Dad Portrait
Walter Bugeja
  • 57 years old
  • Date of birth: Feb 16, 1954
  • Place of birth:
    Brooklyn, New York, United States
  • Date of passing: May 26, 2011
  • Place of passing:
    Fort Smith, Arkansas, United States
Let the memory of Walter be with us forever

This memorial website was created in the memory of our loved one, Walter Thomas Bugeja who was born on February 16, 1954 and passed away on May 26, 2011. We will remember him forever.

Walter Thomas Bugeja, age 57, was a resident of Fort Smith, Arkansas for over 25 years.  Prior to that time, he had spent many years living in Pennsylvania, New York, and Florida.  Walt, as he was often known by his friends and family, attended college at Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania.  He earned Bachelor degrees in Parks and Recreation.  Walter wanted to build parks and Boys and Girls clubs with his knowledge, and was able to before he fell in love with his wife Linda.

On May 22nd, 2011, Walter and Linda celebrated their 32nd wedding anniversary.  Together, Walt and Linda had Jason, Joshua, and Joseph Nicholas Bugeja.  Walt was definitely a "family man" and enjoyed spending time with all of them.  With the newest addition of Brooklinn to the family, Walt made a special effort to find something unique that they could share together.  The result was "turtle walking," which took place at the park near the Arkansas River.  He read daily, watched old movies, fished, and tried to be the best person he could be, helping others wherever possible in an attempt to create a better world.  Walt was very religious and attended numerous church services.  In particular, he was a regular at Christ the King Church, his home church, and Immaculate Conception.

Walter lived a very full and enriched life, having seen three sons graduate high school, two graduate college, one graduate law school, one get married, one enlist in the military, and one have a child.  Walt had various jobs over the course of his life, but enjoyed the ones where he was a part of a team the most.  In particular, he loved being a part of the Bugeja Real Estate Team as a Realtor, along with his wife Linda and his son Joshua. He had also worked for the Armored Car and as a substitute teacher, which both made him feel good because he was helping others.

Walter is survived by his parents Joseph and Beatrice Bugeja, his older brother Charles Bugeja, his younger sister Betsy Ponzo, his wife LInda Bugeja, his children Jason Bugeja, Joshua Bugeja, and Joseph Nicholas Bugeja, and his granddaughter Brooklinn Rose Bugeja.

 

*NOTICE*

Walter wanted to be cremated and, due to a variety of complications, his memorial service will tentatively be held at Christ the King Church on June 22nd, 2011 at 10:00 a.m.

Additionally, Walter passed away without a life insurance policy or any assets.  The family is having difficulty raising the funds for his cremation and memorial service.  If you would like to show support for the family during this difficult time, you may help in any of the following ways:

1) Make a small donation to Lewis Funeral Home for his account (even after all expenses have been paid here, there are expenses for an urn, the church and priest, flower arrangements, obituary publication, etc.)

2) Send support to the family by way of inexpensive messages regarding how he positively touched your life or a fond memory you have

3) Instead of sending flowers prior to the service to comfort the family, contact one of the immediate family members so that a "pool" of donated flowers can be used to decorate the final service.

4) Keep the family in your thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.

Thank you.

Memorial Tributes
This tribute was added by Josh Bugeja on 29th September 2016

"Hey Dad, I haven't been by in a while but I wanted to let you know that I do think of you often.  I don't recall writing on this before but after reading through some of the other tributes left on your page, I immediately felt the love others have for you, like I do.  Hopefully my writing can pay them back for that.  It's so easy to not talk about how we feel, even if that's what we want the most.

I want you to know that things are going well and I'm happy.  I follow much of your advice and especially the whole, "keep your mind on the things you want and off the things you don't" bit.  Although your nonstop optimism seemed annoying at times, it is definitely one of the things I miss most about you.  No matter what struggle I face for myself or the benefit of others, I often hear your voice encouraging me on and that gives me strength to push forward.  Thank you for always having faith in me.

I've married a wonderful woman and I take comfort in knowing that you'd have gladly welcomed her into the family and I believe you two would have gotten along quite well.  Like you, she likes old movies, especially musicals, and I know she would have appreciated your humor.  Anyway, just wanted to let you know that I was thinking about you.  Love you Dad.

-Josh"

This tribute was added by Josh Bugeja on 29th September 2016

"Hey Dad, I haven't been by in a while but I wanted to let you know that I do think of you often.  I don't recall writing on this before but after reading through some of the other tributes left on your page, I immediately felt the love others have for you, like I do.  Hopefully my writing can pay them back for that.  It's so easy to not talk about how we feel, even if that's what we want the most.

I want you to know that things are going well and I'm happy.  I follow much of your advice and especially the whole, "keep your mind on the things you want and off the things you don't" bit.  Although your nonstop optimism seemed annoying at times, it is definitely one of the things I miss most about you.  No matter what struggle I face for myself or the benefit of others, I often hear your voice encouraging me on and that gives me strength to push forward.  Thank you for always having faith in me.

I've married a wonderful woman and I take comfort in knowing that you'd have gladly welcomed her into the family and I believe you two would have gotten along quite well.  Like you, she likes old movies, especially musicals, and I know she would have appreciated your humor.  Anyway, just wanted to let you know that I was thinking about you.  Love you Dad.

