Tuesday, January 31, 2012
In Memory of Secret Service Agent Jack Walsh
Jack Walsh, loyal agent to the Kennedy family was laid to rest today.
I had the wonderful opportunity to meet Jack Walsh in September 2011, just four months ago, when Clint Hill spoke at the JFK Presidential Library and Museum. Director Tom Putnam had arranged for Mr. Hill and I to go to the private "family room" upstairs in the library prior to the presentation.
We had been there just a few minutes when a group of people walked in, and Clint's face lit up with a smile as he recognized his old friend, Jack Walsh, whom he hadn't seen in more than thirty years.
"John Frances Michael Walsh!" Hill exclaimed.
As we sat on the sofas, the Kennedy memorabilia all around us, Jack and Clint reminisced about funny stories in New York City and at Hyannis Port. Jack spoke with that lilting Boston accent and had such an exuberant personality, it was easy to imagine him with Caroline and John as young children. It was a memorable evening and what a special treat to be there as these two old friends reconnected.
Clint Hill joins me in expressing our deepest sympathies to the Walsh family. For a touching tribute to Jack Walsh, read this article in today's Boston Globe. jack-walsh-secret-service-agent-who-guarded-jfk-family