Rev. George E. Walsh Jr., church founder, ironworker - The Buffalo News
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Rev. George E. Walsh Jr., church founder, ironworker

Nov. 27, 1929 – March 8, 2014

The Rev. George E. Walsh Jr., visitation pastor at Full Gospel Tabernacle in Orchard Park, died Saturday under Hospice care at Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital, Amherst. He was 84.

Born in Buffalo, he was a structural ironworker for Ironworkers Local 6 in Buffalo. He worked on the Buffalo Skyway and the second Grand Island Bridge in addition to many local buildings. After he retired as an ironworker in 1991, he earned a certificate from the Buffalo School of Bible and became a full-time pastor.

Mr. Walsh was well known at local hospitals and nursing homes as either the “smiling” pastor or the “pastor with the ties,” as he wore only Scripture ties that gave a message.

He and his wife, Gerri, were loyal members at The Tabernacle. The home Bible study group they attended saw the need for a church closer to the Northtowns that was similar to The Tabernacle. Mr. Walsh and his family, along with several members of other Bible groups, founded the sister church, New Covenant Tabernacle in the Tonawandas in 1980. Mr. Walsh established the visitation ministry at New Covenant Tabernacle. He and his wife served at New Covenant for 14 years before returning to their home church in Orchard Park in 1994, where he continued his visitation ministry. He retired due to illness at 84.

Survivors include his wife of 63 years, the former M. Geraldine Lomas; a son, George III; a brother, William; a sister, Mary Margaret “Peggy” Kraus-Wagner; and three grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held at 10:30 a.m. April 12 at Full Gospel Tabernacle, 3210 Southwestern Blvd., Orchard Park.

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