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Downtown Vernon Association mourns loss of dedicated member

Brian Walsh was well known for his efforts to clean up the streets; GoFundMe launched after unexpected passing
A GoFundMe online fundraiser has been launched to cover end-of-life expenses following the unexpected death of Brian Walsh, who worked for the Downtown Vernon Association and was known for his dedication to cleaning up the community. (DVA/Facebook photo)

The Downtown Vernon Association (DVA) is mourning the loss of one of its dedicated members, a man devoted to making the city as beautiful as it can be.

Brian Walsh removed more than 2,500 pounds of garbage in two years during his time working for the DVA, and after his recent and unexpected passing, the DVA is hoping people will remember his resolve to beautify the downtown, and support an effort to cover end-of-life expenses for his family.

“It is with the heaviest of hearts that we announce the passing of our dear friend, coworker, and devoted husband, Brian Walsh,” the DVA said in a Facebook post Wednesday. “Throughout his tenure at the DVA, Brian’s unwavering dedication to our community was evident as he worked to enhance the beauty of downtown Vernon, single-handedly removing over 2,500 lbs of waste. His efforts were not just about aesthetics; they reflected his profound love for our city and its people.

“As we mourn the loss of Brian, we stand together to support his beloved wife Pauline. The sudden departure of Brian has left a void in our hearts and an unexpected burden on his family.”

A GoFundMe campaign has been launched to support Walsh’s family in this difficult time.

According to the GoFundMe, Walsh did more than clean up the streets while he was on his rounds — he saved lives. But he did so without seeking recognition.

“Brian’s tough exterior belied the remarkable depth of his kindness. Despite literally saving (two that we know of) lives, he shied away from recognition, preferring to let his deeds speak for themselves,” reads the GoFundMe campaign set up by Troy Hill.

“Beyond his professional endeavors, Brian’s heart beat for the open road,” the GoFundMe continues. “Alongside his beloved wife Pauline, he found adventure and joy riding their Harley Davidsons under the summer sun, and embarking on adventures in their converted van when the winter winds blew cold.”

The GoFundMe aims to alleviate the financial strain of Walsh’s unexpected passing and allow the family to grieve and heal. To donate visit

“In honoring Brian’s memory, let us not only remember his remarkable contributions but also emulate his spirit of selflessness and compassion,” reads the GoFundMe page. “Together, let’s ensure that his legacy of kindness lives on, brightening the lives of those he touched and continuing to uplift our community.”

The fundraiser has generated $2,400 towards a goal of $5,000 as of Thursday morning, with the DVA donating $1,000.

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