Obituary of Walton W. Alder
Walton W. Alder, age 84, of Beacon Falls, beloved husband of Diane Hunt Alder, passed away peacefully on Monday, January 8, 2024 with his family by his side. Born on September 10, 1939 in Salisbury, Maryland, he was a son of the late John Roy and Lula Murray Alder.
A graduate of the University of Maryland Walton spent 6 years as a Reservist in the United States Army. He had a long career with The Lipton Tea Company and was the owner and operator of Alder Sales Associates.
A longtime Greenwich resident, he was a member of the Riverside Yacht Club, where he was a past Commodore and made many important contributions including founding their annual Crab Fest which just celebrated its 31st year. Walton was a member of the New York Yacht Club and the Yacht Racing Association of Long Island Sound, as well as a member of the Eastern Shore Sailing Association. He was an accomplished sailor who could always be found on a race course, sailing "Great Shoal" with his family, or on the dock at RYC. He took pride in mentoring many young sailors both on and off the water creating lifelong friendships and a legacy of sportsmanship. Very much an environmentalist, he spent 40 years on the Greenwich Shellfish Commission. Walton also enjoyed duck hunting, was a Corvette enthusiast, and a lifelong Baltimore Orioles fan.
But above all things, he was a dedicated and wonderful husband, father and grandfather. Lovingly known as "Grampie" he spent countless hours cheering on his grandchildren at sporting events, recitals, theatrical performances, and most recently band and colorguard competitions. He was happiest spending time with his family. The unconditional love he gave and values he taught will forever live in the hearts of all who knew and loved him.
In addition to his beloved wife of 56 years, Diane, survivors include his two daughters, Beth A, Tananbaum and her husband Maxwell and Cynthia A. Treacy and her husband James, five cherished grandchildren, Jared, Avery, Liza (David), Elaina and Brooke, three sisters, Lou Elin Sheller (Deke), Marie Martin (Fred) and Grace Murdock (Mike), a sister-in-law, Linda Alder, as well as several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his brother, John R. Alder.
Relatives and friends may join the family at a Memorial Service presided by Pastor David Rhodes on Sunday, January 21st at 1:00 pm at the Pinewood Lake Association Club House, 33 East Lake Road, Trumbull, CT. Interment will take place in the spring in Princess Anne, Maryland. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to a charity of one's choice. To leave an online condolence please visit www.abriola.com.