NORTH SALEM, NY — Walter overcame many personal obstacles and a Celebration of his life will take place with friends and family to be announced at a later date for Walter Hutchins, 56, who passed away at Westchester County Hospital on May 10 from complications, resulting from injuries sustained in a tragic bicycling accident, while riding with friends in North Salem, N.Y.
Walter was the second of four children and the proud father of three beautiful and amazing teenage daughters.
He was born in Berlin, N.H. on Feb. 22, 1957, son of William and Mary H. Hutchins.
He attended Eaglebrook School in Deerfield, Mass. and then graduated from Hanover High School in 1974. Walter continued his education at the University of Utah for a year. He worked on the Strang Ranch in Carbondale, Colo., and organized ski races in Aspen, Colo., for two years before continuing his education, in agriculture, at the University of Vermont, graduating in 1980 with a BS.
Because of Walter’s rugged and handsome appearance, he found an opportunity to become a model, and worked for Wilhelmina Models in New York City. He appeared in numerous magazine ads and traveled extensively to Switzerland, Australia, Italy and the Fiji Islands. Walter had many interests and was a gifted athlete, he loved skiing, cycling, soccer, equestrian competition and was considered a gentleman gardener, and he always appreciated and was able to enjoy the finer things that life had to offer.
Walter is survived by his mother, Mary H. Hutchins of Norwich; two sisters, Molly Hutchins of Woodstock and Rebecca Hutchins of Lexington, Ky; one brother, Jamie Hutchins of Bennington; his former wife Melinda Hackett of New York City, three daughters, Herron, Hazel and Marin; and his longtime companion Vicky Lowry, New York City.
This obituary first appeared in the May 23, 2013 print edition of the Vermont Standard.
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