Walter Shanley

Walter James Shanley

Thursday, October 29th, 1942 - Friday, December 13th, 2019
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Walter J. Shanley, 77, of East Windsor, beloved husband of Pattyann (Brewer) Shanley, entered into Eternal Rest on Friday, December 13, 2019. He was born on October 29, 1942 in Bangor, ME, the loving son to the late Thomas and Shirley (Robertson) Shanley. Wally was a longtime advocate of baseball and trained to pitch from the age of 6 through college, he and William Cohen (State Representative). He was credited with two no-hitter games, and he was a Red Sox fan for many years. Wally joined the US Marine Corps and served honorably during the Vietnam War. Following his time in the service, he worked for Delta Industries before going to work for the United States Postal Service, retiring as Postmaster.
In addition to his loving wife of 45 years, Pattyann (Brewer) Shanley, he is survived by his children, Paul Shanley of Deerfield, NH, Ronald Mailhoit and his wife Linda of Newport, NC, Roger Mailhoit and his wife Renee of Enfield, and Robert D. Mailhoit (who was at his side for many days before he passed) and his wife Janet of Enfield; 7 grandchildren; 11 great grandchildren; his brother, Thomas Shanley and his wife Lynne of Clifton, ME; his sister, Jackie Stewart and her husband Lester of Colorado Springs, CO; and his nieces and nephews.
A service honoring Walter's life will be celebrated on Friday, January 3, 2020 at 9:30 AM at Leete-Stevens Enfield Chapels, 61 South Rd, Enfield. Burial with Military Honors will follow at the Massachusetts Veterans Memorial Cemetery, Agawam, MA. Memorial donations may be made to the American Cancer Society, 825 Brook St, Rocky Hill, CT 06067. To leave online condolences please visit
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  • Service

    Friday, January 3rd, 2020 | 9:30am
    Friday, January 3rd, 2020 9:30am
    Leete Stevens Enfield Chapels
    61 South Rd.
    Enfield, CT 06082
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  • Interment

    Friday, January 3rd, 2020 | 11:00am
    Friday, January 3rd, 2020 11:00am
    Agawam State Vets
    1390 Main street
    AGAWAM, MA 01001
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Frank & Sandy Foster

Posted at 07:01pm

Our deepest sympathy to all who loved Wally, he will be deeply missed.
Our hearts are saddened by your loss.
You will be in our thoughts and prayers in your time of grief.
Frank & Sandy Foster

Brayton Willis

Posted at 11:01am
On Friday, December 13th, my old service buddy Walter “Wally” Shanley left for his new post in Heaven.

Wally and I met in 1965 while stationed at the Landing Force Training Unit at Little Creek Virginia. We had a number of interest and passions that sealed our friendship. We both loved playing sports at the base and, as Marines often do, raising cane in our free time. I remember on several occasions while playing in the base football league, we tore into the Navy Seal’s team and turn into a back street brawl. Bloody and battered, we won. It was a game that I will never forget.

For the time we served as Marines we were professional war fighters, ready to go into harms way if and when ordered to. Wally was the consummate Marine . . . Tough yet compassionate. A Marine’s Marine.

According to the Bible, God has a special soft spot for war fighters. Exodus 23:20 is a verse that tells us we are never alone on our journey to heaven. It states: “I am sending an angel ahead of you to guard you along the way and to bring you to the place I have prepared.”
Wally left us in the company of angels — who were probably flanked by a squad of his brother Marines. In fact, I have a vision of Wally moving through Heaven’s Gate as a Marine who is moving with the flawless precision and elegance that can only be instilled by the United States Marine Corp. This vision should give all of us a sense of peace.

I lost contact with Wally over the years since we were discharged from the Marines, but he never left my thoughts. We finally linked back up a few years ago and we vowed to get together sometime in the future. Sadly we didn’t get that chance.

My heart and prayers go out to Pattyann and the entire Shanley family
Brayton Willis. Leland NC

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