Born at home on Sixth Street in Morgan City on Dec. 17, 1920, Mr. Dewey Brupbacher Walsh died at his home on Second Street with his wife at his side, March, 4, 2013. He was 92 years old. Mr. Walsh was the second son of David Connel Walsh Sr., and Julia Cecelia Brupbacher Walsh, both of Morgan City. Pre-deceased by his parents and his older brother, David Connel Walsh Jr., he is survived by his wife, Astrid Von den Brincken Walsh.
Mr. Walsh was a businessman who worked in commercial and residential real estate, a job he learned from his father. One of his first jobs was at the Ford dealership and garage in Morgan City owned by D.C. Walsh Sr. For many years he maintained numerous rental houses in the Morgan City area, and until his death, he remained president of the D.C. Walsh Co. Inc., a family business.
A graduate of Morgan City High School, he received a Bachelor of Science degree in Agriculture in 1942 from Southwestern Louisiana Institute, now the University of Louisiana in Lafayette. His interest in botany was manifest by his beautiful garden, which was of primary importance to him throughout his life. He grew numerous vegetables in his backyard each spring. Friends and family eagerly anticipated his home-grown tomatoes. For years he nurtured an antique rose which he grafted from a bush in his grandmother, Ozia Trosclair Brupbacher’s, yard on Second Street.
After college, Mr. Walsh joined the U.S. Coast Guard in which he proudly served during World War II.
A dutiful son and nephew, he took loving care of his mother who was widowed in 1962 and his two aunts, Violet Brupbacher Hannaford, a widow, and Mabel Brupbacher, a retired math teacher, until their deaths in the 1960s. In his mid-forties he met his future wife, Astrid Von den Brincken, a native of Latvia, through friends in New Orleans. After a beautiful courtship, they married in April of 1967.
He was a lifelong member of Trinity Episcopal Church where he served in various capacities over the years, from sexton, which his duties included wiping the pews, mopping the floors and carrying wood and coal for the potbellied stove, to superintendent of the Sunday School. He held a soft spot in his heart for young children and small animals.
In addition to his wife, Astrid, he is survived by three nieces and a nephew, Allison Walsh Trosclair and Catherine Walsh Colvin, both of Austin, Texas, their children and grandchildren; and his niece and nephew by marriage, Karen Anderson of Lafayette and Tom Anderson of Vail, Colo..
The funeral service will be held at Trinity Episcopal Church in Morgan City at 11 a.m. Thursday, March 7, 2013. Family and friends are welcome to come to the wake which will be held in the sanctuary beginning at 10 a.m. Burial will take place at the Morgan City Cemetery immediately following the service.
Rather than flowers, memorial donations may be directed to Trinity Episcopal Church or to the charity of one’s choice.