Walter A. Pierce, Jr., 72

Sep 14, 2020

Walter A. Pierce, Jr., 72, of West Wareham died peacefully on Friday, September 11, 2020 at St. Luke’s Hospital, New Bedford with his wife and daughters by his side. He was the husband of Carol L. (Peltola) Pierce.  

Born in Wareham on December 2, 1947, he was the son of the late Walter A. Pierce and Emily J. (Vecchi) Pierce of Rochester. Walter graduated from Old Rochester Regional High School in 1965. He worked several jobs in his early years; Hayden Separator in Wareham, Braincon Corporation in Marion and Maxim Motors in Middleboro. He was in business with his cousin, Glenn Pierce at Pierce T.V. & Electronics, Inc. in Rochester for 23 years. For over 50 years, Walter was a member of the Town of Wareham Fire Dept and then later the Wareham Fire District Fire Dept, as well as their dive squad before retiring in December 2013. During the 51 years married to his wife, Walter was supportive of the family cranberry business, Big Rock Farm, Inc. in Middleboro. He maintained the bogs for over 20 years; recently with his grandson, Owen. 

He was a member of the Wareham Fire Association, the Dude’s Crossing Health Club in Tihonet and a 44-year member of the Tri Town Golf League. He enjoyed; fishing, hunting, golfing, table shuffleboard with the “Bog Rats,” also cribbage and poker with his buddies. He also enjoyed working on his 1986 Buick Grand National and taking it to classic car shows.

Survivors include his wife; his daughters, Nicky (Pierce) Wilson, of Mattapoisett, MA; Jessica (Pierce) Kinney of Rochester, MA and five grandchildren, Owen Kinney, Delaney Wilson, Olivia Kinney, Makenzie Despres, & Jeffrey Despres. Walter had six sisters; Frances Florindo & Gail Purdy of West Wareham, and Bonnie Hartley of Rochester. He was predeceased by his sisters Laurianne Lowe of Minnesota, June Gainey of N. Carolina and Joyce McWilliams of W. Wareham. 

Relatives and friends are invited to a graveside service at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, September 19, 2020 at Hillside Cemetery, 380 High Street, Rochester. Appropriate COVID-19 protocol will be required including the use of face masks and social distancing.

Donations in his memory may be made to the Wareham Fireman’s Association, 273 Main Street, Wareham, MA  02571. Arrangements by Chapman, Cole & Gleason Funeral Home in Wareham. To leave a message of condolence, visit