Walter E. Maher
December 20, 1929 - October 6, 2011
"To know him was to love him, but to be loved by him was to be humbled."
When the time comes to put pen to paper and describe what a man like Walt Maher meant to his family, friends, colleagues, and so many more; the words seem to be taken over by emotion almost immediately. Folks, the city of Cincinnati has lost a great friend, but I suspect the legendary personality of the first ballot hall of famer will live on forever.
Walt was born and raised in the small but proud town of Maysville, Kentucky and like most during the depression, he and his mother didn’t have much. Material things never rang true to Walt though, because his smile, a ballgame, and a bag of peanuts were all he needed.
Walt got his start on the air alongside his lifelong friend, Nick Clooney, and boy were those two a match made in heaven. They hit it off like two peas in a pod and rose through the ranks accordingly. I guess it never hurts to have a Clooney as your wingman, but what Walt brought to Cincinnati was a passion for his trade.
It has been said that Walt was the fastest and most handsome man the state of Kentucky has ever seen. Though we will never know the truth behind those rumors, he does boast back-to-back state basketball titles in '48 and ’49.
The Grand Poohbah (as referred to by colleagues) will always be remembered for the downright dynamic personality that he brought to the airwaves. It’s not often a man can wear a pink sports coat and get away with it, but Walt not only wore it…he was famous for it.
It wasn’t his impeccable sense of style, however, that won him the hearts and minds of his viewers or his family; it was a heart that beat only so that others could feel his love.
Grandpa, yeap I had the distinct honor of calling him that for 28 years, found the love of his life, Laura, on a dance floor somewhere in The Queen City. They had a cup of coffee and saw fit to have three beautiful children after being married on February 21, 1953. Walt will forever live on through his wife, 3 children, 6 grandchildren, and one great grandchild; whom he was able to hold for the first time just hours before he passed.
If you were to ever just shake his hand or feel his embrace, you would know that Walt Maher lived by a strict code. He honored his God, he loved his wife, and until his dying day he loved on every soul that he encountered. My grandfather was a man whose personality became a myth upon retirement but his class is the stuff of legend.
An Honored Grandson,
Visitation at West Chester Church of the Nazarene, 7951 Tylersville Road, West Chester (map, directions) on Monday, October 10 from 4-8:30 PM and Tuesday from 10 AM until time of service at 11:00 AM. If desired, memorial donations may be sent to Juvenile Diabetes Reseach Foundation, Life Center Organ Donor or Whiz Kids.
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