Walter R. “Wally” Tausevich, Jr., age 85

of Quincy

Walter R. “Wally” Tausevich, Jr., age 85

Walter R. “Wally” Tausevich, Jr., age 85, of Quincy and Stuart, Fla., died peacefully, Saturday, November 28, 2020, at Cleveland Clinic Martin North Hospital in Florida.

Wally Tausevich was born August 5, 1935 in Quincy, MA to the late Walter R. and Margaret A. (Smith) Tausevich. He was raised and educated in Quincy and was a graduate of Quincy High School, Class of 1954. He received an associate degree from Northeastern University in Boston.

Growing up he loved to sing with his mother whom he was very close. During his childhood he spent a lot of time at the Quincy Quarries. An industrious child, he had a paper route and sold blueberries to his customers beginning at age 11. While working at Sheraton’s Department Store in high school he met his future wife, Joan Preble. Wally joined the Navy after high school and was stationed in Corpus Christi, Texas. He came home on leave to marry and had his first child while stationed there. Wally and Joan returned to Massachusetts where they raised their four children in Weymouth, MA.

Wally worked for TRW for 30 years, beginning as a technician, eventually becoming logistics regional manager for the East Coast.

His passion in life was fishing. He was a member and former President of the Mayflower Anglers Fishing Club and former Vice President of the Massachusetts Striped Bass Association. There were many appreciated meals of fresh fish on the table. Wally made numerous deep sea and fresh water excursions, owning his own boat for many years. Another favorite past time was putzing around his basement workshop with a pipeful of cherry tobacco, making homemade fishing lures. Wally was also an avid New England Patriots fan and rarely missed a game.

Wally and Joan were avid square dancers and took many beginners under their wing. They loved playing games from cards to social games and karaoke. They also enjoyed traveling to the Caribbean, Mexico and many US states. When the children grew up Wally and Joan retired to Wareham and became snowbirds, wintering in Stuart, Florida.

A quintessential extrovert, Wally was always the life of the party. You would frequently find him engaged in some social activity or making a new friend. He and Joan were best known for their friendship and incredible kindness. They were loved by everyone who knew them. A marriage made in Camelot, Wally lost his wife and best friend after 60 years of marriage.

Wally was proud to have served in the United States Navy as an Aviation Electrician’s Mate during the Korean War.

Devoted father of Mark S. Tausevich of Plymouth and his late wife Judy, Dawn E. Tausevich O’Toole and her husband David of Waterbury, VT, Scott M. Tausevich and his wife Debbie of Middleboro, and David M. Tausevich of Boston.

Loving grandfather of Kayla Tausevich O’Toole and Liam Tausevich O’Toole, both of Waterbury, VT.

Brother of Raymond T. Tausevich, Ronald G. Tausevich, and Dianne Lydon, all of Quincy.

Also survived by many nieces and nephews.

In light of current events, funeral services were private. Interment with Military Honors took place at the Massachusetts National Cemetery in Bourne. Memorial services will be held at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Wally’s memory may be made to Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute or Florida Oceanographic Society.


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  • Close friend and brother on law for over 68 years…A great friend,a devoted and caring husband ,and a loving dad snd grand dad.I will miss him and our regular phone conversations .Loved him dearly

  • I will forever remember Wally. He was always kind and gentle. He was always smiling. I will never forget how happy he was when I just picked up the phone to tell him I missed seeing him and hoping he was doing well. He had a special place in my heart. My sincere condolences to the entire family. He will be missed.
    Cindy, RN
    Dr. Daniel King’s Office
    Stuart, FL

  • Sorry for your loss Ray, sounds like a very interesting person and a great Brother

  • I will cherish my memories of my special nephew. Wally was from the same “stock” as his mother. Margaret was the only living Saint that I knew and like Wally she was there for all. Had some great times fishing together with Wally and his dad. As children we played together and always enjoyed family visits .he endured many physical ailments and never complained. May he Rest In Peace .

  • Scott,David and Dawn, I am so sorry for your loss. My thoughts are with all of you🙏🙏

  • Scott and family, sorry to read of your Dad’s passing. Sounds like he was a wonderful guy and
    had a great life. Keep those memories close.

    Morgan, Karolyn and Larry McGue – Weymouth