John KI “Kibby” Walsh, of Holland, PA, died May 10, 2022 at St. Mary’s Hospital in Newtown, PA.
Kibby was born on November 19, 1943, to prominent Trenton attorney John KI Walsh and Catherine T. McMullen of Princeton. He was the eldest of six children and attended Blessed Sacrament Grammar School, Trenton Catholic High School, and St. Joseph’s University with a BS in International Relations.
Kib was a firm believer in public service. His career spanned 40 years for the State of NJ, with positions in the Departments of Transportation, Treasury, Insurance, Law and Public Safety, and the Office of Management and Budget. He has served on the following select commissions to find opportunities to improve government operations and services: Governor Tom Kean’s Task Force on Motor Vehicle Reform; Governor Jim Florio’s Management Review Commission; and Governor Christy Whitman’s Management Improvement Commission. He was a member of the American Society of Public Administrators, the American Society for Training and Development, and the National Association of Budget Officials. John served as a Staff Sergeant with the Finance Detachment of the 550th Administrative CO, NJ National Guard.
Kib was truly a renaissance man who had a range of passions and a wide diversity of friends. He was devoted to his family and caring towards his friends. He was an avid collector of fine wines, coins, stamps and logo balls from the golf courses he played on. His competitive spirit showed through, whether it was tennis, golf, trivial pursuit, or the willingness to argue a good point with anyone who had the stamina to stick with him. He and Liz enjoyed traveling with family and friends. As his illness forced him to live with physical restrictions in his later years, it was clear to see the undeniable joy “Pop” showed in the company of his grandsons. Kibby’s kind, encouraging and cheerful personality will surely be missed by many. A living example of a true gentleman!
Kib was predeceased by his parents and brother Peter P. Walsh. He is survived by his wife of 45 years, Elizabeth (Fadejew) Walsh; his daughter, Victoria “Tori” Walker and his son-in-law, Alexander Walker and his grandsons Aiden Walker and Chase Walker. He is also survived by his siblings Lynda Maul, Jeff Walsh (Debbie Furness), Cynthia McLendon (Jim), Suzanne Walton (Jack) and his brothers-in-law Peter Fadejew (Maria) and Christopher Fadeyev (Karen). He leaves to mourn many nieces and nephews.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the American Lung Association, Wounded Warriors or PBS.
Funeral mass will be celebrated at St. Andrews Catholic Church at 11:30 a.m. on Friday, May 20, 2022. Visitation at the church for family and friends will be from 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Arrangements are in the custody of FitzGerald-Sommer Funeral Home, 17 S. Delaware Ave., Yardley, PA 19067.
Posted May 14, 2022
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