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OBITUARIES:  (published April 18, 2019)

John Carroll Walsh
John Carroll Walsh, 76, of Indian Head Park, formerly of Hinsdale, passed away April 13, 2019.
   He was born in 1942 in Highland Park, Mich., to Virginia Catherine Walsh and John Nicholas Walsh. He was the first of five siblings and adored by many, especially by his grandmother Ma Mary.
   John was very smart from a young age and had a keen sense of humor. He spent the majority of his life in the suburbs of Chicago. He was a true patriot and enlisted in the Army to fight for his country in 1963-65 during the Vietnam War. Stationed in Munich, Germany, as a Radio TT operator ranked private E-1 where he was awarded the Good Conduct Medal.    John was passionate about government, politics, history and especially injustices. Graduating from Fenwick High School, he went on to receive his master’s in political science and history at Northern Illinois University. He assisted in many political campaigns in his community and worked in various different factions of public service for Lyons Township.
   Being a jack of all trades, John also started multiple businesses: Lincolnland Construction, Spotlight Limo Service, The Heritage Courier newspaper and Hooplas Sports, also known as Hoops in the Loop. With Hoops in the Loop, John was the first ever to bring high school basketball teams from across the U.S. and even overseas to compete in a championship game.    Being a lover of music, his latest venture was Touch of Blarney Entertainment, his very own production company, in the hopes of providing entertainment in the form of music, television, theater and film. His greatest achievement with Touch of Blarney was the release of his Irish Folk album, “In Troubled Times.”
   A lover of all cultures, especially his Irish heritage, he made his first trip in 2017 to Belfast, an inspiration to his music and writing. John traveled all over the world with his two favorite travel companions, his granddaughter Layla Barnett and his only child, Gabrielle Walsh.
   John was a man of vision and values. An advocate for truth. Honest and compassionate. Bold and humorous. Unafraid and classy. An inspiration to all.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Virginia and John Walsh; and his brother, Patrick Walsh.
   He is survived by his daughter Gabrielle Elise Walsh; his granddaughter, Layla Brianna Barnett; his sisters, Marlaine Selip and Colleen (Joseph) Pettrone; his brother, Thomas (Linda) Walsh; his nieces, Jamie (Lule) Dyasi, Erin Selip, Rachel Walsh and Kelsey Pettrone; his great-niece, Marley Dyasi; his nephews, Jonathan Sturgis, Patrick Walsh, Joseph and Riley Pettrone; his great-nephew, Kaleb Dyasi; and his chosen family, Kim and Janie Rogers, Jasmine Martinez, Terrance Walden, Zakirah Bruce, Jim (Mary) Selip and Meghan Selip.
   Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, April 23, at Adolf Funeral Home, 7000 S. Madison St., Willowbrook.
   A funeral Mass will be said at 10 a.m. Wednesday, April 24, at St. Cletus Catholic Church, 600 W. 55th St., La Grange. Brian Powell Funeral Directors of Hinsdale handled the arrangements.


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