William “Bill” S. Walsh, 82

William “Bill” Sanford Walsh, 82, husband of the late Jeanne Marie (Richards) Walsh, passed away on Friday, July 28, 2023, at Phoenixville Hospital.

Born in Brooklyn, NY, he was the son of the late William K. Walsh and the late Rhoda (Pratt) Walsh.

He was a longtime member of Fairview Village Church of the Nazarene. In his later years, Bill enjoyed traveling with his wife Jeanne. He liked antiquing, caring for their horses, and going to Zern’s Farmers Market. Bill always enjoyed working outside on their various properties. He was an Aerospace Engineer with long term service at Lockheed Martin. Bill and his family have fond memories from vacations at the NJ shore.

Surviving is his son Jeffrey K. Walsh, husband of Lorrie; daughter Tammy L. Goodling, wife of Scot; daughter Kim Marie Falk, wife of Chris; sister Myrna Beiter, wife of Joseph; grandchildren Charity L. Robinson, wife of Ben, Christian K. Walsh, husband of Sarah, Michael J. Walsh, husband of Katie, Mitchel S. Goodling, husband of Clarissa, Devin K. Goodling, Trevor A. Goodling, Christina L. Walsh, and Jared L. Falk; and 9 great grandchildren. He is predeceased by his sons Michael S. Walsh and Gregory T. Walsh, and daughter Vanessa L. Walsh.

A funeral service will be held on Tuesday, August 1, 2023, at 10:30 AM at Fairview Village Church (3044 W. Germantown Pike, Eagleville, PA 19403) with Pastor David Bennett officiating. A visitation will also be held on Tuesday, August 1, 2023, from 9:00-10:30 AM at the church. Burial will be held on Wednesday, August 2, 2023, at 10:00AM at Limerick Garden of Memories (44 Swamp Pike, Limerick, PA 19468) with Pastor Andrew Ervin officiating the committal service.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Fairview Village Church in Bill’s name.

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I wanted to express my deepest condolences to Bill’s family. I can honestly say that without Bill’s mentoring and friendship my career and indeed my life would not have been the same. His wisdom and his devotion to God, his wife, his family and our customers’ mission always came first. He was a true character, a true friend and a true role model. He will be sorely missed!

~ Jennifer Byrne
9/28/2023 10:15:34 AM

Bill was not only a coworker, but also a good friend. I have so many wonderful memories of being mentored, working and traveling (traveling was always an adventure with Bill) together. He provided me with an excellent base for my career from GE to Arcfield. I truly missed Bill when he stopped working. My deepest condolences to his family and remember the wonderful memories will last forever.

~ Elise Hampson BERWYN, PA
8/3/2023 10:55:27 AM

Bill Walsh was of several mentors I had dating back to 1983. He schooled me well in electro-optics and image processing as well as how to be a leader in GE and Lockheed Martin. He was an incredible mentor, leader and engineer. I often thought of him as my second father. He has been missed dearly at work since the start of the pandemic and our mission has lost a true pioneer. He and his wife Jean had a wonderful family life and I enjoyed hearing his family stories. God Bless Bill and his family

~ Ken Vassallo
8/2/2023 6:24:16 PM

Bill Walsh enjoyed the pursuit of solving hard problems particularly ones that related to the image quality of satellite images. He worked tirelessly and was always surrounded by people who were part of his team. His sense of humor and direct communication made him a remarkable leader. I mastered many elements of the IQE under Bill’s tutelage. As an additional benefit he schooled me about homeless persons and the complexities in their lives. Bill had a life well lived.

~ Jeffrey Harris
8/2/2023 5:03:17 PM

Bill Walsh was one of the great Aerospace Engineers for this country as we learned to operate in space. He was admired by his peers and mentees at GE, as well as dozens of the government’s brightest space pioneers. This was “rocket science”. God Bless him. Thank you Bill.

W Graham, Bridgton, ME

~ Bill Graham
8/2/2023 4:04:47 PM

Bill was a brilliant engineer and a wonderful, caring man. It was my honor to have worked with him at the SI in the 80's. He was a great mentor to many of us and will indeed be missed.

~ Gary Goodrich Audubon, PA
8/2/2023 1:17:37 PM

I am so sorry for the loss of your dad and sister, Vanessa. I will keep you all in my prayers. ??

~ Joanne Schlichtig Camlin West Reading, PA
8/2/2023 9:02:47 AM

My condolences and thoughts are with the Walsh family. I worked with Bill for several years. He was in his late 70s and I was in my mid 20s but he was still my best friend in the office! We would meet in the conference room everyday Bill was in the office for several hours. Half the time he’d spend mentoring me, and the other half he’d tell me stories about his kids and grandkids! He was so proud of all of them! Bill was a brilliant engineer, a great mentor and an excellent friend!

~ Rose Blanchard
8/1/2023 8:34:58 PM

Bill and I worked together at the SI for over 30 years. He had great technical ability and used it to understand and provide solutions to many of the engineering challenges we encountered. But I remember him most as being one of the most decent and caring persons one would meet. He often spoke of his family and their importance to him but also cared for coworkers and their families. He is remembered fondly.

~ Tom Jones
8/1/2023 7:20:21 PM

I am saddened to hear about Bill's passing. My condolences and prayers to all his family and friends. Bill and Jean guided us through the Marriage classes 20 years ago and were some of the first people I met at Fairview.

~ Matt Miller
7/31/2023 2:15:39 PM