Hall of Fame jockey Tommy Walsh 's Memorial Service
- November 19, 2019
- By SARA CAVANAGH
OXFORD, Pa.--Tommy Walsh was remembered as a great rider and a great personality with a huge sense of humor at his memorial service held Nov. 18 in the Edward Collins Funeral Home in Oxford.
"I got to introduce Tommy when he was inducted into the Hall of Fame," said Lenny Hale, who has served in different capacities, including starter, racing secretary and vice-president of racing, at major racetracks in New York, Florida, New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland, Virginia and West Virginia. "Tommy was an incredible guy, and he had a great sense of humor. We did have a few parties. He'll be in my memory as long as it works, although it's getting a bit dark now."
"When I heard Tommy had died, I called Barclay Tagg and told him, `We've lost another goody,'' said J. B. Secor, whose mother was a sister of Betty Bosley Bird.
Walsh was the third of three of the greatest riders of the 60's and 70's who were lost in the last month, preceded by Paddy Neilson and Doug Small in October.