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Walter L. Deegan

March 3, 1933 - January 13, 2023

U.S. Veteran

Funeral Mass: Monday, January 23rd 11:00 a.m. at Saint Matthew’s Church in Southborough

Interment at Massachusetts National Cemetery in Bourne will be held at a later date

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Walter Deegan, 89, of Hopkinton, passed away peacefully on January 13, 2023. Born in Somerville, MA on March 3, 1933, he was the son of the late Margaret (Mahoney) Deegan and Walter L.Deegan Sr. He was the beloved husband of 46 years to Cheryl (Schiavi) Deegan of Hopkinton, formerly of Framingham.

Walter proudly served our country as a member of the Navy for 2 years and retired from the Air Force after 22 years of service. He also worked for the Department of Veterans Affairs in Boston after his military service.

He had an incredible wit, intelligence, and a wonderful sense of humor. One of Walter’s great lifetime pleasures was his connection to words. He was an avid reader, loved doing his crossword puzzles, and really loved anything connected to words themselves. He also was an excellent cook and loved to travel. He was a man who loved deeply, never hesitating to let his loved ones know just how much they meant to him. He is and will be, greatly missed.

Walter is survived by his daughter, Deborah Deegan, and her partner, Denise of San Francisco, California; his sister Jane Ruggerio and her husband, Agostino of Peabody, his brother William Deegan of Arizona, and numerous Irish relatives whom he adored. He is predeceased by his siblings, George Deegan of Virginia and Patricia Anne Wormstead of Malden. He also leaves behind his sister-in-law, Kathy Karrat, and her husband, Michael; brother-in-law, Michael Schiavi, and his wife, Sara, numerous wonderful nieces, nephews, grand-nieces, and grand-nephews.

While serving in the Military in Australia, Walter made wonderful friends who became an extended family. He and his wife would visit them and they would visit as well.

A funeral Mass will be held on Monday, January 23rd at 11:00 a.m. at Saint Matthew’s Church in Southborough. Interment in Bourne National Cemetery will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to either The Jimmy Fund or Veterans Inc.