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Walter Shackley

Walter "Wally" Shackley

Friday, September 27th, 2019
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MEDFIELD –Walter (Wally) F. Shackley, a longtime Medfield resident, died peacefully at the Thomas Upham House Friday, Sept. 27. He was 87.
Born October 7, 1931, in Norwood, Massachusetts. Wally was the beloved husband of the late Helen (Sissy) Shackley of 52 years and loving father of the late Therese Ann Shackley.
Wally was the sole proprietor of Shackley’s Airport Service formerly Medfield Towne Taxi, a Lifetime member of the Amvets and American Legion, Longtime member of the Lions Club, Lions Citizen of the Year. He donated champagne for the Seniors Christmas party for many years, managed a little league team –the Red Sox. He loved those boys and helped to shape their lives. He contributed to all activities in town and always helped when called upon. He and Sis opened their home to anyone in need and they made everyone feel so welcome and part of their family. How do you measure a man? By the way he treats his fellow man, he was and will always be in our hearts, a man for all seasons.
Wally is survived by his brother George Shackley of Norfolk and his wife the late Eileen Shackley, the late Norman Shackley and his wife Pearl of Tennesee, sister-in-law Mary Willey and her husband James of Bellingham, sister-in-law Maureen Kurtowicz and her husband Peter of South Yarmouth, sister-in-law Hazel McCarthy of Millis, and sister-in-law Ruth McCarthy of Dennisport. He also leaves many nieces and nephews that loved him very much.
Visiting hours will be Wednesday October 2nd 10-12 followed by a prayer service at 12 at the Roberts Mitchell Caruso Funeral Home,15 Miller St., Medfield. Burial to follow at Vine Lake Cemetery.
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Wednesday, October 2nd, 2019 | 10:00am - 12:00pm
    Wednesday, October 2nd, 2019 10:00am - 12:00pm
    Roberts Mitchell Caruso FH - Medfield
    15 Miller St
    MEDFIELD, MA 02052
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  • Service

    Wednesday, October 2nd, 2019 | 12:00pm
    Wednesday, October 2nd, 2019 12:00pm
    Roberts Mitchell Caruso FH - Medfield
    15 Miller St
    MEDFIELD, MA 02052
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  • Interment

    Vine Lake Cemetery
    625 Main St.
    MEDFIELD, MA 02052
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Sharon Inglis

Posted at 05:07pm
I did not know Mr. Shackley very well, but I knew he was a good man. Living in the same neighborhood but a few streets over, my contact was limited to taking my son and his friend around to sell popcorn when they were Cub Scouts. This was back in the early 2000s. We knockd on Mr. Shackley's door and it took him a few minutes to answer. When he saw that I had two boys with me, he made a point of ordering the exact same thing from each of them. I was touched by his kindness and the boys appreciated it too. His passing is a great loss to the community. May he rest in peace with his wife and daughter.

julie haarer

Posted at 05:49am
RIP to a wonderful Man, My Dad worked for Wally and they became great friends he loved his great friend. Enkoyed seeing Wally every week with his dear friend Jean we will so miss our Wednesday visits God Bless You Wally you were a Special and Loving Man we will miss you Love always Julie & Jean

Don MacLean

Posted at 09:46am
We were so saddened to hear about Wally. He was such a wonderful man. We are unable to attend the services but wanted you to know that we are sorry for your loss and you will be in our thoughts tomorrow

Don and Fran MacLean

John Washek

Posted at 06:09pm
I extend my sincere condolences to all of Wally's family and friends. Our family got to know Wally in his later years, as a result of his close friendship with my aunt Jean. He became a welcome participant in many of our family holiday and birthday celebrations and special events. He always had words of kindness and encouragement - along with a big smile for everyone. He spoke with such love and tenderness about the his late wife and treasured daughter. What a lovely and thoughtful man he was. We will miss him. God bless Wally, and may he rest in peace.

Deirdre Aronson

Posted at 09:30pm
A true town icon. I will remember Mr. Shackley fondly.

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