Walter C. Books Jr.
August 08, 1953 - October 09, 2021
Visitation: Sunday 2-6 p.m. at Devlin Funeral Home Inc. Ross Twp.
Service: Mass of Christian Burial in Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Parish, St. Teresa of Avila Church, Monday 10:00 a.m.
Walter Chatham Books, Jr. (8/8/1953 – 10/9/2021)
Walter (Wally) Chatham Books, 68, of West View passed away on October 9, 2021, after a brief illness, with family at his side.
He was the beloved husband of Audrey E (Tobac) Books. They were married in 1984 and spent 37 years at each other’s sides. As the loving father of Lauren Rae Books, he was a one in a million dad, who treasured time spent with his daughter.
Walter was the son of Gloria and Walter Chatham Books, Sr. He was preceded in death by his parents and his brothers, Ronald and Gary.
He is survived by several brothers in law and sisters in law along with numerous nieces and nephews.
He was a faithful Christian who loved reading his Bible and was enthusiastic about his faith.
Wally was an avid Steeler fan and season ticket holder for 56 years. He had a love for all sports and an incredible recall for sports facts. He was an impressive wrestler, talented pitcher, and enjoyed working with kids coaching football.
He retired from the North Hills School District in 2018 after over 20 years of service. Prior to working for the school district, he was involved in the family business and delivered Stella Dora Cookies throughout the greater Pittsburgh area.
Walter enjoyed the time he spent with family and friends and would do anything for anyone. He could talk to anyone about anything. He never met a stranger.
One of his greatest passion’s was music. He believed that if you played an instrument, you would never be lonely. He played by ear and encouraged many to sing along. His talent was enjoyed in venues across the country in his younger years, including a USO tour, and later got great satisfaction in sharing his passion with others.
He and his wife appreciated the outdoors and spent a lot of time at the ocean, traveling around the country, camping, kayaking, swimming, and bird watching. He was an ardent fisherman whose culinary skills were enjoyed by all who sat at his table.
Wally was a history buff. He was proud of his heritage dating back to the Revolutionary War and spent a lot of time in Gettysburg where his ancestors figured prominently in the Civil War.
Wally was one of a kind, whose loving and giving spirit inspired everyone around him to be a better person. He will always be known for his infectious laugh, huge heart, and ability to light up the room. His mantra, “No matter what, you got to keep going” may provide comfort as his passing leaves a void in the hearts of all who knew and loved him.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the parishioners in need of Mount Carmel Parish.
Visitation will be at Devlin Funeral Home, Inc. 806 Perry Hwy. North Hills. Sunday, October 17th 2021 from 2-6 PM. Mass of Christian burial will be held as Our lady of Mt. Carmel Parish, St. Teresa of Avila Catholic Church on Monday, October 18th 2021 at 10 AM.