Jim (aka Bingo at the time) met Debra Eckel in March of 1973. Luckily for Jim, Debra’s boyfriend at the time neglected to send her a Valentine’s Day card which infuriated Debra’s friends. The first thought of those fateful friends was they had the perfect gentleman in mind for Debra who would be the last person in the world to forget a Valentine’s Day card - Jim Walsh. Fast forward 46 years where Jim and Debra built a life together consisting of 39 years of marriage, 3 children, and 4 grandchildren among a plethora of other memories and accomplishments. Lovingly called “Walshy” by his Eckel ‘brothers’.
On Saturday, August 10th, Jim was doing what he does best - enjoying a round of golf! Playing with his brother-in-law and nephew, they rounded out the day with Uncle Danny having no mercy and taking the win.
Early on the morning of August 11, Jim suffered a stroke and was brought to St. Luke’s Hospital in Bethlehem, PA. Jim was completely surrounded by family every second of this experience. On Thursday, August 15, 2019, The Assumption of Mary, Jim joined the Blessed Mother and reached out to take the hand of his mother, Margaret Walsh, in eternal life with God.
James Joseph Walsh was born on October 11, 1950, in Newark, New Jersey. He grew up with his father (Luke E. Walsh), mother (Margaret Walsh), and sister (Kathy Inge). He graduated from Essex Catholic High School in 1968 and later received his Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees from Seton Hall University where he met his wife, Debra Eckel. Jim was a member of Phi Kappa Theta at Seton Hall where he picked up the nickname of “Bingo” for never missing a shot playing basketball.
Jim has three sons and four grandchildren. Ian Walsh (Anne Marchezak, Zander J., Keira Lou). Devin Walsh (Melda Baysal Walsh, Luke Derin, Ceyda Sage). Ryan Walsh (Jennifer Solomon).
Jim loved his family, watching sports, teaching his sons the art of business, relaxing on his back porch with Debra, and is most well known by his friends as the best 25 handicap golfer in the world.
The Walsh family asks that friends remember Jim by speaking to each other and sharing stories and memories they have with Jim.
In lieu of gifts or flowers, Jim would like donations made to The Wounded Warrior Project or the Marine Corps. - Law Enforcement Foundation.