Walsh remembered for love of Pawtucket

Walsh remembered for love of Pawtucket

PAWTUCKET – Anthony “Spike” S. Walsh, the local longtime TV personality and organizer of numerous events to help the city he loved, died last week at the age of 79.

Walsh is being remembered for his tireless advocacy for Pawtucket.

Scott Rotondo, a regular on Walsh’s TV show and local radio host, told The Breeze Walsh “was one of the good ones.” Rotondo said he met Walsh years ago when he was invited to be on his show.

“Soon after that first appearance, he asked me to be a regular panelist, and the rest, as they say, was history,” said Rotondo in a post. “Best of all, we became friends. Doing the show with him every month was a joy, and such an incredible experience to look forward to. I’m indebted to him for that, and proud to know him. Rest well, my friend. You will be missed.”

Community organizer Patti Zacks said many people can complain about things, but Walsh had the tenacity to act on the issues he was passionate about. Whether providing joy with affordable family activities such as “Pumpkins in the Park,” or trying to “Save the Leroy,” she said he tried to make a difference.

“He left his mark on Pawtucket. ... I hope he knew that,” said Zacks.

The husband of Theresa (Roy) Johnston, Walsh was a U.S. Army veteran and the proprietor of Friends & Family Janitorial Services for the past 58 years. He was the former proprietor of Spike’s Clamcakes & Chowder and a longtime sponsor of the annual Pumpkins in the Park event at Slater Memorial Park.

He was a member of the IDIP Club, Pawtucket. He will also be remembered as a local political activist, serving as the founder and chairman of the Concerned Citizens Committee, chairman of Project Pride and the host of the local TV talk show, “Anthony Walsh & Company.”

His funeral with Military Honors will be held this Thursday, April 12, at 9 a.m., from William W. Tripp Funeral Home, 1008 Newport Ave., Pawtucket, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. in the Church of St. Leo the Great, 699 Central Ave., Pawtucket. Interment will be private. Visitation will be Wednesday, April 11, from 4 to 7 p.m. Flowers are respectfully omitted.

Make memorial gifts to either Hope Hospice & Palliative Care RI, 1085 North Main St., Providence, RI, 02904, or Operation Stand Down RI, 1010 Hartford Ave., Johnston, R.I., 02910, or online at www.OSDRI.org .

Comments

Anthony Walsh was an asset to Pawtucket. He truly loved our city and actually worked hard at improving it. We have lost an outstanding man. He always showed leadership and was not afraid to contend with our government for a better Pawtucket. We need more people like him. God Bless the family!