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Walter F. Kamens, 87, of Terryville (Plymouth), CT and most recently Brockton, MA, passed away on June 16, 2017 following a courageous battle with Alzheimer's Disease. Walter was the youngest son of the late Henry and Gertrude Kamens. He was pre-deceased by his brothers Henry and Charles Kamens of Terryville, CT, and his sister, Frances K. Ramsden of Brockton, MA.

After graduating from Terryville High School, Walter worked at the Seth Thomas Clock Company. He later joined the Army and served in Germany during the Korean War. He studied voice at the Hartford School of Music in Hartford, CT, and trained for three weeks at the Fontainebleau School in France under the tutelage of the famed Mademoiselle Nadia Boulanger. She was the first woman to conduct many major orchestras in the United States and Europe, and teacher of many leading composers and musicians of the 20th Century.

Walter was a gifted voice teacher who sung professionally with the Manhattan Opera and the Connecticut Opera. In addition to maintaining a Hartford studio for piano and voice and managing the prestigious Gallup and Alfred Music Store in Hartford, CT, Walter worked as organist, tenor soloist and choir director at area churches.

Moving to New York City, Walter worked as an account representative for the Music Sales Corp., selling music books to department stores such as Macy's. During this time he had the opportunity to sing in the Brooklyn Library. He was later transferred to Washington D.C.

Walter began offering vocal instruction at the suggestion of colleagues. Over the years he trained a number of students, some of which went on to professional singing careers. Moving back to his hometown of Terryville, he continued to coach students, many of which became lifelong friends. In his retirement years, Walter became an avid writer of short stories and poems.

Walter was a loving son, devoted brother, and beloved uncle to many nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews. Known for his sense of humor, his intellect, his love of animals and nature, and his love of classical music and opera, Walter enriched the lives of many and will be dearly missed by family and friends.

Donations may be made in Walter's memory to Alley Cat Allies, one of his favorite charities, at alleycat.org.

Funeral Services are Private. Interment with military honors will be held at Melrose Cemetery, Brockton.