Mr. Walter K. Ahearn, Jr, 87 formerly a longtime resident of Middlebury, Connecticut passed away in Venice Hospital in Florida after a short illness on February 12, 2019. He was born in Waterbury, Connecticut on June 19, 1931 son of the late Walter K. Ahearn, Sr. and Alice (Quinlain) Ahearn. He was predeceased by his wife, Irene (Tucker) Ahearn.
Walter graduated from Wilby High School and attended Central Connecticut State College. He served in the United States Army during the Korean Conflict and after continued to serve in the Army National Guard. Walter was active in the Town of Middlebury and was instrumental in forming the girls’ softball and basketball league in addition to coaching for several years. He also served on the Middlebury Parks and Recreation Committee among other Town committees. He was a member of the Middlebury Lions Club and served as a District Governor. He enjoyed the game of Bridge and was a Junior Bridge Master and taught the game for several years in both Middlebury and North Port. In addition, he was very active in the Catholic Church he so loved. He served on the Parish counsel at St John of the Cross Church and as an usher and Eucharistic Minister at both St John of the Cross in Middlebury and San Pedro Catholic Church in North Port, FL
Walter loved his family and is survived by his four children Kimberly (William) Porter of Reinholds, PA; Karen (Howard) Schneider of Littleton, MA, Kathryn (Andrew) Birecki of Andover, MA; and David Ahearn of Middlebury, CT and eleven grandchildren Kacey Schneider, Jessica (Wallis) Osborn, Jason (Becky) Schneider, Lauren (William) Hickman, Emily (Tom) Neff, Daniel Schneider, Michael Birecki, Ryan Ahearn, Connor Ahearn, Mackenzie Ahearn and Kaitlynn Ahearn and six great grandchildren Bailey Neff, Taft Osborn, Jupiter Rae Ahearn, Finley Hickman, Matthew Schneider and August Osborn, one sister Nancy (John) Nori of Milford, CT and sister-in-law Marilyn (Tucker) Sheldon of Wallingford, CT. Niece Caroline (James) Greene, great niece Anna Carbutti and great nephews Andrew Carbutti and Christopher Carbutti.
Visiting Hours will be Tuesday, February 19, 2019 from 5 pm to 8 pm at Munson-Lovetere Funeral Home, 235 Main Street North, Southbury, CT. A Mass of Christian burial will be held at St John of the Cross Church, 1263 West Street, Middlebury, CT at 10:00 am on Wednesday February 20, 2019.