Passing of Lincoln Walsh
Softball Is Saddened To Learn Of The Sudden And Tragic Passing Of Lincoln Walsh On Wednesday, October 18, 2023.
Softball NL Offers Our Deepest Condolences, Thoughts And Prayers To Lincoln’s Family, Friends And CBC Minor Softball.
Lincoln Joseph Walsh (2016-2023)
It is with profound sadness that we announce the sudden and tragic passing of Lincoln Joseph Walsh of Chapel’s Cove, NL on October 18, 2023, at the very tender age of 7.
Predeceased by his great grandmother Shirley Ryan, Grammie Lena Griffis, Great Grandparents Theresa and John McDonald, Pauline and Jack Hawco & Myrtle and Joe Walsh, along with his precious puppy Tank.
Left to mourn with shattered hearts that will never mend and seven years of beautiful memories are his devoted and loving parents, Megan and Adam Walsh, and his puppy Bolt.
Also leaving to mourn his grandparents Gary Griffis, Joe Walsh, Eileen McDonald, Billy Ryan, and Mildred O’Neil; Uncle Josh Ryan, Auntie and Uncle Melissa and Robert Seward, Aunt and Uncle Laura and Andrew Dicks and Uncle Gary Griffis Jr; his absolute best friend and cousin Ariana, older cousins Logan, Jordan, Brianna, and Sara. Lincoln leaves behind a vast number of friends at Holy Cross Elementary School, hockey friends in the CBR Renegades & Xtreme Hockey Associations, his beloved Young Guns & CBC Rockets, friends of CBC Minor Softball, camping friends at Island Pond Park, and the many many other small special friends, relatives and family friends.
Lincoln was a star, the brightest one in any room, like the North Star, guiding us through life to be better, to do better and to see things in a brighter perspective. A smile and a laugh that lit up even the darkest of days.
A star student, who was determined to do his best, a natural academic who we know would have been one of those kids who just whizzed through school and didn’t have to open a book, just like his dad, the kind of little soul that could and would be whatever he wanted to when he grew up, because as he often said, “I can do anything” and his mom and dad’s only purpose in this life was to see that he did just that.
A star friend, who treated everyone he met like a best friend, he had so so many little friends. He had this remarkable gift to be able to form a bond with anyone and everyone that walked into a room once he overcame his gentle, shy demeanor. He never looked on and judged anyone for their differences but just tried to understand in his own little innocent way, often concluding that “they were still learning”. From there he thought of ways he could help them learn, whether it be a new word of the day on the bus to flip shots and stops, he never wanted to be better than anyone else, instead, he wanted to be everyone’s equal.
He was an absolute star on the ice. Boy, could he skate, but that was nothing compared to his shot, I guess that’s what happens when you spend every spare second of your day doing what you love. Mom was often criticized for her lack of skills in family hockey but that didn’t stop him from wanting her on his team. But what was really special in all of this was the bond he and his dad had through the sport. At precisely 5:50 each evening in their house you could hear “come on dad, let’s go play hockey” or once he devoured through his mountain of toys under the tree, away he went, “come on dad, let’s go play hockey”, because all he ever really wanted was them, that stick, a puck (and of course a few V-Bucks for Fortnite).
But most importantly, he was his mom and dad’s star. Their absolute everything. The center of not only their world, but entire universe. Every decision they made featured him, front and center. What’s best for him, what’s safe for him, what’s going to make him smile the biggest. They didn’t just go that little extra mile, they went leaps and bounds over the bar to try and create a perfect life for him, while keeping him humble and kind.
He lived more in his seven short years than most do in a lifetime. He had his mom’s zest for travel, his dad’s passion for sports, and a love so big for people that it has brought entire communities together during this time of unimaginable anguish. He has left us with a legacy that has wrapped us in the warmest hug, but as much as we know he wanted us all to find comfort in that, nothing will ever replace his little arms, wrapped around our necks in the perfect embrace. While your footprint may have been but small, the impact you have left on so many is monumental. You didn’t know it sweet boy, but you are, always were and always will be legendary.
May your edges always be sharp, the ice always smooth and the shots always go bardown. Skate like the wind Baby Boy, we are forever your greatest fans.
Cremation has taken place. Resting at Dunphy’s Funeral Home, Holyrood. Visitation will be held on Monday, October 23rd from 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm and Tuesday, October 24th from 2:00 pm to 8:00 pm. A Celebration of Lincoln’s Life will be held at Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church, 85 Harbour Drive, Harbour Main on Wednesday, October 25th, 2023 at 10:30 am.
In Lieu of flowers, please forward donations in Lincoln’s Memory to Sammy’s Climb Higher Foundation: www.sammysclimbhigher.ca
We hope you boys have found each other by now, doing what you both loved the most.
The family would like to extend a sincere thanks to all the first responders, nurses and doctors involved in Lincolns care, their incredibly large network of Family, Friends and the remarkable amount of community support over the past few days, with a Special thanks to the Hawco Family and fellow neighbours, for without you we don’t know what we would do.
“There is a freedom waiting for you, On the breezes of the sky. And you ask “What if I fall? Oh but my darling, What if you fly?”
– Erin Hanson