James Edward Walsh, best known as Jim, 77 of Naples, Florida, passed away on June
12, 2020. He was born in Dorchester MA, and the son of the former Jennie and John
He graduated from Brighton High School for auto mechanics, attended Wentworth
Institute and worked for 21 years for St. Johnsbury Trucking in Vermont and then
Cambridge MA before leaving to become the Director of Maintenance for Hallamore
Transportation in Holbrook, MA.
He and his wife moved to West Yarmouth MA in 1980, and in 1982 he retired from
the transportation industry and pursued a lifelong dream of owning and running a
restaurant. He owned and operated 4 restaurants on Cape Cod with his wife until
2001. In 2002, they retired to their current residence of Naples, FL where they just
celebrated their 41 st wedding anniversary on June 2 nd .
He leaves behind his wife Rita (Doyle) Walsh, formerly of Braintree MA, currently
residing in Naples, FL and his four children: Maureen (Walsh) Shippee of Hinsdale
NH, Michael Walsh of Humarock MA, Melinda (Walsh) Hannah of Dover NH, and
Mark Walsh of Dover NH. Along with 3 stepchildren: Kelly (Webb) Roggatz of
Peroria AZ, Kevin Webb of Revere MA, and Philip Webb of Wareham MA. As well
as his Sister Kathleen (Walsh) Kelley of W. Roxbury MA and brother Richard Walsh
of Braintree, MA. Mr. Walsh also leaves behind fifteen grandchildren, two nieces and
a nephew. Mr. Walsh was predeceased by his brothers, John Walsh of Kingston MA
and Kenneth Walsh of W. Roxbury MA.
Jim was a great husband, father, and friend. He loved to tell stories, and thought his
jokes were the funniest. An incredible mechanic, he could diagnose a problem engine
just by listening to it. Jim was a member of the Naples Moose Lodge as well as a
lifetime member of the Elks Club.
A Celebration of Life memorial service will be held in Naples at the Fuller Funeral
Home and Crematory 4735 Tamiami Trl East, Naples FL on Saturday, June 27, 2020
at 11am. The family ask that people make donations to American Diabetes or
American Heart Associations in lieu of flowers.
To plant a tree in memory of James Edward Walsh, please visit our tribute store.