In his last 15 years, he worked in New York as Vice President of Engineering for Editel which has become EUE/Screen Gems.
Surviving Steve are daughters, Carolyn (Nic), Patti and Joanne (Ron); sons, Stephen and William (Cathy); grandchildren, Sonya (Ben), Susan, Sarah (Stephen), Lisa, Meredith (Adam), Victoria, Matthew (Abby), Stephen and Stephanie; great-grandchildren, Farrah and Benny, Ryan, Julia and Joseph, Jonathan (Sabrina), Sean (Katie), Jesse (Kourtney) and Jason; and great-great-grandchildren, Jensen and Miles, Henry and Liam.
Steve resided at Rivershore Drive for 45 years, living there full-time after retiring from his profession in 1992. At his retirement “roast” Editel personnel composed this tribute to Steve to demonstrate his place in their hearts and his mark on the television industry:
Every house is built by someone. Someone who draws up the plans, lays the foundation, and makes it liveable. Editel is our house and Steve Walsh is our builder. He’s built Editel brick by brick and been an important part of our success. He’s our own unsung hero, working quietly behind the scenes and after hours. In fact, we only realize what he’s been up to when we see a note on the console that our problem has been fixed or our new machine installed. Over the past fifteen years, he's continued to care for our house by making improvements and keeping us up-to-date.
But now it’s time for Steve Walsh to turn his many talents toward himself, his family and his own home. When he leaves Editel and New York for the last time, he leaves behind a lasting mark on our industry and a lasting place in our hearts. We raise our glasses to you, Steve Walsh. May your integrity, your grace and your wisdom carry you through the many years ahead. We will miss seeing you around the house.
And we will miss seeing him around our house too…
Donations may be made in Steve’s name to Craven County Hospice. The family wishes to thank the nurses, aides, pastor, social worker, and volunteers for their invaluable support in the final months of Steve’s life.
Internment was at Greenleaf Memorial on October 19, 2023, with a private graveside ceremony and military honors.
Family and friends are welcome to submit online condolences at www.mundenfuneralhome.net.
Arrangements by Munden Funeral Home & Cremations in Havelock, NC.