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Burlington Magazine

In-Print WINTER 2024

Feb 05, 2024 ● By Dana G
For someone who makes her living putting everything from journalistic articles to creative works into words, I find myself fumbling for the right words to honor our dear friend Walter. 

I still don't feel the following tribute to what he accomplished in his all-too-short lifetime comes close to the recognition he deserves.

To that end, this article is not our last tribute to him, here at Burlington Magazine, not by far. We'll continue to publish his articles and absolutely continue to keep his legacy alive. What follows is just the tip of the iceberg in terms of what Walter brought to our community but here goes:

As if writing amazing, heavily researched, passionate articles about our local history wasn't enough...Walter was also an avid supporter of others. All you had to do was tell Walter you were starting a new business or that your group needed a contribution or ask for help of any kind and he was the first to rally. I have firsthand experience with this. In 2020 when I opened the doors to The Company Shops Nighttime CafĂ© in downtown Burlington (a venue for local songwriters to perform and share their talents), it was formed  in a "private club" format because of complications with the state in terms of getting a liquor license. This meant we had to have membership dues, so we created a small tier of memberships, the highest cost being $99/year. All I had to do was tell Walter about it and he went online and pulled the trigger for the highest membership. He also patronized our lunch business on a regular basis. This was a pretty selfless man. In fact, I'd love to see a show of hands if Walter ever helped you...yes, that's what I thought...countless of you.

I'm sure many of you know that a few years ago he even threw his hat into the ring for a Burlington mayoral race as well.

And his contribution to our local theatre groups was substantial. He gave generously of his time to tons of local productions. On the following pages you'll find his extensive, eclectic theatre credits.

I'd like to invite everyone reading this to take a few moments to consider if there is anything you'd like to add to our upcoming tributes to Walter. We'd love to hear quotes and stories and we'd even love to print them.

Please contact me at [email protected] if you'd like to band with us to ensure there is some sort of honorary (permanent) representation of Walter's contribution to our community. We have some ideas and we're hoping you do, too. 

I miss him so much.

See you around, Walter, see you around...

We'll keep you posted!

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