Edward J. "Eddie" Walsh Print E-mail

Edward J. “Eddie” Walsh

Retired longtime Commissioner of Public Works,

Edward J. “Eddie” Walsh, 92, a well-known and loved local business owner and former City of Lowell Commissioner of Public Works, passed away peacefully on Thursday August 20, 2020 after a brief illness.
A longtime resident of the Highlands, he was the loving husband for over 48 years of the late Rosemary W. (Billingsley) Walsh and the beloved longtime partner of Barbara Kager of Dracut, who survives him.
Ed was born in Detroit, Michigan on December 5, 1927, a son of the late Edward and the late Annie (McNulty) Walsh.
A veteran of World War II, he proudly served his country as a member of the U.S. Navy.
Growing up he worked in his family’s Asphalt Paving Business and Uncle’s Greenhouse Business. Following the War, he came back to Lowell and made the decision to joined his family at James Walsh and Sons Asphalt Paving, started by his late grandfather in the late 1800’s, where he remained the owner and operator for over 40 years until his retirement in 1992.
A highly respected businessman, Ed later joined the City of Lowell Department of Public Works as its Commissioner where he remained for over 16 years until his retirement in 2008. Over that time, Ed helped oversee the infrastructure of several key development projects for the City.
“Eddie”, as he was fondly referred to by his legion of friends and family, always had a great smile and a warm hello when he saw you and over his lifetime was extremely generous in helping others, especially with his time and effort. Always kind and genuine, his name was synonymous with the expression “great guy”.
An accomplished skier who loved skiing, Eddie took ski trips all around the world, including the Swiss and Italian Alps. He had a second home in Lincoln, NH and was a regular at Loon Mountain.
Eddie also loved to golf and was a longtime member, Past Director and Honorary Member of Mount Pleasant Golf Club.
He was also a former member, a Past Director and Past President of Vesper Country Club and was an over 30-year Corporator of the Lowell Five Cents Savings Bank.
Eddie was most happy when he was with his family, skiing, golfing, and socializing with his friends. He will truly be missed by many.
Besides his partner Barbara, he is survived by his daughter Deirdre Cahill and her partner Bill Gartner of Meredith, NH; his granddaughter Kaitlyn Cahill of Chicago, IL; his daughter-in-law Mary (Wittenhagen) Walsh of Beverly; three step grandchildren Caitlyn Landry, Terry and Jason Waldron; and many nieces and nephews.
He was also the father of the late Edward J. Walsh, III and the brother of the late Rita Walsh Quigley.
Due to Covid 19 restrictions a Private Graveside Service took place at St. Patrick’s Cemetery on Wednesday September 2, 2020. A Celebration of Life Memorial is planned for 2021 with all his family and friends. E-condolences at
www.odonnellfuneralhome.com. Those wishing may make contributions in his memory to the Lowell General Hospital ICU Units, c/o LGH Philanthropy Dept., 295 Varnum Ave., Lowell, MA 01854 or D’Youville Manor Rehab Center, 981 Varnum Ave., Lowell, MA 01854. Arrangements by the O’DONNELL FUNERAL HOME – LOWELL, MA – (978) 458-8768.   


Condolences (7)
  • Michael J Howe
    I could write about Eddie for a long time but I hope I can sum him up in this one sentence. If Eddie called, you answered the phone and said to him “I will be right there”. That’s the type of guy he was. His handshake was his bond. I was lucky enough to know him and feel a great loss knowing he has passed away but I will cherish the great memories that I have of him. May God Bless you Eddie and my prayers are with you. My condolences to Eddie’s family. Sincerely, Michael J. Howe
  • Chuck Moran  - Memories of a Friend
    I thoroughly enjoyed working with Eddie for many years at City Hall. All of my memories of Eddie are of a great guy.He will be missed.
  • Danielle Philipp  - Warm thoughts and prayers
    To Barb and all of the family, I am so saddened to here about Eddie's passing. He was always that bright smile around the gym who was more interested in asking how everyone else was doing. I will surely miss all of our amazing conversations and him sharing his stories and accomplishments from his past years. He truly is an inspiration for health and fitness. Barb, my thoughts and prayers are with you. Please continue to take a piece of Eddie's strength and continue to be the strong woman that you are. My deepest sympathy. With love, Danielle Philipp (Therafit)
  • Paul Fulmore  - Ever Present Smile
    I Had The Privilige To Meet Ed When He Was The Lowell DPW Commissioner, When Selling Materials To The DPW. He Always Made Time To Say Hello Or Share A Quick Anecdote. Just A CLASS GUY!
  • Stephen Curran  - My Friend
    Ed, I was lucky to know you, I enjoyed our friendship. God bless you rest in peace. Steve Curran
  • Darin McCarthy  - With Deepest Sympathy
    We are all so very saddened to here of Eddie's passing. We will miss his infectious laugh as he brightened everyone’s day when he and Barbara would come in and exercise. It seems every time he would enter our facility, he ran into yet someone else who knew him. He will be missed dearly by everyone here. To Barbara and his family, please accept our deepest condolences. Sincerely, The staff at Therafit, Inc.
  • Steve Panagiotakos  - The Epitome of a Friend
    There was no bad days when you were in Eddie's company. He had a spirit and joy that was affectuous. He will certainly be missed and certainly be remembered as the epitome of a Friend....Sincerely Steve
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