Peter G. Walsh

Born: Sat., Mar. 4, 1916
Died: Sun., May 27, 2018

Memorial Meeting for Worship

2:00 PM Sun., Sep. 23, 2018
Location: Sandy Spring Friends Meeting House

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Peter George Walsh  
1916 – 2018

Peter George Walsh, son of Thomas Best Walsh and Alice Florence Walsh, was born in Palmers Green, London, England on March 4, 1916.  He had an older brother, Eric (London, U.K.) and a younger sister Mollie (Johannesburg, S.A.).
Peter attended Hazelwood Lane Elementary School (1921-1927) and Southgate County School (1927-1923), then studied at the Institute of Actuaries (1934-1936) and worked as a clerk at Pearl Assurance Co. Ltd (1934-1941).
At age 22, as England was drawn into World War Two, Peter found his pacifist voice and developed “a deep conviction that it is utterly wrong to destroy a human life”.    As part of the process of becoming a Conscientious Objector, Peter signed a Peace Pledge in 1938 stating: “I renounce war and will never support or sanction another”.  He worked in France as a civilian relief worker with the Friends Relief Service (1941–1946).While in France, Peter worked to safely transport orphans, food and medical supplies, and helped repair rooftops on orphanages & other buildings in towns devastated by the war. He met many American Quakers in the Relief Service, and his friendship with members of the Friends Ambulance Unit led him to move to the United States in 1948.
During the years (1948-1952) that Peter worked as business manager at the Pendle Hill Quaker Study Center (Wallingford, PA), Claire Holcomb found her way from NYC to study at Pendle Hill and met Peter.  A romance blossomed between the two and they were married in 1952 at Providence Meeting in Media, PA.
Peter worked as a commercial artist from 1952-1957, then at Eugenia Hospital as an art therapist andsocial worker (1958-1970).
From 1952-1963 the family rented a small Wallingford cottage from friends Frances & Evelyn Nicholson. During these years Peggy, Henny, and David were born and the family of 5 outgrew the cottage. They were fortunate to purchase an old farmhouse in a nearby cooperative community called Tanguy Homesteads.  Many happy memories were formed there.
The family joined Middletown Friends Meeting in Lima, PA, and through membership, tapped into another wide circle of friendly connections. Even though family roots were far away for Peter (England) and Claire (Seattle), they found great support within the Pendle Hill, Middletown Meeting, and Tanguy communities.
In 1986 they sold their Tanguy home and rented a lovely apartment in Swarthmore, PA.  Freedom from house maintenance and yard work opened up time for Peter to pursue his landscape painting interest. Peter took classes at Fleisher Art School in Philadelphia.
In 1990 Peter & Claire moved to Friends House, a retirement community in Sandy Spring, MD. They rented a cottage by a pond and later moved to an apartment in the same community.  They were active in the Quaker community & transferred their membership to Sandy Spring Friends Meeting.  
Peter found wonderful art classes at Montgomery County Community College, and particularly enjoyed outdoor painting classes during the summer months. He maintained a strong interest in art throughout his life, and developed an extensive portfolio of paintings, drawings, and calligraphy, some of which are on permanent display at the NIH in Bethesda, MD.  He also had many hobbies and interests beyond art, including music, sailing, chess, and mathematics.
During their years at Friends House, Peter and Claire enjoyed traveling in Maryland and exploring Washington, DC and Baltimore. Peter passed awayon Sunday, May 27, 2018, in Takoma Park, MD at the age of 102. He is survived by his 3 children: Peggy Edwards (Takoma Park, MD), Henny Walsh (Putney, VT), David Walsh (Kailua, HI) and 3 grandsons.
There will be a Memorial Meeting for Worship in the Sandy Spring Friends Meeting House, 17715 Meeting  House Rd., Sandy Spring, MD 20860 on Sunday, September 23, 2018 at 2pm. A reception will follow at 3pm. For information, please email or call Peggy at 202-270-1816.

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