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Walter J. Elliot


1938 - 2018 Obituary Condolences
Walter J. Elliot Obituary
Walter John Elliot was born June 25th, 1938. He passed away on May 1st, International Labor Day (fitting) late in the evening. He was visiting Boston on business and had dinner with a couple of other retired labor leaders who were friends of his and stopped by the Black Rose for a pint of Guiness before retiring to bed. He would never wake up. He was a widower the last few years of his life as his wife of 47 years passed away three years ago from cancer. He will be greatly missed by all of his family and friends including his children Michelle Pallares and John Elliot Sr., and his six grandchildren John M. Elliot Jr., Mitchell J. Elliot, Dominic A. Pallares, Kristiana D. Elliot, Vivian I. Pallares and Sarah E. Elliot. His only living sibling is Elizabeth Kelley. Walt was born in Boston and quit high school at 17 to join the Navy. He travelled extensively in the Navy covering the Globe from Japan to the Aleutian Islands in Alaska. When he finished in the Navy he made a couple of stops before setting roots up in Las Vegas in the 1950’s. His family followed him out here as his mother, his sisters and his brother all moved their families from Boston to Las Vegas. He did many different jobs in different casino’s until he finally settled as a bartender. He did that for a few years and then became the Secretary Treasurer of the Bartenders Union Local 165 and eventually a Vice President of the Hotel Employees and Restaurant Employees International Union. He saw the world during his life as he travelled to Europe, Mexico and even made 3 trips to Israel in his position as board member for Israeli Bonds. In his own words, “I have lived a life far above anything I could have ever imagined”. He did not want a funeral or a wake, he wanted a party in his honor, which will occur soon for those who knew him well. He didn’t want donations, but instead go to any local union hall for any craft and put whatever you would have donated into an envelope and ask the people at the desk to put the name and address on the envelope of the union member who had been out of work the longest. Wrap the money in a note saying, “good luck and hope this helps, from Walt”.
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