Walter Steneck Bopp, a 61 year resident of Larchmont, died at home on February 20, 2011. He was born in New York City on November 29, 1913 as the only child of Walter Frederick and Josephine Steneck Bopp. Walter graduated from Trinity School in Manhattan in 1931, and received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from Brown University in 1935. At Brown he was a member of Delta Upsilon Fraternity, and served as President.
During WWII, Walter served in the Navy in Washington, DC. It was there that he met his loving wife, Mary Zilla Clarke. They were married on August 14, 1943 at St. Alban’s Chapel in Washington. They settled in Larchmont in 1950. Walter and Mary became active members of the Larchmont Avenue Church and made wonderful lifelong friends through the church’s Doublets Club. Walter served as a Church trustee, elder and as treasurer for 10 years. They became members of the Larchmont Yacht Club in 1951, which became a beloved focal point for family activities and celebrations.
Mary and Walter had a wonderful life together, focusing on joys of family and friends. They shared a love of travel, which they pursued with gusto in their retirement years. For their 50th anniversary, they started an annual family tradition of celebrating in Bermuda, which continued for 10 years. In later years the celebrations shifted to Mohonk Mountain House.
Walter was predeceased by his beloved wife Mary in 2007. He is survived by his four loving children, their spouses, and seven grandchildren: daughter Karen and husband Elliott McEntee, daughter Linda and husband Gene Orsenigo, son Walter (Skip) and wife Marguerite, and son Peter and partner Scott Bistayi. Walter took great pride and joy in his seven grandchildren: Meredith and Christine McEntee, John and Katie Orsenigo, and Caroline, Margaret, and Lillian Bopp. He is also survived by his sister-in-law, Isabel Clarke Frazee, his nieces Barbara Frazee Farmer, Kim Clarke Sailo, and Kady Clarke Hillman, and his cousins Heidi von Alvensleben and Grace Steneck.
After WWII, Walter joined RCA in the International division. He went on to join Philco-Ford, where he served as Vice President and General Manager of the International Division. He spent many years traveling the globe in this job, and he loved all the wonderful colleagues he befriended around the world. After retiring from Philco, Walter joined Eurpac Service Company of Greenwich, CT. In his retirement years, Walter took joy in running the Steneck Travel Bureau in Hoboken, NJ, which was founded by his grandfather.
He was active in many community organizations, including serving on the boards of the Brown Club and University Club of Westchester, the Visiting Nurses of Westchester, and as President of the Rotary Club of Hoboken.
Walter cherished his lifelong affiliation with Brown and took great pride that both his sons attended his alma mater. They honored him with the establishment of the Walter S Bopp Seminar Room at Brown in 2006.
A memorial service celebrating and honoring Walter’s life will be held at the Larchmont Avenue Church on Saturday, March 5 at 11 AM. A reception will immediately follow in the Church Hall. In lieu of flowers, contributions in Walter’s honor to the Larchmont Avenue Church would be appreciated.