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Wednesday, December 27, 2006  
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Mass for Maurice A. Walsh Jr., 88, of Allenhurst, a retired Hudson County Superior Court judge, will be Friday at 11 a.m. at St. James Church, Red Bank. He died yesterday at Monmouth Medical Center, Long Branch.

Born in Jersey City, he graduated from St. Peter's Prep in 1934 and in 1938 from Saint Peter's College, where he later became a professor of business law for 24 years. He graduated in 1941 from Fordham Law School, where he later became a professor as well.

Before his appointment as a Hudson County Superior Court judge in 1973, Walsh also served as a judge of the Hudson County District Court in 1971.

Walsh also served as acting assignment judge, the presiding judge of the criminal division, and was appointed by Chief Justice Wilentz as the wiretap judge of Hudson County. He retired from the bench in 1988.

Before becoming a judge he was a prominent attorney in New Jersey and New York. In addition to private practice he served as assistant corporation counsel of Jersey City, assistant county counsel of Hudson County and Hudson County adjuster.

He was a lieutenant in the Navy during World War II. He served four years in the American, European, Caribbean and Pacific theaters of operation.

Walsh was a member and president of the Hudson County Bar Association, and served on the Ethics and Grievance Committee, was the vice chairman of the Family Law Committee and chairman of the Unlawful Practice of Law Committee.

"He was a highly respected criminal judge in Hudson County," said Hudson County Prosecutor Edward DeFazio. "I personally appeared before him. In fact, I tried a murder case in his court and he was eminently fair and a true gentleman."

Surviving are his seven daughters, Mary O'Connel, Kathleen Bender, Patricia Sumas, Loretta Johnson, Colleen O'Donnell, Andrea Allingham and Ann Baiocco; fivesons, Maurice III, William, Kenneth, Terrence and Thomas; a sister, Irene Coyle; 31 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Thompson Memorial Home, Red Bank, is in charge

Reprinted from the Jersey Journal 12/27/2006
Maurice A. Walsh Jr., at 88;
Wednesday, December 27, 2006

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