Paul Welch

July 13, 2015

Paul Welch
U.S. Veteran

US Navy

World War II Veteran

PAUL WELCH – of Woburn, Monday, July 13th, Ret. MDC Police Officer. Beloved husband of Anna M. (Doherty) Welch. Devoted father of Diane M. Welch and her husband Stephen Rossi of Burlington, James P. Welch of Woburn, and Linda J. Welch and her husband Randy Cross of ME. Dear brother of Robert Welch and his wife Joan of Malden, and the late Ralph and Francis Welch and Joan Moore. Cherished “Pa” of Shane P. Welch of Burlington. Also survived by many loving nieces and nephews. Funeral from the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn on Friday, July 17th at 9:15 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in St. Anthony Church, 851 Main Street, Woburn at 10. Interment in Woodbrook Cemetery, Woburn. Relatives and friends are invited to call at the Funeral Home on Thursday from 5 to 8 p.m. Remembrances may be made in Paul’s memory to E.N. Rogers Memorial Veterans Hospital, Attn: GRECC Unit CD, 200 Springs Road, Bedford, MA 01730.

OBITUARY:

Paul Welch, a longtime Woburn resident, passed away Monday, July 13th at the Edith Norse Rogers Veteran’s Hospital in Bedford. The beloved husband of Anna M. (Doherty) Welch, he was eighty-eight years of age.

Born in Boston, he was one of five children born of the late William and Anna (Dougan) Welch. Raised and educated in Medford, he was a graduate of Medford High School, Class of 1945. Paul enlisted in the United States Navy and served his country as a Fireman First Class.

Upon his return home from the service he continued living in Medford and was active at St. Francis of Assisi Church. It was there that he met the love of his life! Anna was coaching the CYO softball and basketball teams, and Paul was the driver of the “bus” taking the teams to and fro. In 1954 they were married, made their home in Medford for seven years, and then moved to the “country side” in North Woburn, where they have remained over the years.

They brought three great children into the world, to whom Paul was devoted. He began working for the MDC Police Department where he remained until his retirement in 1991. Always a hard worker, he never refused a detail and was a fixture at Leverett Circle, every evening during the week!

An active member of the Irish American Club in Malden, Paul became a part of Kevin Barry Pipes and Drum Corps. He began by carrying the banner for the corps during parades, holidays and special events and rose to Drum Major, heading up the group! He was quite a drum man and played for many years, participating in all the events. He absolutely loved it!

Paul was a Bruins, Patriots and Red Sox fan from the get go! He always enjoyed the games with friends and family.

Paul and Anna travelled extensively throughout their fifty-four years. Many, many trips, though, to their most favorite country, Ireland. Anna’s family was from Ireland so the entire family had wonderful opportunities, sharing some pretty special times over the years.

Paul had been an active member of the Malden Irish American Club and the Woburn Elks, where he was chosen as “Elk of the Year.”

In addition to his parents, Paul was sadly predeceased by his siblings, Ralph and Francis Welch and Joan Moore.

He is lovingly survived by his wife, Anna; his children, Diane M. Welch and her husband Stephen Rossi of Burlington, James P. Welch of Woburn, and Linda J. Welch and her husband Randy Cross of ME; his brother, Robert Welch and his wife Joan of Malden; and his grandson, Shane P. Welch of Burlington; as well as many loving nieces and nephews.

Funeral from the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn on Friday, July 17th at 9:15 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in St. Anthony Church, 851 Main Street, Woburn at 10. Interment in Woodbrook Cemetery, Woburn. Relatives and friends are invited to call at the Funeral Home on Thursday from 5 to 8 p.m. Remembrances may be made in Paul’s memory to E.N. Rogers Memorial Veterans Hospital, Attn: GRECC Unit CD, 200 Springs Road, Bedford, MA 01730.

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  1. So sorry to hear of Paul’s passing.
    Our deepest condolences to the Welch Family
    From Monarch Homes of Woburn

  2. Eileen Lynch & family
    Dear Anna & family. We are so sorry for your loss. We
    have all lost a dear and loyal friend. For a long time he was a part of our family also. Our prayers are with you
    all. May he rest in peace.

  3. On behalf of the Retired Association of Metropolitan Police please accept our most heartfelt sympathies and deepest condolences for your loss…our thoughts and prayers are with family and friends during this difficult time.

  4. Ed O’Callaghan Jr.,
    I am sorry to hear of Paul’s death. What a great guy.
    He was very kind to me when I first became a piper in the Kevin Barry Irish-American Pipes & Drums. A family guy who loved his country. Rest in piece Drum Major, job well done.

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