Walter's Story

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Walter McKertich, of Scarborough, Maine, died on August 13, 2014. He was 76-years-old. Walter was born to Rose Chopoorian and Joseph McKertich. Walt grew up in Watertown, Mass., the younger brother of Vahan and Lillian.

In high school he was co-captain of Watertown’s championship football team and was later inducted into the Watertown Football Hall of Fame. After high school, Walt joined the United States Marine Corps and did his tour of duty in the Mediterranean. Upon returning to the U.S., Walt graduated from AIC in Springfield, Mass. He was then employed by Honeywell Corporation as a production manager.

Walt married Glenda (Glenny) Silon and they had three children, Lisa, Edward and Robert. Wanting a change from corporate life, Walt and his wife opened a natural food store in Andover, Mass. in 1976. The store was an instant success and grew in size and stature becoming a shopping and social destination for many people in Andover.

Always interested in the world around him, Walt became active in local political causes especially in the Clamshell Alliance. Throughout his life, Walt enjoyed many past times from ballroom dancing to golf to creating stained glass pieces and sparring in the boxing ring. But his greatest passion and joy was for his family. Walt adored his wife, his children and his grandchildren.

In 1999, Walt and Glenny sold their store and “retired” to Portland. Never one to be idle, Walt worked part-time at the Woodlands Country Club in Falmouth and later, wanting to serve his country after 9/11, he became a TSA employee. Walt and Glenny also began to travel and enjoyed many trips, both in this country and abroad.

Even in illness, Walt never lost his sense of humor, making his hospice nurse smile. He will be terribly missed by his family and his many friends. He will always be remembered and loved.
Published on  August 28, 2014
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