OBIT: Walter Oates Jr., 93, WWII Naval Aviator, Auditor, Lifelong Watertown Resident

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Walter Oates Jr.

Walter Oates Jr.

Walter J. Oates, Jr. of Watertown died on June 25, 2018 at age 93.

Beloved husband of 65 years to the late Virginia M. (Dunn). Walter was the loving father of Walter J., III, & his wife Carolyn of Waltham, William G. & his wife Marion of Watertown and Mary T. “Terry” Poillucci & her husband Robert of Waltham. Proud and cherished Grampy of Caitlin Oates & her husband Jeffrey Smrecek of Watertown, Timothy Oates of Brighton, Robert & Christina Poillucci of Waltham. Dear brother of the late Donald F. Oates and Dorothy Everett. Also survived by many nieces and nephews, neighbors and friends.

Walter was a lifelong resident of Watertown, growing up in Watertown’s East End. He was in the first graduating class at the Sacred Heart School, then a proud graduate of Saint Mary’s High School in Waltham and Boston College. A veteran of the U.S. Navy, Walter served in World War II as a Naval Aviator. Walter enjoyed his
civic commitment to Watertown and was an avid participant with his great group of friends in the Bradford Hill Golf Association. He was a retired auditor from the Royal Insurance Co. in Boston.

Funeral from the MacDonald, Rockwell & MacDonald Funeral Home at 270 Main St. Watertown on Friday June 29, 2018 at 8 a.m., followed by Funeral Mass in Sacred Heart Church, 770 Mt. Auburn St., Watertown at 9 a.m.

Relatives and friends kindly invited. Visiting hours Thursday from 4-8 p.m. Interment St. Patrick Cemetery.

2 thoughts on “OBIT: Walter Oates Jr., 93, WWII Naval Aviator, Auditor, Lifelong Watertown Resident

  1. Wally was a wonderful man, a true and true Watertown guy.
    Raised a great family and led a good life.
    He will be missed but he will be remembered!
    Our sympathy to his family.

  2. So heartbroken to hear the sad news from Terry.
    Wally was special – a caring gentle, man-He always had a smile .

    To the Oates Family-
    I hope the wonderful memory of Wally dancing at his granddaughter’s wedding just days before will help get you through the pain.
    He loved his family so much.

    I will miss him.
    God rest his soul.
    With love,

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