Death of PPAN Member – Retired Deputy Chief Martin Walsh

WALSH, Martin “Bud” – Passed away, peacefully, at the Welland Hospital on Tuesday, February 27, 2018 in his 93rd year. Beloved husband of Helen (nee Gosselin) for 68 years. Dear brother of Fred Walsh (Jennie), David Walsh (late Gail), Marian Ellison and brother-in-law of Violet Walsh. Sadly missed by many nieces and nephews. Predeceased by his parents Frank and Gertrude Walsh, brothers James Walsh and William Carr and sister Marie Yorfido (Bruno).

Bud proudly served his Country during WWII as a Stoker with the Canadian Merchant Navy from September 8, 1942 until the end of hostilities on V- J Day, August 15, 1945. He continued to answer the call to serve with a long, well respected career in police services beginning with the Crowland Township Police in 1949, the Welland City Police in 1957 and retiring as Deputy Chief with the Niagara Regional Police Force in 1985.

Among his numerous accomplishments, Bud was the past President of Lookout Point Golf Club, the Rotary Club of St. Catharines South and The Probus Club of St. Catharines. He was a life member of the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police, the Niagara Bruce Trail Association, the Canadian Merchant Mariners Association and the Royal Canadian Naval Association. He was the recipient of many awards and medals of honour including the Paul Harris Fellow by Rotary International. In recent years, he enjoyed his Tuesday gatherings with the “old farts club” at M.T. Bellies where great minds would meet to debate current events.

Bud lived a life rich in the values that were of paramount importance to him — love of family, honesty, integrity. He exemplified what it means to be a public servant and leaves behind a strong and beautiful legacy.

A service to honour and celebrate Buds’ life will be held in the Chapel at the H.L. Cudney Funeral Home, 241 West Main Street, Welland on Monday, March 5th at 11 a.m. followed by interment at Holy Cross Cemetery. As an expression of sympathy, donations may be made to a charity of one’s choice. Online condolences available at

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