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Walter W. Rostron

Walter W. Rostron, 85, of Marblehead, passed away after a long and fulfilled life with his best friend and wife of 63 years, Jean Rostron. He worked for 38 years as an engineer at the General Electric Company. Walt served in the United States Army, stationed in Germany during the Korean War. After retirement, he and Jean volunteered as Docents at the Air and Space Museum in Washington, D. C. They traveled across country with their beloved cat, Shadow, in their 20 foot RV, reaching nearly every state and Province. One trip included three months through Canada and Alaska. Their travels also included opportunities to teach on an American Indian reservation as part of Elderhostel, participating in archeological digs in South Dakota, and many fondly remembered camping trips with their grandchildren. An accomplished artist and music enthusiast, Walt was a well-known and much-loved member of the community and our lives. He was known as a man of peace, never having a harsh word to say about anyone. Walt was an active member of the Unitarian Universalist Church in Marblehead, as well as a choir member. He was also a member of the Marblehead Arts Association. Walter leaves behind his devoted wife, Jean Rostron; his son Charlie Rostron and his wife Ellen Rostron; his daughter, Vicky Aliff and her partner, Brian; his predeceased son, Walter William Rostron, Jr. and his fianc, Robin Gauthier. He also leaves his grandchildren, Dawn Sullivan, Michael Aliff, Elizabeth Rostron, and Audrey Rostron, along with his great-grandson, Gavin Aliff. Visiting Hours will be held in the Eustis and Cornell Funeral Home, 142 Elm Street, Marblehead on Monday, January 12 from 4-8PM. Relatives and friends respectfully invited. A celebration of Walter's life will be held at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Marblehead, 28 Mugford Street, Marblehead on Saturday, February 7 at 1PM. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Care Dimensions, (formerly Hospice of the North Shore), Unitarian Universalist Church of Marblehead, or the Marblehead Arts Association. Please visit the online guest book at

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