Donald H. Walsh

Died: 2019-01-17
Resided in: Danvers, MA
Viewing type: Service at 10am
Viewing location: Mackey FH
Viewing date: 2019-01-24
Service type: Prayer Service at Funeral Home due to Weather
Service date: 2019-01-24 **10am**
Service location: All at Mackey FH on 1/24
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Donald H. Walsh, 73, of Danvers, MA passed on Jan. 17, 2019, following a courageous battle against Lung Disease.

Don graduated from Masconomet Regional High School in 1963 and later from the Newbury School of Business. He went on to serve his country in the U.S. Army during Vietnam as a MP. After coming home, he went on to work at the Christmas City in Topsfield that was owned by a family member. He later worked at the North Shore Shopping Center as a Security Guard which led him to a long career as a Police Officer with the Topsfield Police Dept. from 1976-1995. After retirement, he worked at the Ferncroft Hotel in Security. Known for his quick wit and a huge sense of humor, he always left you laughing. Everyone loved a Donnie story and he will be dearly missed. Donnie leaves his Topsfield Police brothers Edward {Bud} Holden and Glenn Walker who helped him with his illness the last 12 weeks and his cousins, Matt Bouras, Jean Bouras, Sally Zavarella, Elliott, John, Paul and Kathleen Hopkins.

A Funeral Service will be held on Thursday at 10am in the Mackey Funeral Home, 128 S. Main St., Rt. 114, Middleton, MA. In lieu of flowers, please make memorial donations in his name to the American Lung Association at


I worked at the Topsfield Police department with Donnie for many years....When I started I dispatched on the midnight shift, while he fought crime.....He was the funniest and kindest man I had ever met....Love you Donnie, rest in peace ...Cathy Gerry 💕
My best high school buddies were Donnie Walsh and Paul Cathcart. We always depended on Donnie to dream up our ridiculous escapades and he never let us down ! Donnie was a giant of a man with a heart of gold. I wasn't around in Topsfield after my US Army service discharge in 1967, but during any return visits all I ever heard about Donnie was how fair and professional an officer he was. But I can assure you he was still the Donnie Walsh who made me laugh and have great remembrances with over a nip or two. Donnie, I am sorry I wasn't present to personally say goodbye. I would have loved to tell you how much I valued our friendship and how lucky I was to have you consider me a friend. They don't make them like you anymore. Love you Donnie, and you will remain in my happy memories forever. Bill (Red) Dodds
Having served as a Dispatcher for the Topsfield Police Department, it was indeed a pleasure to work with Donnie. He was a unique character who performed his duties, supplied a ton of humor, served and protected the citizens, became an instant friend, and displayed compassion and empathy. Donnie knew the town, it's history and the residents. We bonded the moment he announced to me that he grew up in the house that I owned at that time. A true friend, you will be missed. Phil and Ellen Mahoney
I met Donny in 1986 at the NS mall. The first impression was he is funny and caring. The stories he would tell I could listen to them for hours. Walking the mall he brought humor to that, with an occasionally "Yup Yup" as we walked. I then met Donny as a fellow officer in a neighboring town. Then when he retired we kept in touch, since he worked at the Ferncroft hotel or I would stop over his house while I was working. He was always in a good mood with laughing & joking around,telling his stories. Donny you were a great friend and I know we will met again. Rest well my friend, you will be truly missed. TJ Timmons

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