Walter was born in Lisbon, Connecticut and was highly active in Boy Scouts obtaining the rank of Eagle Scout with Gold Palm. Walter also obtained the God & Country award and the Order of the Arrow Brotherhood award. He was also a scoutmaster for 4 years.
After graduating from high school, Walter joined the U.S. Marine Corps. After a brief stint in the infantry at Camp LeJeune, Walter was transferred to Washington, DC to be part of the Presidential Honor Guard at 8th and I Barracks in Washington, D. C., which is the oldest active post in the Marine Corps. He had the honor to serve as Ceremonial Honor Guard for President Eisenhower.
After leaving the Marines, Walter attended and graduated from Southeastern University and started his career.
On November 15, 1968, he and his wife, “Terry”, formed Walterry Insurance Brokers and worked together to establish the insurance agency. In 1976 they started writing insurance policies for media outlets such as newspapers, broadcast stations and independent film producers. Over the years their agency became one of the largest insurers of media insurance stretching over the entire fifty states.
Besides his family, his big loves were traveling and attending operas with his wife. Together they traveled to all fifty states, all seven continents and over one hundred countries. They also attended over 170 operas. Walter was also an avid golfer and lifetime member of the golf club located in Fort Washington, Maryland. His proudest golf achievement was his four holes in ones.