Donald R. Welch
1935 ∼ 2018
Donald R. Welch, of Marstons Mills passed away on April 7, 2018. He was the beloved husband of the late Dorothy Welch for 52 years.
Donald lived a meaningful and rich life and left behind many friends and family. He is survived by his children Patrick Welch, Kathleen Welch, Bridget (Welch) Pantaleo, Michael Welch, and son-in-law Andrew Pantaleo and his grandchildren Bridget, Kevin, William, Colleen, Cate, Peter, and Nicholas as well as one great grandchild Myles.
Born in Springfield, Massachusetts, Don was raised by the late Mary Welch and John Welch. He met his future wife and friend for life in high school. He graduated from American International College with a degree in Business and on October 26, 1957 Donald and Dorothy were married.
Donald had a long and successful career in retail working for Sears & Roebuck, Co. for 37 years. He also worked as a regional sales manager for Simmons Beauty Rest. Donald and Dorothy realized their lifelong dream of retiring in beautiful Marstons Mills located near Mystic Lake.
Donald will always be remembered as a man with a big heart and a generous spirit. First and foremost, he loved his wife, his children and his extended family. In addition to being a dedicated husband and father, he was a successful business man, a Yankee fan, a Villanova and Seton Hall basketball fan, and a NY Giants fan (until he became a Patriots fan). He also loved to ride his bike along the stunning bicycle trails in Cape Cod. Donald was an avid reader and loved novels about American history. He was also a huge fan of all things Disney.
Donald will be fondly remembered for living his life with love and compassion for others, for his kindness and for always putting his family first. Donald was deeply loved by his late wife and his extended family and all of us will deeply miss him.
Visiting hours will be from 9:30 am to 10:30 am on Thursday, April 12, 2018 in the John-Lawrence Funeral Home, 3778 Falmouth Road (Route 28), Marstons Mills. A funeral mass will be celebrated at 11:30 am on Thursday, April 12th in Our Lady of Victory Church, 230 S. Main St., Centerville. Burial will follow in St. Francis Xavier Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.pdf.org.