Walter C. Hudson, a former U.S. Marine and retired postal worker, died on Friday, June 14, 2019. He was 71.
He was born on Dec. 24, 1947, to the late Estelle and Kenneth Hudson. Baptized as a Catholic, he was educated in the Philadelphia Archdiocese Catholic school system.
In 1965, Hudson enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps. He did a tour of duty in South Vietnam and was honorably discharged in 1969. He lived with survivor’s remorse after serving in the Vietnam War and was haunted by the memories of his fellow soldiers who never made it home.
Years after returning to civilian life, Hudson was diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder, which he suffered from for the rest of his life. Despite his struggles, Hudson spoke with love of the brotherhood he shared with his platoon members. He had a special bond with Dennis Baker and would often spend hours on the phone with him talking about everything from their war experiences to their loved ones.
After returning to Philadelphia, he met Lucinda Williams. They were married on March 24, 1973, and three sons were born during their union.
Hudson worked at the U.S. Postal Service until he retired in 1991. He was a member of the bowling team and basketball team at the post office.
He loved to go deep sea fishing. Every Monday on his day off from work, he would cook seafood dishes for his family and friends.
“Walter was a family man,” his family said in a tribute. “He believed that nothing was more important than family. Walter always provided for and protected his family, especially his wife. He believed that through it all family comes first.”
Hudson doted on his grandchildren and loved gardening, the latest technology and playing chess. He was also an avid Philadelphia sports fan.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by: sons, Kareem, Hakim (Theresa) and Khalil; nephew, Mbiti; grandchildren, Tysheen, Khadija, Aquil, Kareem Jr., Akima, Tyree, Zakiyah, Raymond, Koshiana, Hakim Jr., Khareema and Stina; nine great-grandchildren; brothers, Kenneth, Alan (Teresa) and Terrance (Janice); aunt, Thelma; other relatives; and friends.
Services were held June 22 at Millennium Baptist Church, 1630 N. 52nd St. Viewing was at 9 a.m. Services followed at 10 a.m. Burial was in Westminster Cemetery, Bala Cynwyd.
Slater Funeral Home handled the arrangements.