Walt passed away peacefully on September 21 2023, after a brief battle with cancer. He was predeceased by his parents, Walter and Bernita. He is survived by his loving wife of 30 years, Rita, as well as sons William (Kirstin), Walter III, and Michael (Jessica) and grandchildren Emily Young (Andrew), Natalie, Jacob, and Sophia Weeks. He is also survived by brothers Charles (Debbie) and Joseph (MaryEllen).
Walt was born in Atlantic City and spent most of his life in South Jersey. He earned his MS in Management from Thomas Edison University and worked for Atlantic Electric for 36 years. He was devoted to health and fitness and was active in a variety of sports. He was a Black Belt in karate and enjoyed life at the shore, fishing, cycling, and kayaking. But his true passion was golf! He began golfing at the age of 10, becoming a fixture at the AC Country Club and serving as caddy for the winner of Women’s US Open in 1965 and the runner up in 1975. A testament to the adage, “practice makes perfect”, he scored 3 holes in one. Lucky for Walt, Rita liked golf too so they moved to Pinehurst, NC, to live on the golf course, and became members of Pinehurst Country Club. They also shared a love of travel, which notably included biking together across the Golden Gate Bridge.
Walt was an ordinary guy who loved a good story and the people that shared them, most of all his sons and grandchildren. Even golf took a back seat to their recitals, soccer games, graduations, and weddings. “Poppy” made his devotion to his family known by being there for them, by sharing his wisdom, his time, and with that little twinkle in his eye, his sense of humor.
A visitation will be held on Thursday, October 5, 2023 from 5:00 PM – 7:00PM at Boles Funeral Home, 35 Parker Lane, Pinehurst, NC 28374.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions to the UNC Health Foundation, Attn: UNC Lineberger, PO Box 1050 Chapel Hill, NC 27514 or online at www.unchealthfoundation.org (Patient Family Resource Center in memory of Walter Weeks) or SECU Family House at www.secufamilyhouse.org
Online condolences may be made at www.bolesfuneralhome.com
Services entrusted to Boles Funeral Home of Pinehurst.