Dick Walsh

May 16, 2017

Captain Richard P. Walsh, 68, of Syracuse, NY, passed away on Tuesday. Born on Tipperary Hill in 1948, he was a graduate of St. Patrick's School, Class of '66. He received his Bachelor's and Master's Degrees from Syracuse University, and completed his doctoral course work in Social Psychology at the Maxwell School. He also taught criminal justice at LeMoyne College.

He joined the Syracuse Police Department in May 1970, and became the Captain of Detectives in 1987, where he had a singularly distinguished career until his retirement on Saturday, March 12th, 2011, when he was honored as the Grand Marshal of the Syracuse St. Patrick's Day Parade.

A die-hard fan of the New York Yankees and SU sports, Capt. Walsh was at his happiest with his family, especially his grandchildren, and driving his pontoon boat--cold beer in hand--around beautiful Otisco Lake.

He is survived by his wife, Mary M. (Shortt)Walsh, his two brothers, David (Mary) and Michael (Kathy)Walsh, his sons Daniel, (Kristen) and Richard J. (Danielle)Walsh, and his three grandchildren, Riley, Reagan and Joseph Patrick Walsh.

Calling Hours will be Friday, May 19, 2017 from 4pm to 7pm at St. Patrick's Church in Syracuse. The Mass of Christian Burial will be Saturday at 10am, followed by the funeral procession to St. Mary's Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to St. Patrick's Church Heritage Fund; 216 N. Lowell Ave., Syracuse, NY 13204.

Richie & I made captain about the same time. I recall his getting the premier job of CO, CID. I had been there 16 years at that point and multiple men, good men, had filled that role. Beansy Lynch, Denny O'Donnell, Ozzie McCarthy, Walt Sloan just to name a few. The fact that Dick held onto it for 25 years is testament to his professionalism and dedication to the job.

The Syracuse St. Patrick's Parade joins the Central New York community in mourning the loss of our colleague and friend, 2011 Grand Marshal Richard P. "Richie" Walsh.

Richie was a mainstay of the Syracuse St. Patrick's Parade. He was there in the early years, working alongside parade founder Nancy Duffy, and he stayed with the parade for all of its 35 years. He helped the parade through its growing pains and was instrumental in shaping it into what has become the city's biggest community event. In the annual storm of preparations, Richie provided a calm, thoughtful foundation. His unflappable demeanor and softly spoken, well-chosen words were key to solving many challenges. His knowledge of parade history and his deep roots in the Syracuse Irish community helped drive the parade's annual success. And his wry smile and dry Irish wit could be counted on to diffuse just about any disagreement.

Beyond parade activities, Richie helped organize the St. Patrick's Hunger Project. He and his wife, Mary, volunteered with Project Children, escorting children from Belfast to the Syracuse area for a summer away from "the troubles."

It was an honor to salute him as our grand marshal in 2011, the year he retired after more than 40 years with the Syracuse Police Department. Now, our thoughts and prayers are with his beloved family.