Michael (Jimmy) Walsh
Michael (Jimmy) Walsh’s strong heart, along with his loving wife, Bernie Shanahan Walsh, and all of the prayers and petitions from Knock, Ireland and here at home, saw him through four years of cancer, when oncologists predicted he would only survive two weeks. Love, faith and good DNA go a long way; mercifully they carried him through this long journey. Jimmy passed away peacefully at home on Thursday, November 12, 2015.
Jimmy began his journey in the Bronx, NY and then settled in Trenton, NJ with his mother and father (Mae and Micky) and his sister, Helene. As kids growing up on Monmouth Place (Flannigan’s Alley), Jimmy and Helene were crowned the “Freckle King & Queen” of Trenton. Jimmy loved sports and politics. He played soccer in school and followed Irish athletic teams, Irish music, literature, and history.
Jimmy graduated from the original Trenton Catholic Boys High School. He proudly served in the United States Marine Corps, completing boot camp at Paris Island, SC and then stationed at Camp Lejeune in Jacksonville, NC. Jimmy studied business at Temple University. He established two successful “Red Fox” restaurants in Stratton, VT and West Hampton, Long Island, NY. Jimmy (Trader Jim) was the proud owner of his Irish Import company, Walsh Trading Co. in Hamilton, NJ.
Jimmy was a member of the Irish American Cultural Institute (IACI) and was instrumental in their Annie Moore Project commemorative statue which was unveiled by President Mary Robinson in 1993. The statue stands today as a symbol of permanent union between Ireland and the United States which made Jimmy very proud to be part of. In 2012 Jimmy received a prestigious award for his contribution to the Irish American market; this award was presented by the Irish Exporters at the Ireland Show in Secaucus, NJ. The Irish Echo awarded Jimmy the Irish Small Business Excellence Award in 2013.
Jimmy was a member of Our Lady of Sorrows Church, and a founding member of the Joe Cahill Division #10, Ancient Order of Hibernians, serving as its first Division President. Jimmy also founded the annual Mercer County Irish Festival in 2011, and was recently honored as Grand Marshall of the 28th annual Saint Patrick’s Day Parade in Trenton, NJ. Jimmy also served as Treasurer and Vice President of the State Board of the Ancient Order of Hibernians. During his tenure he sponsored the County Tyrone Marching Band that enlivened and strengthened bonds on both sides of the pond. He supported and celebrated his Irish heritage however and wherever he could.
Jimmy is survived by his loving wife, Bernie; daughter, Emma (Jay); grandchildren, Kortnie and Kieran; sister, Helene Walsh Opalski; brother-in-law Doug Opalski; nephews, Mark(Karen), Michael and John Opalski; grand-nephews, Lucas and Hudson; and grand-nieces, Logan and Marlo; and many loving cousins, friends , and colleagues here and abroad.
Relatives and friends are invited to attend a visitation on Sunday, November 15th from 3:00 to 6:00 pm and Monday from 9:30 - 10:30AM at the M. William Murphy Funeral Home, 1863 Hamilton Ave. Hamilton, NJ.
A mass of Christian celebration will be held on Monday, November 16th at 11:00 am at Our Lady of Sorrows Church, 3710 E State St. Ext., Mercerville, NJ 08619.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Compassionate Care Hospice, St. Francis Medical Center, Trenton, or RWJ Cancer Center, Hamilton, NJ.
Posted on 14 Nov 2015 by MFH