On Tuesday, September 22nd, 2020, after a long and fruitful life, Daniel John Walsh, aged 93, peacefully passed away surrounded by his family at Doylestown Hospital. He was preceded in death by his wife, Marguerite V. (McSorley) Walsh.
Born in Maple Shade, NJ to the late John and Margaret (Schmutz) Walsh, Dan grew up the oldest of four children, a sister Marge (Karminski), and brothers John and Thomas, on East Linwood Avenue. He was a 1945 Graduate of Camden Catholic High School. Dan and his family vacationed each summer in Strathmere, NJ. He met his childhood sweetheart, Marge McSorley, while he was a lifeguard in Sea Isle City, NJ; they married shortly after Dan returned from WWII. Dan went on to earn a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from Villanova University.
Dan enlisted in the United States Army in 1945 and attended basic training in Biloxi, Mississippi. He was assigned to the 115th Military Police Battalion and was stationed in Naples and Florence, Italy. Dan was attached to a Chaplain detail which gave him the opportunity to meet Pope Pius XII at the Vatican and serve Mass with (Saint) Padre Pio of Pietrelcina. After he was honorably discharged in 1947, he returned home to Marge and they went on to raise a family of twelve children in Drexel Hill, PA.
Along with his brother John R. Walsh, brother-in-law Stanley J. Karminski, and good friend Edward McBride, he joined Walsh Machine Corporation, the family business, eventually located on Brandywine Street in Philadelphia. As the company grew, they moved the business to North Wales, PA and changed the name to Brandywine Products, Inc.
Throughout his life Dan was an avid sailor, aviator, and adventurer. He sailed all seven seas and saw many wonders of the world, such as: the Great Pyramids of Giza, the Arctic Circle, the Great Wall of China, the Vatican, and the Panama Canal. Dan always said, “There are many ways to educate, but the best way is by experiencing life”. Putting these words into action: he rode with his son, Vincent, on a cross-country tour of the United States via motorcycle, sailed to Greece with his daughter Peggy and her family, traveled to Germany with his son Paul and daughter Monica, visited South America, and for many years sailed the Caribbean with family and friends. But, most of all Dan loved the Jersey Shore and Long Beach Island, where he owned a home in Harvey Cedars, NJ.
Dan was a long-time parishioner of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic Church in Doylestown, PA. He was a fourth-degree Knight in the Knights of Columbus, a member of the Doylestown Ancient Order of Hibernians – Division 3, and an active member of Al-Anon – Courage to Change Club.
He is survived by his children, Peggy (Vince) Wellman, Denise (Ron) Thompson, Patrick (Peggie), Mary Rita (Henry) Siedzikowski, Matthew, Vince (Evelyn), Bernard (Nancy), Richard, Paul, and Monica. He was preceded in death by his daughter Maureen, his son Daniel, daughter-in-law Sandy, and granddaughter Emily. Daniel had 21 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren with more on the way.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, September 28th at Our Lady of Guadalupe, 5294 Cold Spring Creamery Road, Doylestown, PA. Should you not be able to attend in person, a live stream of the services will be available at www.olguadalupe.org/olg-live-masses.
Interment with military honors will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, September 29th at Washington Crossing National Cemetery, 830 Highland Road, Newtown, PA 18940.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Ancient Order of Hibernians at the following address: A.O.H. Bucks County, Division 3, P.O. Box 416, Doylestown, PA 18901.
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