SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno announced Saturday the death of retired Veterans Services Director and proud Marine, Daniel Walsh III.

Walsh was a former City Council President, a proud Marine veteran of the Vietnam War, and had also served as the city’s Veterans Services Director. His wife, Kateri Walsh, still serves as Councilor at Large for the City of Springfield.

“Me and him, we used to work very closely together. So I am definitely going to miss him, for all the work he did,” said Gumersindo Gomez, Executive Director of the Springfield Bilingual Veterans Outreach Center.

Mayor Domenic Sarno sent 22News the following statement, “First of all, my wife Carla and I extend our sympathy, thoughts, prayers, and encouragement to City Councilor Kateri Walsh, family, and friends on the passing of her husband, retired Veterans Director and proud Marine, Dan Walsh.  I was very sorry to hear about Dan’s passing, who I would always respectfully call ‘the Commander’.  Dan bravely and honorably served our Country during combat battles in Vietnam.  He proudly continued to serve our city as a city councilor and as our Veterans Director and was instrumental in creating the Peach Basket basketball game and the evening ball event at both hotels that would bring at the time, top-ranked Division I NCAA champions to play and kick off the college basketball season, which was nationally televised, right here in downtown Springfield at the old Civic Center.  Dan was fiercely proud to be a Marine and was so loyal to his family and our Springfield.  Dan, your battles have been won – may God rest your soul!”   

“On behalf of the entire Springfield City Council, I express my deepest condolences to the family and friends of Former City Council President Daniel Walsh. Mr. Walsh served his country, Commonwealth, and city alike, both in elected office and in the Marine Corp. He and his wife, our colleague Councilor Kateri Walsh, are the only husband and wife pair to have both served as City Council President, a fact that brought him great pride and joy.

Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends, especially our colleague, City Councilor Kateri Walsh, during this time.” 

Springfield City Council President Jesse Lederman