-Josh"

This tribute was added by Angela Bugeja on 13th May 2016

"Thinking of you and wishing you were here. I want to thank you for raising such a wonderful son. Jason is such a wonderful father and husband and I know you would be so proud. I can see your kind and thoughtful ways in him when he smiles, has a tender word, teaches Hunter the importance of respecting his mother and grandmother. I see you in the little things each day, and I see you in Zoey. She's so beautiful and Brooklyn adores her.  We love you and will miss you until we see you again.
Love,
Anji"

This tribute was added by linda bugeja on 17th February 2016

"Walt. Today is your birthday my beloved!  The greatest birthday gift I can ever give you is my undying love. For 30 years we were a team. We ran hand in hand together and I loved every minute of it!  Your legacy is a memorial to all that you were.  Your sons and grand daughters   Brooklyn is 8 now and still recites stories of her and papa!  You have a new little Jason now :  it is Zoey. She looks and acts like her daddy even though she is only 21/2 months old!  You could not be more proud of anything as you would your 3 sons. Sting, handsome, smart and hard working young men. Always there for their mom no matter what!  Just like you taught them!  I will always mourn for your loss my darling!  Not quite so visible as
At first but the pain is always there that I will always feel of your loss in my life. You will always be in a special part of my heart my darling and I know one day we will run through the sands of heaven together again!  I pray for your eternal peace each night and know that you have the peace you so deserve!  I love you wawa"

This tribute was added by Jason Bugeja on 16th February 2016

"Hi Dad! I wanted you to know we are all doing well.  I now have a 2 1/2 month old daughter!!  Zoey is amazing, but I am sure you already know since you were the first person to meet her in heaven.  We miss you greatly dad.  I know one day we'll be reunited.  Today I take a moment to honor you.  I love you Dad. Thank you again for being the strongest man I ever knew.  Until then take care and be at peace."

This tribute was added by linda bugeja on 14th October 2013

"My darling, there isn't a day I am not with you.  I know we were soul mates and our souls are inter- twined.  I miss your touch, your smile and your presence.  I try every day to be strong for our family.  Please rest in peace and love.  You are so very loved!  Brooklyn has your pictures to look at each day and tells me things the two of you did..I love you eternally"

This tribute was added by Jason Bugeja on 26th May 2013

"I love you dad; I enjoyed our small talk today.  Today I wanted to take a quick moment and let you know we are all doing well and staying strong.  Our family ties are filled with love and acceptance.  We love you and miss you greatly; Each day in life, I find a little bit more of you in me and I thank you for planting such wonderful seeds in all of us. Take care. Your son, Jason"

This tribute was added by Angela Bugeja on 29th October 2012

"Thinking of you today, Walt.  I went down to look at the tree planted at the River Park.  It is getting so big, it's foliage looks amazing, I just know you would have loved it.

We miss you and love you, always and forever.
Anji"

This tribute was added by b b on 2nd June 2012

"On Walter’s 1st heavenly anniversary flowers & prayers dedicated in the parish where he remains and in Largo, Fl in honor of my brother, my friend, forever missed and forever loved. A memorial ride to National cemetery in Sarasota celebrated this anniversary of three generation of Walters now forever together. We pray for peace and hope until the day we meet again. Miss you bro, your sister"

This tribute was added by Ruth Bugeja on 16th February 2012

"Dear Walter ,May God's angels surround you today and let you know how much you are loved and missd on this earth. Your brothers heart will never be the same without you ,he loved you so much, always protected you growing up as brother .And though the years will go by ones deep love never die's for another . Many were enriched by knowing you Walter, Happy Birthday in Heaven."

This tribute was added by Jason Bugeja on 16th February 2012

"Today is our Dad's "58"th birthday first one celebrated in Heaven.  As a family we have decided to plant a tree in Dad's memory down by his favorite park-the river park in Fort Smith.  We are still looking at types of trees to pick from that would be appropriate for both the area and for capturing Dad's personality.  We do know at this point it will be a tree in the large family category."

This tribute was added by Paula Reed on 21st June 2011

"Please know my prayers are with your family.  I just saw the notice in the paper.  Walter was such a kind man, and even though I had met him only a few times, he was a great example of a Christian who wished to follow the Lord in all things.  Paula R"

This tribute was added by barbara karber on 30th May 2011

"I have known this family for many many years.  They came into my life when Nick was a little boy.  Walt would walk him over to Tilles Elementary School so that I could work with him.  "Go in Peace Walt, Go in Peace"

This tribute was added by Brenda Campbell on 29th May 2011

"walter will be missed.he always had a smile and a kind word ..rest in peace Walter."

This tribute was added by Dorothy- Dottie- Bortko-Rizzo on 29th May 2011

"Fly away Walter, on the wings on God.
You will truly be missed.
Aunt Dorothy"

This tribute was added by Cecilla Rebrick on 27th May 2011

"I remember  when your dad dropped you guys off at my house to watch movies about 30 mins later, your Dad came back with 5 or 6 pizza for us all. It was a great. He will be missed."


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