Obituaries

Kevin M. Walsh

September 7th, 2021

Kevin M. Walsh, of Wilmington, passed away on September 7, 2021, at age 61.

Kevin was married to Christine M. Riley. He was the founder of three companies. Two of the three are multimillion dollar businesses still in operation today. He was co-founder of Skydive New England in Lebanon, Maine, still in operation. He also founded Walsh Partners Capital Corporation, which raised more than $6 billion for institutional investors. He sold both of these companies. In recent years, he enjoyed a Financial Planning (CFP) service until his passing.

Kevin was born on October 19, 1959, to Thomas D. Walsh and the late Ann M. Walsh. He grew up in Milton and attended Boston College High School, where he was a three-year starter in varsity football. He then attended Bowdoin College, where he majored in Romance Languages. He also studied in Spain. Kevin was fluent in Spanish all of his life.

Kevin was a skydiver and performed almost 2,000 skydives. He was also a pilot with 3,000 flying hours. And, he was a mountain hiker, having climbed all but two of the sixty-seven 4,000-footers in New England (all but the Bigelows in Maine).

Kevin was also a George Orwell fan. He loved the book “1984”, but he wanted to prove Orwell’s prediction wrong – with a symbolic act of optimism. So, he planned an adventure on January 1st, 1984: “I wanted to do something that would celebrate the arrival of the new year—despite Orwell’s ominous warning,” said Kevin. He had his skydiving buddies strap him to 57 balloons for an ascent up to about 6,000 feet and for a ride across Massachusetts. Approaching Boston, he dis-engaged and parachuted to earth. That adventure had never been attempted before. It made newspapers around the world. Kevin has always said, “That was my biggest adventure.”

In addition to his father, he leaves one son, Daniel Walsh and his partner, Kerin Gaydou of Boulder, Colorado. He also leaves a sister Kathleen Walsh Samp and her husband Edward Samp of Wayland and Moultonborough, NH, a sister Patricia Greene and her late husband Frederick of Newton, and a brother Thomas Walsh, Jr. and his wife Hiroe of Quincy.

In lieu of flowers, Kevin asks that you perform an act of kindness and ask for nothing in return—seriously!

Family and friends will gather for a Funeral at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave., (Rte. 62), Wilmington, MA on Tuesday, September 14th at 11:00 a.m. followed by a Mass of Christian Burial in St. Thomas of Villanova Church, 126 Middlesex Ave, Wilmington at 12:00 noon. Visiting hours will be held at the Funeral Home on Monday, September 13th from 5:00-7:00 p.m.

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8 Entries in Guest Book for “Kevin M. Walsh”

  1. Lisa Martino says:

    My deepest condolences and prayers to Kevin’s family during this sad and difficult time. He is soaring in a sky of angels !! Rest In Peace Kevin ??

  2. Rebecca Marcantonio says:

    If everyone did an act of kindness the world would be a better place. Rest in peace Kevin.My condolences to all of the family and friends left behind.

  3. Cheryl McNulty says:

    With all of his business success many who knew Kevin, as I did, can think only of his most important success helping hundreds of others by being kind and endlessly encouraging. I will miss you Kevin. I am glad you are at peace.

  4. Mark A. Clark says:

    Kevin was a great guy always a pleasure to be around ,he will be missed.

  5. Patricia Shaheen says:

    I’m very saddened to hear of Kevin‘s passing. He was a great guy and much beloved by his friends and family. My condolences to Tom and all of the Walsh family.

  6. Linda and AllanDunn says:

    We will always remember Kevin’s optimistic spirit and also being full of fun and wanting to have a good time. His winning smile will be missed by his family and friends.

  7. Peter Dulong says:

    I’m so sorry to hear of Kevin’s passing. I will miss him big time.We shared many friends and more. When he learned of my plight, he didn’t hesitate to reach out to me even though he was hurting. We shared our common experience many times during the past few months, and every time his touch base helped me to ‘float above’ my problems. His final request that we practice random acts of kindness is to do what he did right up until the end. I will miss him big time but I know that his caring and his love lives on in all of those he loved and we are all better for knowing him.

  8. (Rev.) Donald A. MacMillan, SJ says:

    I taught Kevin at BC High. Always interesting encounters with him. Smart, interested in his Spanish studies. A great athlete and loved parties with his friends, and he had many friends. I was called by his son, Dan, to anoint him last week and we reminisced about his BC High days. May he rest in peace and God comfort his family and friends.

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