Harold George Walsh, Jr. was born in Galveston, Texas on July 15, 1924 to Harold and Cecilia Walsh. He passed from this life on September 10, 2007 after a very brief illness.
He graduated from Ball High School after serving as a Petty Officer 3rd Class in United States Navy Seabees in World War II from December 1942 until January 1946. He was a life member of VFW 880. He joined John Gray Co., Inc. General Contractors in 1950 where in 1964 he became owner and president until he retired in 1985. The company built many outstanding buildings and projects in Galveston and across Galveston County.
Harold was a member of Harmony Lodge No. 6 (since 1953), the Yorkrite Bodies and the Scottish Rite Bodies. He was a long standing member of the El Mina Shrine Temple, where he was a Past Potentate. In the 1960s, he served as director of the El Mina Shrine Drum and Bugle Corps and as president of the Texas Shrine Drum and Bugle Corp Association. In addition, he served terms on the Shriners Hospital Board as director and treasurer. Harold was a member of the Galveston Rotary Club, was a past president of the 20-30 Club, and was a past chairman of the construction division of the United Way. He was a past president of the Galveston County Contractors Association, past president of the Painting and Decorating Contractors Association, and past director of AGC-Houston Chapter. He served on the Galveston City Council, was a past member of the Beach Park Board of Trustees, and was a past chair of the Board of Adjustment and Appeals for the City of Galveston. He was a charter member of the Galveston Country Club, and was a member of Central Christian Church, where he was a past chairman of the board.
Harold was preceded in death by his parents and his first wife, Dorothy (Dottie) McCulloh Walsh. He is survived by his wife, Ethel Morse Walsh; sons Harold (Skip) Walsh, III and wife Kimberly of Haleiwa, Hawaii, and Edwin Walsh of Denver, Colorado; daughter, Darcy Walsh Hardy and husband, Rick of San Marcos, Texas; granddaughters Rikki Hardy and Kristi Hardy of Austin, Texas, and Alexandra Walsh and Madeline Walsh of Haleiwa, Hawaii; sister Lois Jean Walsh Ward and husband George, of Destin, Florida and brother Marcus Walsh and wife Pat, of Corpus Christi, Texas; step-sons Denis Pickron and wife Mollie, and Michael Pickron and wife Janice; step-grandchildren, Jeffrey Pickron, Keith Pickron, Brooke Pickron, Stacey Flowers-Carver, Laura Flowers-Carver, Tessa Elmer, Amanda Daigle, step-great grandson Avery Blanchard; numerous additional step-great grandchildren, and many relatives and friends.
Pallbearers will be Skip Walsh, Eddie Walsh, Rick Hardy, Marcus Walsh, George Ward, Denis Pickron, and Michael Pickron. Honorary pallbearers will be Paul Bleimeyer, Sonny Broome, Diego Cortez, Eugene Lucas, Jimmy Reegan, and Frank (Skip) Vollert.
Visitation will be on Wednesday, September 12, at Malloy & Son Funeral Home from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. A celebration of Harold’s life will be held on Thursday, September 13, at Central Christian Church (2702 Avenue O ½) at 10:00 with Reverend Dr. Jimmy Cobb and Reverend David Green officiating. Burial will follow the service at Galveston Memorial Cemetery.
Harold was a great storyteller and he had many interesting stories and experiences to share. He loved his family and he especially enjoyed his grandchildren. Harold was proud to be a BOI and lifelong resident of Galveston, and he loved living on the island.