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Martin J. Walter

Fair Lawn, New Jersey

April 8, 1938 - July 6, 2024

Martin J. Walter Obituary

Martin Joseph Walter, known affectionately as “Marty” by most and as “Tee” by his grandchildren, passed away peacefully in his sleep on July 6, 2024, at the age of 86, in North Haledon, New Jersey. Born on April 8, 1938, at Jamaica Hospital in Queens, New York, he grew into a generous, confident, and fun-loving individual, deeply admired by all who knew him.


Marty grew up in Floral Park, Long Island, where by all accounts he caused chaos as a child. Four years at Chaminade High School reformed him somewhat (until the very end Marty could, and unfortunately often would, sing the Flyers fight song), and at age seventeen he was whisked away to South Bend, Indiana to attend the University of Notre Dame. He graduated in 1959 with a history degree and an intense and lifelong devotion to all things Fighting Irish. Fordham Law School followed, where he honed his intellect and skill for fair and honest deal-making. His career as a labor lawyer began at the Waterfront Commission and spanned over four decades, most notably at the BOC Group, where he was respected for his intensity, dedication, and expertise.


A veteran, Marty served both in the Army and the Army Reserves, demonstrating his commitment to his country with honor and dignity. This sense of duty was paralleled by his deep faith, as he was an active and long-time member of St. Pius X Church in Old Tappan and later the Church of the Presentation in Upper Saddle River, New Jersey. In both parishes, he showed a particular interest in working in the youth ministries, where he -- to quote one of his charges -- “was a model of how an avuncular adult can be a mentor to teenagers, even wild teenagers, just by being there and being funny, smart, caring, and real.”


Marty's personal life was enriched by his love for sports, particularly his devotion to Notre Dame football, the Brooklyn Dodgers, and later the New York Mets. He cherished watching his children and grandchildren play sports, though he often found it difficult to cheer quietly and appropriately. The ultimate people-person, Marty greatly enjoyed socializing over a cold beer or glass of wine with friends, casual acquaintances, and complete strangers, and absolutely adored family dinners, especially on holidays.


He was the beloved husband of the late Lucille Walter and was preceded in death by his parents, Alfred and Eileen Walter, and his brother, Alfred Anthony Walter, who he admired deeply. Marty is survived by his children, Jeannine, Kevin and his wife Kathleen, and Michael and his husband Ignacio. His legacy continues through his five grandchildren: Jean, Alex, Casey, Sofîa, and Diego.


Marty's life will be honored with a wake from 4:00 to 8:00 PM on Thursday, July 25, 2024, at the Vander Plaat Colonial Home, 13-31 Saddle River Road, Fair Lawn, NJ. A funeral service will be held at 10:00 AM on Friday, July 26, 2024, at the Church of the Presentation, 272 W. Saddle River Road, Upper Saddle River, New Jersey.

To share a memory or send a condolence gift, please visit the Official Obituary of Martin J. Walter hosted by Vander Plaat Colonial Home.

Martin Joseph Walter, known affectionately as “Marty” by most and as “Tee” by his grandchildren, passed away peacefully in his sleep on July 6, 2024, at the age of 86, in North Haledon, New Jersey. Born on April 8, 1938, at Jamaica Hospital in Queens, New York, he grew into a generous, confident, and fun-loving individual, deeply admired by all who knew him.


Marty grew up in Floral Park, Long Island, where by all accounts he caused chaos as a child. Four years at Chaminade High School reformed him somewhat (until the very end Marty could, and unfortunately often would, sing the Flyers fight song), and at age seventeen he was whisked away to South Bend, Indiana to attend the University of Notre Dame. He graduated in 1959 with a history degree and an intense and lifelong devotion to all things Fighting Irish. Fordham Law School followed, where he honed his intellect and skill for fair and honest deal-making. His career as a labor lawyer began at the Waterfront Commission and spanned over four decades, most notably at the BOC Group, where he was respected for his intensity, dedication, and expertise.


A veteran, Marty served both in the Army and the Army Reserves, demonstrating his commitment to his country with honor and dignity. This sense of duty was paralleled by his deep faith, as he was an active and long-time member of St. Pius X Church in Old Tappan and later the Church of the Presentation in Upper Saddle River, New Jersey. In both parishes, he showed a particular interest in working in the youth ministries, where he -- to quote one of his charges -- “was a model of how an avuncular adult can be a mentor to teenagers, even wild teenagers, just by being there and being funny, smart, caring, and real.”


Marty's personal life was enriched by his love for sports, particularly his devotion to Notre Dame football, the Brooklyn Dodgers, and later the New York Mets. He cherished watching his children and grandchildren play sports, though he often found it difficult to cheer quietly and appropriately. The ultimate people-person, Marty greatly enjoyed socializing over a cold beer or glass of wine with friends, casual acquaintances, and complete strangers, and absolutely adored family dinners, especially on holidays.


He was the beloved husband of the late Lucille Walter and was preceded in death by his parents, Alfred and Eileen Walter, and his brother, Alfred Anthony Walter, who he admired deeply. Marty is survived by his children, Jeannine, Kevin and his wife Kathleen, and Michael and his husband Ignacio. His legacy continues through his five grandchildren: Jean, Alex, Casey, Sofîa, and Diego.


Marty's life will be honored with a wake from 4:00 to 8:00 PM on Thursday, July 25, 2024, at the Vander Plaat Colonial Home, 13-31 Saddle River Road, Fair Lawn, NJ. A funeral service will be held at 10:00 AM on Friday, July 26, 2024, at the Church of the Presentation, 272 W. Saddle River Road, Upper Saddle River, New Jersey.

To share a memory or send a condolence gift, please visit the Official Obituary of Martin J. Walter hosted by Vander Plaat Colonial Home.

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