James “Jim” Nichols Walsh of Ocala, FL, passed away of natural causes to be with The Lord on December 27, 2020. Born and raised in Hartford, CT, Jim was affectional known for his storytelling, jokes, antes, pranks, mischiefs, kindness, laughter and dry sense of humor.
It left the wait staff at his Mercy, favorite diners laughing and wandering what they just experienced when Jim was in the room.
During the late 50’s, Jim served honorably in the U.S. Navy aboard USS Essex. Growing up in a family of firefighters and serving as one himself for a time. Jim had a special place in his heart for firefighters, police Officers, first responders and all those who chose to serve and protect as public servants. In the early 70’s, Jim decided to trade the cold New England climate for the warmth and sunshine in Florida. Spending time in Lantana, Lake Worth and finally ending up in Ocala, he never looked back.
Jim was predeceased by his parents, Thomas and Dorothy Walsh, his four brothers Bob, Dick, Bill and Gerald and his daughter Pam Peterson.
He is survived by his loving wife, Kathy; his son Dave Walsh (Ann Leigh), stepson Jeff Meek (Jodi) and his sister Jeanne Trotta (Joe). His grandchildren, David, Riley, Anna, Danny, Darcy and Kyle. His greatgrandchildren Evan, Amelia as well as many nieces, nephews, cousins and other extended family.
The world needs to smile more and Jim was a smile maker. He will be missed, but never forgotten.