Walter R. Warren

Walter R. Warren, age 90, passed away peacefully at his home with his wife and family by his side. He was born September 20th, 1929 and was a lifelong Malden resident.
He is survived by his loving wife, Martha E. Warren (Prince) of 64 years. They met in 1952 at Mrs. Bell’s Donut Shop in Malden Square and began their amazing life together. He is further survived by his sons, George Warren and his wife Annemarie of Malden, Walter Warren Jr. and his wife Cheryl of Yarmouthport, Russell Warren and his wife Laurie of Peabody, Sean Diebley (Warren) and his husband Jason of West Independence, Ohio, Thomas Bourgoin and his wife Julie of Newtonville, James Bourgoin and his wife Barbara of Sarasota, FL and Michael Warren of Lynn; his daughter Robin Cote’ and her husband Richard Silvestro of Bourne; granddaughters Marylou Lareau (Griffin) and her husband Thomas, Molly, Nicole Shevory (Warren) and her husband John-Paul, Caroline, Rebecca and Madeline; grandsons Frazier and Nate; great-grandsons Kevin and Walter; and great-granddaughter Katie. He was preceded in death by his daughter Michelle Magrath.

Walter and Martha also lovingly welcomed many foster children into their home throughout their life together.
Walter was a proud Navy veteran of the Korean Conflict serving honorably on the Aircraft Carrier USS Roosevelt. After completing his service, he returned to Malden where he served on the Malden Police force for 31 years before retiring in 1994. During his tenure on the police department he was instrumental in establishing the first K9 unit and many Malden residents will remember him as the dog officer for the City of Malden. Walter and Martha also owned the Shadow Box ceramic store on Exchange Street in Malden for over 30 years. He was a devoted husband, father and friend who cherished spending time with his extended family. In his spare time he was an avid softball player, enjoyed skiing, playing cards with family and friends and spending summers on Pinehurst Beach in Wareham. In his retirement he enjoyed traveling, gambling trips with his friends and bragging about his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

At the family’s request, a private service will be held. Donations can be made in Walter’s name to the Disabled American Veterans (D.A.V.) on 85 Willow St. Malden, MA 02148 –


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12 Condolences

  1. Maureen Carr on March 16, 2020 at 8:39 pm

    Mary I’m so very sorry for the loss of your Grandfather. God bless him. My prayers and thoughts are with You and your Family

  2. James & Betteanne Macdonald on March 16, 2020 at 10:21 pm

    Mary so sorry to hear about the loss of your Grandfather he sounded like quite a special person.

  3. Dave and Silvia Anstey on March 17, 2020 at 1:35 pm

    Tom & Family,

    You are in our thoughts during this difficult time. Your Dad was a special person to his family, community and country. Remember all the good times and celebrate a life well lived.

  4. Tammy & Jim. on March 18, 2020 at 12:50 pm

    Rob and family, Thoughts and prayers to you all. I had the pleasure of meeting your father many years ago when the girls were small. He was a delightful grandfather. May your memories bring peace and many smiles through this sad time.

  5. Dave Morse on March 18, 2020 at 1:36 pm

    Martha & George,

    I am so sorry for your loss. I had the privelage of working with Walter on the Malden Police Dept. He was a great guy. Will always remember the backyard on Memorial Day during the break in the parade. He will be missed. Will keep Walter and the family in our thoughts and prayers.

  6. Kenny and Debbie on March 18, 2020 at 8:33 pm

    Rob and family,

    So sorry for your loss. I’m glad you have such wonderful memories of your father. We will be thinking of you during this difficult time.

  7. Cheryl Jones on March 19, 2020 at 10:44 pm

    To my dear friend Sean and his amazing family –

    I was so sad to hear about your dad’s passing. He was an incredible man who was very loved by so many, and he will be very missed.

    My deepest condolences and my most heartfelt prayers are with you all.

  8. Billy and Jill Larson on March 19, 2020 at 11:17 pm

    Dear Martha and Family,
    We are very sad for the passing of Walter. We always enjoyed talking with him at each of the Prince Family get togethers.
    We feel very fortunate to have known him and your family.
    Peace and love to you ALL,
    Billy and Jill

  9. Amanda Modugno on March 19, 2020 at 11:27 pm

    To my family away from my biological family, I am so very sorry and sad to hear of the loss of Walter (Papa). I have so very many fond memories that include him, and I will hold them, and him, in my heart, always. My heart, and my condolences go out to you all. Love and hugs, Amanda

  10. Michael Sullivan on March 20, 2020 at 1:05 am

    Growing up in our neighborhood we didn’t just have our own parents , our friends parents were always their to give us a suggestion, Feed us a meal, show us how to act, or maybe a kick in the ass….but it was always about loving us all like we were your own. Walter and yourself have been a big part of my life and his legacy lives on in all of the kids who ever had the chance to be around him….Please let’s this help you and give you comfort during these trying times …..

  11. The Polston Family and Malden Police K9 Unit on March 22, 2020 at 1:10 am

    My condolences to the Warren Family and thank you Walter for your life of service to your nation and community.

  12. Eddie jacobs on March 25, 2020 at 1:34 pm

    So sorry he was the best we had a lot of good times

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