Walter E. “Wally” Larsen, 99, a longtime resident of Woburn, passed away quietly on Monday, November 14.
Wally was born to the late Christian and Marie Larsen in Woburn, Massachusetts on Veterans Day 1923. He proudly served his country in the United States Navy as a radar man second class during World War II. Upon returning from the war, he became a firefighter for the Woburn Fire Department for 30 years. He met his wife Edith (Craft) at their fifth year Woburn High School reunion and they were happily married for 69 years until her passing in 2017
He was a loving brother, husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather.
He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, brother Howard and sisters Bette and Dorothy.
He will be forever cherished by his children David Larsen and his partner Janet Grove of Lincoln, NH, Barbara Orman and her husband Paul Orman of Milledgeville, GA, Paul Larsen of Greenville, ME, and Jeff Larsen and his wife Cheryl Larsen of Nashua NH; grandchildren Daniel, Christopher, Glenn, Darcie, Darla, Jennifer, Avery; great grandchildren Kylie, Asia, Brooklyn, Annabelle, Sam and Jeremiah.
Wally loved his late wife and family. Before retirement, he was an active member of Montvale Congregational Church. Early in retirement he enjoyed traveling and volunteering including caddying for LPGA golfers. Later, he enjoyed playing cribbage, walking, and watching sports on TV. His friends at New Horizons at Choate Retirement Community described him as sweet and that you could hear his laughter from far away.
A Memorial service is planned for Saturday December 17, 2022, at 2 pm at the Montvale Congregational Church, 36 Orange St. Woburn. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in Wally’s’ memory to the New Horizons at Choate Activities Fund, 21 Warren Ave. Woburn 01801. Arrangements by Arthur P. Graham Funeral Home, Woburn.
FOR GREAT GRAMPY LARSEN: THE PATRIARCH WHO LEAD ME TO ONE OF MY NAMES
Final farewells are never enough so we have memory
When memory is not enough we have sleep
And when sleep won’t do we have conversation
And when conversation cannot bring time back well, then there is music to paint time in a more favorable light
See there is always an alternative to darkness
Yet darkness isn’t as it seems.
It’s not the lack of anything but the peaceful fulfillment,
Of everything all at once saying, “hi”.
Before you get a chance to say, “goodbye”