Walter J Sliz

Born: Wed., Aug. 24, 1921
Died: Wed., Nov. 26, 2014


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Walter J. Sliz, 93, of Easthampton died Wednesday Nov. 26, 2014 at the Holyoke Soldiers’ Home. He was born in Easthampton August 24, 1921 the son of John and Julia (Lech) Sliz. He attended local elementary schools and Smith Vocational School in Northampton. Walter served in the Coast Guard during WW11. He was stationed in Boston on Harbor Patrol for nine months. He was then assigned to the Coast Guard Cutter, USS Tahoma, on convoy duty, escorting convoys from Boston to New Foundland -Greenland and Iceland for the remainder of the war. He was fond of telling anyone who would listen “war stories” about the North Atlantic Campaign.
Walter was employed by the former Stanley Home Products for 34 years retiring in 1962 as MTM Engineer.
He was an active member of the Sacred Heart of Jesus Parish and served many years as a member of the parish council. He was also very active in planning and organizing the annual parish picnic, which he looked forward to each year.
Walter was also an active member of the American Legion Post 224 and  served in various capacities. He was especially proud of his service as Post Chaplain, a positioned he held for over twenty years. He was a familiar face at all Legion functions and was particularly fond of participating in the Post sponsored spaghetti suppers.
Walter is survived by his wife of 71 years Clara (Michalski) Sliz  and one son Raymond Sliz of Easthampton. He was predeceased by one brother Michael Sliz and one sister Helen Pirog.
There are no calling hours and services and burial will be at convenience of the family.
Donation in Walter’s memory may be made to American Legion Post 224, 190 Pleasant Street, Easthampton,MA0l027.
Mitchell Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

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Vern & Lois Pare
   Posted Fri November 28, 2014
Ray so sorry to hear of your dad's passing. He was a very Happy and loving man. He had such a wonderful smile. We had such a nice visit when we saw him in Northampton. If there is anything we can do, please let us know. The City of Easthampton will miss him, as well as the Legion. God Bless

Kim & Ed Figiela
   Posted Tue December 02, 2014
Undoubtedly Walter touched many lives, most of which have passed and can’t share in their fond memories of this truly wonderful man he was. He was like a surrogate grandpa to our kids Eddie and Emma since we transplanted to Easthampton. He, Clara and Raymond were the closest “family” to us. I will always remember him saying, “hey, kiddo” (which I most certainly was to him!), his bike rides past our house (while I think of my own bike covered in dust in the garage!), the coin tricks he taught the kids that Emma still tries to duplicate, the many walks to the pond to feed the swans with Eddie, seeing him at Burger King having coffee with the guys. What a long and wonderful life he lived! It breaks my heart to think of this world without him. We love and will miss you!

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