Walter Lawrence Hickey
Fund Type: Memorial DonationsWilmington, NC
Memorial Contributions for Lower Cape Fear Hospice & LifeCareCenter
Walter was born on February 5, 1935 in Brooklyn. NY, to Walter and Bessie Hickey. He was the first of the twins to be born. His brother Gerald followed shortly after, much to the surprise of everyone. The twins joined their three-year-old brother Raymond. The Hickeys were now a family of five.
Walter grew up on Hale Avenue in Brooklyn. He attended Franklin K Lane HS in NY. He and his family summered in Lake Ronkonkoma on Long Island for many years. He and his brothers enjoyed driving the family's Model T Ford. Walter was the Captain of the swim team. He won many awards for this sport. His specialty was the backstroke. Lake Ronkonkoma provided him with many happy memories.
In 1954, he enlisted in the Army. He and his twin brother Gerald, served in Fulda Germany for two years. Instilled with pride during his service, he continued to support his 14th Cavalry Regiment by joining their Association and attending annual reunions held in military bases across the country. This gave him the opportunity to meet with many of the young active soldiers as well as a group of retirees and veterans. The 14th Armored Cavalry division is still serving in Iraq and Afghanistan. 14th CAV started on horses. Walter was a Morse Code Operator, and manned a tank. The Army Cavalry of today are driving Strykers.
On one occasion, a local soldier was seriously injured by an IAD. The 14th Cavalry Regiment contacted Walter to be their local representative. He was proud to go to New Bern to present the honor of The Golden Spurs to Eric Edmundson. At future 14th CAV reunions Walter was fortunate to have met some active soldiers who served with Eric. They let him know that Eric survived his ordeal, and after many years of therapy and unending family and medical support, Eric has improved and is a good son, husband, father, and soldier. What a rewarding experience for Walter.
Walter was also very active in Step Up for Soldiers with Tom Russell. This allowed him the opportunity to send packages to the 14th Cavalry soldiers he encountered during their annual reunions. It was a good feeling to see his service go full circle.
In 1962 he was accepted into the New York City Police Department. Patrolman Walter L. Hickey served in the 20 Pct, MTS Pct and ESU 7 Truck. His 23 years on the force gave him a lifetime of experiences, stories and accomplishments. In 1975, he was accepted into the NYPD Honor Legion after receiving a commendation for his actions in a hostage situation in a sporting goods store.
He retired and relocated to Forest by The Sea, Carolina Beach NC. It was like paradise living on the intercoastal waterway, and having his boat parked in a slip in his own back yard. Which led him to get involved for many years with the annual CB Surf Fishing Tournament.
He attended monthly CB town hall meetings. He was active in the American Legion in CB and in Wilmington. He enjoyed golfing with a traveling group. He loved the opportunity to play at the various courses. He was very proud of his Hole-In-One at Echo Farms fifth hole with a 7 wood on July 10, 2000. Walter was involved with Knights of Columbus in NY. The Elks Club in Wilmington. And the Mustang Club. The club he was most proud of is the Wilmington 10-13 Club.
10-13 is a code for 'officer needs assistance.' The Wilmington 10-13 Club is a group of policemen formerly from New York who join together for monthly meetings. They are family. They are there for each other, and for the community. Many worked in some form of law enforcement again after they relocated to the Wilmington area. One of the members, Tom Russell of Kure Beach, organized Step Up for Soldiers. 10-13 guys were right there by his side, packing boxes from home to be sent to active military, building wheel chair ramps for veterans in need, and running fund raisers for their projects. The group has even built a home for a veteran and his family to live in, rent free, while going to college to further their education and become self-sufficient. There is so much that goes on that we are never even aware of. And Walter was there with that big smile on his Irish face. Everyone knew he was a 'cop' just by looking at him.
Walter was always involved in life, and strove to work for the greater good. If you knew him, you loved him. If you didn't know him, you wished you had. He will never be forgotten.
Patrolman Walter L. Hickey
YOS 1962-1985 Years of service
20 Pct, MTS Pct, ESU Midtown South, Emergency Service Unit
14th Armored CAV 1954-1956
EOW 07/07/2019 End of Watch
Walter suffered two strokes in 2014. He has had his ups and downs, good days and bad. He fell in November 2018, and fractured his femur and needed surgery. That is when he had a new set of obstacles to overcome. On May 22. 2019, when his body didn't allow him to get out of bed anymore, he was admitted to Lower Cape Fear Hospice care. He was well cared for at home. He loved his bed, and he loved to sleep. He was comfortable. His health took a turn and he was admitted to the hospice facility in Wilmington on Friday July 5th. They cared for him and made him as comfortable as possible. They also were there to care for the family as well. On the morning of Sunday, July 7, 2019, as I held him in my arms, he passed comfortably to Heaven. The experience was priceless.
In lieu of flowers. Please make a donation to Lower Cape Fear Hospice, if you are able. I hope none of you will need their services, but if you do, they are there. They will bring you and your loved one, and your entire family, all of the support you may need. The emotional and spiritual assistance to the family members is almost as important as the care of the patient. Please support this wonderful organization. All monies collected goes to the organization.
Thank you for being here to celebrate the life of my husband Walter. Terry Hickey
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