Born April 29, 1927 in New Brunswick, NJ to Edward and Marguerite (McGovern) Walsh, he resided in Fulton since 1931. He was a 1943 graduate of Fulton High School and attended the Crane School of Music at Potsdam.
He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy from 1945-1946 serving in the Pacific Theatre, Hawaii, Philippines, Korea and China aboard the U.S.S. LSM 475. He was vice president of Walsh’s Manor Inc. Restaurant in Fulton from 1947-1957.