Walter Tefft

Walter Perry Tefft

1925 - 2019

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Obituary of Walter Perry Tefft

 It is with sadness that we announce the passing of Walter Perry Tefft at home in Tucson, Arizona on Saturday, June 1, 2019.  He was 93 years old. 

Walt was born to Rebecca Gilmour Tefft and Freeman Perry Tefft on November 4, 1925 in Pawtucket, Rhode Island.  He married Nancy Baker, his wife of nearly seventy years, on October 22, 1949 at St. Paul’s Church in Pawtucket, Rhode Island and they had two children, Susan Elizabeth and Donald Perry. 

Walt is survived and will be lovingly remembered by his wife Nancy, his daughter Susan Gately, six grandchildren (Amy Thill, Emily Johnson, Heather Grogan, Nathan Smedley, Michael Smedley and Megan Tefft) and 13 great-grandchildren (Alex, Shelby, Emily, Tyler, Tatum, Jack, Ella, Kate, Gabriella, Max, Olivia, Oberon and Mona).  Walt was predeceased by his sister, Barbara Jean Blake, and his son, Donald Perry Tefft.

Walt served in the US Navy and was a veteran of World War II.  He attended Bliss Technical School and went on to work in Product Engineering at IBM for 36 years, a career which eventually led him to settle permanently in Tucson with his wife Nancy.  After retiring from IBM Walt went on to get his real estate license and enjoyed a second career as a realtor.  Walt was also an avid amateur radio enthusiast.

The family will hold a private Celebration of Life in loving memory of Walter Perry Tefft.