Massena: Walter G. Wilmshurst, 79 formerly of Massena passed away Monday morning (June 30, 2014) at his Florida residence in Englewood. Family and friends are invited to call Monday (July 7, 2014) from 2-4 and 7-9 P.M. at the Phillips Memorial Home, Massena. Funeral services will be held Tuesday 10:00 A.M. at the Phillips Memorial Home with Rev. Judith VanKennen officiating, with burial to follow in Ingham Cemetery, Morristown, NY.
The Massena Rotary Club will pay their respects at 2:15 P.M. Monday at the funeral home.
Walt is survived by his wife Kathleen, his sons Walt and Kirk and wife Amy both of Massena, his grandchildren, Walter Mackenzie, Emily, Wyatt, Margaret and Zane. Walt also leaves behind his sisters, Charlotte Oates of Crystal River, FL; and Catherine Crosier of Pittsford, NY; nieces and nephews.
Walt is also remembered by his stepchildren; Julie Regan of Lynchburg, VA; Dr. William Smith, Lake Placid, NY; Richard Smith, Fairfield, CT; Thomas Smith, Newburyport, MA; and Robert Smith of Marshfield, MA.
Walt was born in Canton on March 24, 1935 the son of Walter M. and Irene (Washer) Wilmshurst. He graduated from Canton High School 1953 and St. Lawrence University in 1957 with a B.A. Degree in Business Administration. He was commissioned Second LT through the ROTC program at St. Lawrence University. While on active duty he served as Executive Officer, then Company Commander, Company B, 716 Military Police Battalion in Fort Dix, NJ. He completed his reserve duty as First Lt. assigned to the 314 Military Police Battalion and 749 Engineering Battalion. He was employed at the Massena Banking and Trust Co in Massena later acquired by the National Bank of Northern New York through merger. Walt was named Assistant VP and Assistant Manager of the Massena Main St. Branch. He was later promoted Vice President in 1968 and later Branch Manager November 1968, In 1973 Walt was named Group Vice President for the St. Lawrence County offices.
In 1978 Walt was named President of the Massena Savings and Loan Association retiring in 2000. He served as Secretary and Director on the Board.
He married Eunice Kinney February 18, 1962 at the Advent Christian Church in Massena. Eunice predeceased Walt on December 15, 2003. For many years the family spent their summers at the cottage on Blackstone Bay, Morristown. Walt later married Kathleen Smith on March 23, 2005 at St. Raphael Church in Englewood, FL. He was a member of the Massena Rotary Club, past President, former President of the St. Lawrence County Bankers Association, former Board member of the St. Lawrence County United Fund, former Director of the Henry P. Clark Foundation, former board member of the Massena Memorial Hospital Board of Directors, and he also was very active in raising funds for the Massena Rotary Club, Massena Arena project.
Arrangements are the under the care and direction of the Phillips Memorial Home. Online condolences may be shared with the family at www.phillipsmemorial.com