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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