Walter Valderrama Sr., Grand Hyatt

The Union is sad to announce the passing of Walter Valderrama, Sr., our brother from the Grand Hyatt. Water worked at the Grand Hyatt for almost 22 years, first as a dishwasher and later as a houseman.

Carlos Obando, one of Walter’s colleagues at the Grand Hyatt for over 15 years, fondly remembers his friend as the perfect example of a nice guy. “Even though he was quiet by nature, he was really friendly. He was the type of guy who would help anyone without hesitation,” Carlos recalled.

Grand Hyatt room attendant Miryam Ramirez, who was very close to Walter and his ex-wife Filomena, said that he was an amazing and wonderful person. “Our kids were similar in age, and we would always talk about our children when we drove in to work together on Sundays,” she recalled. “I will miss him so much. I can’t believe he is gone now.”

Walter’s oldest daughter, Susan, remembers her father as being a very hard worker, and being incredibly gentle, loving, kind and caring. “He lived for the family. He had four children and two grandchildren and he was always there for us,” she said. “He was really into family get-togethers, especially our annual vacation to Wildwood, NJ. He was just so happy to be surrounded by his whole family.”

Walter is survived by his ex-wife Filomena, his two daughters, Susan and Cynthia, his sons, Walter, Jr. and Joseph, and his two grandchildren, Katrina and Thor.