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Walter G. Chisholm

August 29, 1953 ~ September 4, 2022 (age 69)

Obituary


Walter "Wally" G. Chisholm, of Tewksbury, formerly of Somerville, passed away at the age of 69 after a long, hard-fought battle with cancer.
He is survived by loving wife, Donna (DiLello); children, Nicole (Chisholm) Desaulniers and her husband Pierre, Chris and his wife Laura Giannelli, Jen and her husband Zach Martinez; and granddaughter, Alyson Desaulniers, fondly known as "Little One". Wally was the son of the late William Sr. and Doris (Jackson) Chisholm; brother of Linda Roderick and her husband Mark, Kevin Chisholm and his wife Patti, Greg Chisholm and his wife Cindy, and the late William "Bill" Chisholm Jr. He was also survived by niece and nephews; Graeme, Collin, Kevin, Keith, Michelle, and Gregg.


After high school, Wally served as a Sgt. in the 26th Military Police Company. Wally continued his career outside of the military as a tradesman, welding multiple notable structures, including the "Gift of the Wind" in Porter Square, Cambridge. He later went on to working as an Emergency Medical Technician, which led to him opening his prized business, Chisholm Chair Car Transportation, where he took pride in serving the elderly and persons with disabilities. After dedicating many years of service to his business, Wally moved on to working as a personal driver for the executives at Polaroid and, most recently, Northeastern University.


He spoke frequently of the friendships he made and admiration he had for the leadership at Northeastern University. Had it not been for his illness, Wally would still be there today. He took his early retirement with pride and "snowbirded" in South Carolina to escape the New England winter weather.


From a young age he enjoyed long truck rides with his father, which helped him develop his shared passion for antique cars. For his 16th birthday his father gifted him his beloved 1951 Hudson Super Six, which remains in pristine condition due his devoted care. Wally, with his Hudson, was the proud chauffeur for his family, from Sunday drives, to his daughter's wedding, to surprising "the little one" at school.


Being a tradesman he loved tinkering, and could often be found fixing cars, working on his guns, or taking care of any number of other handy-man tasks. He could fix anything he put his mind to and became the family's most dependable mechanic and a jack of all trades.


Wally loved spending time with his children and grandchild, and took them to Red Sox games, the shooting range, fishing, boating, Hudson meets and car shows. He also became a cheering spectator at numerous sporting events and recitals. After his son's many high school football games, his love for the New England Patriots superseded his love for the Boston Red Sox.
Relatives and friends are most respectfully invited to attend a Funeral Mass at St. Raphael Church, 512 High St., Medford on Saturday, Sept. 10th at 10:00 am. Visiting hours at the Funeral Home on Friday from 4-7pm. Interment private. In lieu of flowers donations may be made in Walter’s name to ALS Association of Massachusetts chapter, 685 Canton St., suite 103 Norwood, MA 02062 or St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105. Walter was a member of the Hudson-Essex Terraplane Club.

 

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Services

Visitation
Friday
September 9, 2022

4:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Cota Funeral Homes
335 Park Street
North Reading, MA 01864

Funeral Mass
Saturday
September 10, 2022

10:00 AM
St. Raphel Parish
514 High St
Medford, ma 02155

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