Walter C. Karp

August 5, 1959 ~ November 16, 2020 (age 61)


Walter Coleman Karp, 61, of Apollo, formerly of New Kensington, passed away peacefully on November 16, 2020 due to complications from COVID 19. He was born in Natrona Heights on August 5, 1959 to Shirley Levine Karp and the late Harry M. Karp.  Recently he was a resident of Quality Life services, Apollo, PA.

Walter was a graduate of Valley High School Class of 1978 where he was the Valley Viking Football Team’s trainer and manager. He worked at the Shop and Save in Natrona Heights. He was a longtime member of the New Kensington Volunteer Fire Department and also worked with the New Kensington Ambulance Department.  In his free time, Walter enjoyed listening to oldies, fishing, watching old Turner Classic movies, and watching the Pittsburgh Steelers, Pittsburgh Pirates, and Pitt Football.

He is survived by his loving mother, Shirley Levine Karp; brothers David  (Hilary) Karp of Surfside, FL formerly of Mt. Lebanon, PA,  Marshall  (Elaine) Karp of Massillon, OH; sister, Barbara (Stephen) Taylor of Springfield, VA; nieces and nephews, Richard Karp, Ryan (Brian) Hollingsworth and  Aaron Karp , and Nathan and Blake Taylor; great-niece, Chloe Hollingsworth; and many Karp, Yeager, Levine, Armon, and Sunshine cousins and a multitude of friends.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to Jeannie Krahe, who has helped Walter and Karp family tremendously.

He was preceded in death by his beloved father and idol, Harry M. Karp, owner and operator of Karp’s Jewelry Store in Tarentum for more than 40 years.

In Lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Walter’s honor to Adat Shalom Synagogue, 368 Guys Run Road, Cheswick, PA 15024 or New Kensington Volunteer Fire Department, New Kensington, PA 15068 in his memory. 

A private graveside burial service will be held on Friday, November 20, in Beth Jacob Cemetery, New Kensington, Rabbi Yaier Leher will officiate.

Cards of Condolence may be sent to Ridge Avenue Senior Residence, 358 New Kensington, PA 15068 in care of Mrs. Karp.

May his memory be a constant blessing to his family and friends. 

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