Walter Montross

Walter Carl Montross

Wednesday, December 30th, 1953 - Sunday, April 12th, 2020
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December 30, 1953 – April 12, 2020
On April 12, 2020, Walter Carl Montross died from complications after a three-year battle with metastatic Acral Melanoma.
Born December 30,1953, in Washington, DC, Walter was one of three children born to the late Barbara (née Ridgeway) and Maures G. Montross. He is survived by his loving wife of 38 years, Linda (née Sharrard); his daughter, Tracy Montross of Charlotte, NC, her husband Jesse Muñoz, and their son Jackson Boone; his son, Geoff Montross of Alexandria, VA, his wife, Julie (née Ackerman), and their daughter, Josephine Grace. He is also survived by his brother Stewart Montross and his wife Sandy and his brother David and many cherished friends.
Growing up, shadowing his father who was a country club general manager, Walter began his journey in the golf course maintenance profession. While attending Annapolis High School, he worked on the grounds crew at Annapolis Roads Country Club starting in 1968. In 1971 he joined the grounds team at Woodlawn Country Club before moving on to the Naval Academy Golf Course in 1972. Walter began his studies in 1973 at the Institute of Applied Agriculture at the University of Maryland. Upon graduating in 1975, he began a celebrated 36-year professional career, first as an Assistant Superintendent at Washington Golf & Country Club in 1976. His first position as a Head Golf Course Superintendent was at Springfield Golf & Country Club starting in 1979. After 11 years, he moved on to Westwood Country Club in 1990, where he finished out his career in 2011. In 2000, he was the 27th individual, worldwide, to ever achieve the Master Greenkeeper distinction through The British and International Golf Greenkeeping Association (BIGGA). He was a dedicated member of the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America (GCSAA) and its Mid-Atlantic chapter, having served two terms as the Mid-Atlantic Association of Golf Course Superintendents’ (MAAGCS) President and serving on many committees.
Outside of the time Walter dedicated to the golf course, he perfected his landscaping at home and enjoyed cheering for the Maryland Terrapins and his children at their sporting events and choral concerts. He was a lifelong student – an avid reader - always seeking ways to expand his mind. His love for history inspired travel, enjoying the food and wine of the places he visited. Walter and Linda’s friendships were forged through favorite pastimes such as playing golf, bridge and wine tasting. Walter loved music and watching movies – a shared passion with Linda. At his happiest, he could be found captaining his boats with his family onboard alongside him.
Upon retiring to the Northern Neck of Virginia in 2011, he joined the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 054-03-03, volunteering countless hours in a number of roles including teaching and serving as Treasurer and as Flotilla Commander.
When he was not on the water, he found great pride in preparing artful meals that reflected his natural talent as a self-taught chef. From the kitchen in which he prepared these gourmet creations, he enjoyed his treasured view of the Chesapeake Bay and the stunning sunrises that rose over the American flag that he flew proudly in his back yard.
In recent years, he came to realize the great influence he had on his children as they achieved success in the careers that he and Linda inspired them to pursue. Perhaps his favorite role, in the last two years, was that of grandpa. He found tremendous joy in spending time with his two cherished grandchildren.
A private burial on the Chesapeake Bay will be planned for a later date. A celebration of life will be delayed until further notice.
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Jason and Mary Slater

Posted at 11:27am
Our thoughts and prayers are with you and the Montross Family during this time of loss. Walter was a great man and we will truly miss him.
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Diane Dolan

Posted at 07:37pm
Dear Linda, Tracy and Geoff,
We knew this day would come but still -- we feel the loss of Walter mightily. Old friends are the best friends and we treasured our long friendship with Walter. We are all couples -- friends of over 30 years -- and now one of our guys is gone. One of my favorite memories is just picturing his face at dinner club or brunches when he told vivid stories about the exploits and accomplishments of Geoff and Tracy. He was so proud of you both. Farewell dear friend -- you will not be forgotten.

Diane and Kevin Dolan

Tom Barth

Posted at 10:07pm
Dear Tracy and Family, Please accept our warmest condolences. We are thinking of you. Your friends in the MPA program at UNC Charlotte.
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Ray and Sheila Finnerty

Posted at 02:51pm
Thanks for all the good work you have done to make Westwood a beautiful place Over the years
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