I am heartbroken to let you know that my Walter passed on this morning. Heartbroken for myself, but in other ways so happy that he doesn't need to live any longer in a body ravaged with the horrible debilities that ALS brings. The very worst part of ALS is that your mind doesn't go, so he was still Walter until the very end having to deal with a body that fell apart around him. I wasn't with him Viet Nam or out in the field at SFPD as many of you were, but I can tell you this, I haven't ever seen anyone fight a battle more valiantly or with the bravery and dignity he showed fighting this disease. I admire him so much for this.
I know his brother Al and his cousins, nieces and nephew join me in thanking all of you friends of Walter both old and new for your support. This website has brought me a lot of comfort.
Walter did not want a funeral or memorial service, but to be cremated and scattered in SF Bay which seems very befitting don't you think? He begged me not to make a big fuss. My plan - and you can barely call it a plan yet - is to have some sort of open house here at our home in Brentwood (East Contra Costa Cty). I will post details here and everyone of you that have helped make his end more bearable are more than welcome. Many of you live far away and I'm sure won't be able to come on out, but please know I would love to meet you or see you again.
Thank you again for taking the time to show your support. With Love, Lauren