Walt Hilsee, age 66 of Havertown

Updated: Sep 9, 2020


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Walt was South Philly born and raised and proud of it! His parents, Rosemarie and Big Walt, gave him a wonderful life, with lots of love, laughter, and summers in Wildwood. Everybody loved Big Walt; he was the life of the party. Roe was the best mom, his number one lady...until he met Teresa McGlone through friends, on the way to Wildwood. Well, of course, where else would they meet?

Walt loved to travel. He and Terry were married in one of their favorite spots, Anguilla. When Pierce came along, the family enjoyed vacations and explorations together. He loved holidays and traditions established in his youth, expanded with his own family. Christmas Eve was spent with the McGlones, Christmas Day with the Hilsees and Melchiorres.

Terry and her Irish/Scottish/French Canadian outlaws might have been overwhelming to another guy, but not to Walt. He taught Terry and the outlaws the correct way to cook; it’s gravy, not sauce!

And then came Pierce. Pierce, ah, Pierce. How he loved you and your mom. There are no words. Walt was always a devoted Eagles fan; he didn’t know or care too much about soccer...until Pierce started playing. Walt became a huge fan of the game; he and Terry were fixtures at Pierce’s matches. He was such a proud dad! When Pierce grew up, as kids are apt to do, he felt the urge to explore the world outside of Havertown. That was a tough, emotional time for Walt and Terry. Seeing your son leave the nest is never easy, but Walt knew that Pierce needed his freedom. Walt missed the little boy that Pierce was, but he admired and respected the young man that Pierce had become.

Cigars. Cigars. Terry and Walt decided to quit smoking cigarettes and to do it together. They went to a hypnotist and that was that. Until one day on the beach in Punta Cana where a kid was selling Cuban cigars. It was love at first puff for Walt. Not so much for the rest of us.

Golf. Enough said.

Walt was honest and decent; he had countless friends and even more relatives. He would give you the shirt off his back, knowing full well that it wouldn’t fit. He was a fashion plate; always the best dressed at every occasion. Nobody knows exactly how many hats Walt accumulated, but he had a hat for every outfit, and maybe another fifty, just in case.

He told the truth, whether you wanted to hear it or not. He was the opposite of judgmental; he knew how to listen, really listen. You knew that he cared. Walt loved to have fun, sometimes a bit too much fun. Eventually he recognized that he had demons that he could not conquer on his own. Walt credited Alcoholics Anonymous and the grace of God for the sobriety he maintained proudly for the last fifteen years.

Generous, loving, and caring to the end, Walt donated his corneas to the Gift of Life Donor Program. His gift will enable two blind people to see. So, Walt will live on through these eyes that now can see, and through all of us and our loving memories.

Walt is with the cool angels, the ones who golf and smoke cigars. Fore!

Friends and Family are invited to a visitation from 9:30 to10:20 and then a funeral mass at 10:30 AM on Wednesday, September 9th at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 105 Wilson Avenue, Havertown PA 19083. Interment is private. Family and friends are invited the Springfield Country Club immediately after mass to celebrate Walt's life. Memorial contributions may be made in Walt's name to either Sacred Heart or Catholic Charities.

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