(The following is a Letter to the Editor sent by the Village of Wesbury mayor and board of trustees: Mayor Ernest J. Strada, Deputy Mayor Paul H. Echausse, Trustee John J. Meegan, Trustee Alphonse J. Campbell, and Trustee Peter I. Cavallaro.)
On Sunday, July 11, the Village of Westbury commemorated to the Memory of Edward R. Walsh, its former Superintendent of Recreation, the Meeting Room in the newly furnished Village Recreation Annex. During the dedication, before Ed's family and many of his friends and residents of the village, Thomas S. Gulotta, our county executive, commented on our sometime failure to remember someone when they are still with us. I am sure that many, myself included, agree with Tom's comment. Nonetheless, the number of people who sat with smiles on their faces, I'm sure recalling happy incidents or pleasant memories of Ed, were pleased to know that, with the dedication of the room, he will continue to be with us as the village moves forward. Unfortunately, due to the brevity of the program, many who attended were unable to speak of him and their admiration and love for what he believed in.
All of us who knew him remember how he enjoyed writing and so much of what he wrote remains with us. It is for that reason why the village board has attempted to put on to paper the thoughts of gratitude and appreciation of the village and its residents, and those with whom he served. A permanent record of his accomplishments, will enable his family, and those who come after us, to understand the esteem in which he was held by people because of his love and commitment to others. We were truly blessed to have Ed in our midst and it is regrettable that we did not make him more aware of our feelings.
Ed would have been embarrassed by all the hoopla of the dedication. He was a humble person and went about spreading his goodness without any fanfare. He epitomized the proverbial saying, "he'd give you the shirt off his back." Many, many people can attest to this fact. He lived his life filled with kindness and courtesy. Throughout his long career of public service, Ed Walsh earned the respect, love and affection of all with whom he came in contact. He was a humanitarian with absolute integrity and dedication.
Ed Walsh is sorely missed by his family, the officials of the Village of Westbury, the residents and his friends. We are grateful for the time he was with us and deeply aware of the loss we have sustained. We are all a little better for having been touched by Ed.