Thomas (Tom) P. Welch, Jr., 88, of Manchester, formerly of Dudley, MA, passed away on March 13th, 2022. Following a brief illness, he passed away peacefully surrounded by his family and good friend.
Tom was born and raised in Southbridge, MA. He graduated from Southbridge (Wells) High and attended University of Maine at Oreno for 2 years, before enlisting in the US Navy during the Korean War.
Tom was married to Joan (Sinon) Welch in 1981 for many happy years.
Tom worked as an Inspection Foreman for Pratt and Whitney for 35 plus years. Tom enjoyed woodworking and was a lifelong Red Sox fan and a loyal New England Patriot ticket holder. Tom was also actively involved as a member of the British American Club of Manchester CT, where he enjoyed playing darts and being with his buddies.
Tom is survived by wife Joan Welch, daughter Donna Magowan and her husband Bill of Manchester, daughter Lynne Hamilton and her husband Paul of Windsor, daughter Renee Welch of Dudley, MA and daughter Tracy Moore and her husband Wayne of Lexington, KY; 8 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren, and many beloved nieces and nephews. His many friends, neighbors, B.A. buddies and his very good friends John and Chet.
Tom was preceded in death by his first wife, Lorraine (Rousseau) Welch, son Thomas P. Welch III, infant daughter Lisa Sharon Welch and his brothers William Welch, Donald Welch, and Richard (Dick) Welch, and his parents Thomas P. Welch, Sr. and Blanche (Love) Welch.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Saturday, March 19th at 10 am at St. Bridget Church in Manchester, CT. Burial will follow at St. Bridget Cemetery on Oakland St. Family and Friends may call on Friday, March 18th from 4-7 pm at the John F. Tierney Funeral Home in Manchester CT.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the Shriner’s Children’s Hospital of New England/Springfield, MA. The family of Thomas would like to thank the staff of the hospice unit at Manchester Memorial Hospital.