Joseph John (Joe) Walsh


Ballston Lake – Joseph John (Joe) Walsh died on June 29, 2022, at the age of 95. He was born to Ethel (Hayner)
and Joseph William Walsh in Gloversville, NY on January 16, 1927. His little sister Louise Ann
was born six years later. Joe shared wonderful stories about growing up on Irving Street in
Johnstown, NY. During these early years he learned to play the piano and his natural talent
blossomed through the years.
During Joe’s service in the Navy during WWII, he greatly missed his high school sweetheart,
Joyce Elaine Barney. They wrote letters daily, and after he was discharged, they married. Joe
and Joyce brought four daughters and one son into the world, raising them all in Johnstown and
Glenville among family and lifelong friends. Joyce predeceased Joe in 2018 after 71 years of
Joe is survived by Susan Louise (Michael) Armstrong, Kathleen Mary (Philip) Paterno, Sally Anne (Ronald) Comstock, Donald Joseph (Katherine) Walsh and Patricia Marie (Robert) Allen. Joseph and Joyce had 12 grandchildren, 24 great grandchildren and three great-great grandchildren.
From east to west, north to south, 11 states in the US are sprinkled with his precious
descendants – New York, Maine, Massachusetts, Maryland, Connecticut, Mississippi, Idaho,
Oregon, Washington, Nevada and California.
While raising his young family, Joe tried his hand at many jobs including the one his older
children loved most: Manager of Smalley’s Theater where he also taught himself to play the
massive Wurlitzer organ. He was then offered a wonderful career opportunity that took his
family to Scotia where he became a successful Agent for State Farm Insurance.
Just as he had in Johnstown, Joe found himself an integral part of the community, becoming
well-known for his humor and openness to new friends. He and Joyce were active members of
the East Glenville Fire Department and the fraternal organization of Shriners where they enjoyed
participation in their holiday parades. They also enjoyed camping with the family and eventually
built a summer camp (a family project) at Sacandaga Lake where many fond memories were
made. Their life together was always made richer by their love of music and the many friends they made wherever they traveled. Joe’s musical talents provided a supplemental income and
opened lots of doors. For 50 years, Joe conducted the 32-piece Johnstown Citizens Band during
summer concerts. He also played in various musical groups from combos, to dance bands to symphony. He was affectionately known as “Ivory Joe Walsh.”
When Joe retired from State Farm, and with the children grown, he and Joyce were able to
build their dream home in Spring Hill, FL where they lived during the winter months. As they
grew older, the distance and seasonal moves became too much, and so they moved again to be closer to their ever-expanding and close-knit family. Prestwick Chase Senior Living in Saratoga Springs became home, where they enjoyed three years filled with new friends, fun activities and the opportunity to entertain residents and staff with show tunes on the piano.
After Joyce passed, Joe was welcomed into the home of his son Don and daughter-in-law
Katherine in Ballston Lake. They lovingly cared for him for over a year until he died peacefully,
dreaming about the people, places and many precious moments of his life.
Deep gratitude is felt for the tender care and support provided by Community Hospice which
allowed Joe to receive comfort at home until his passing. Contributions can be made in Joseph
Walsh’s name at You may also share a memory or a word of
comfort online by posting at
Interment services, with full military honors, will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Tuesday July 12, at
Gerald BH Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery, followed by a private family gathering.

By LH Staff

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