In memory of
Robert E. Welch Jr.
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In memory of
Robert E. Welch Jr.
WENHAM, Mass. - Robert E. Welch Jr., 70, beloved husband of the late Phyllis L. (Simms) Welch, died Saturday, January 7, 2017, at the North Shore Medical Center, Salem Hospital, following a long illness. Born in Tulsa, Okla., he was the son of the late Robert E. Sr., and Hazel M. (Hall). He spent his youth in Portsmouth, New Hampshire and was a member of the First Methodist Church and sang in the youth choir. Bob was active in the Boy Scouts of America from an early age and earned the Eagle Scout and God and Country Awards. He graduated from Portsmouth High School, class of 1966, where he was active in the Car Club and was given the nickname, "Race". He later became certified as a machinist and worked as a machine operator in the small tool manufacturing industry. Bob and Phyllis lived in the Beverly –Wenham area. Later in life, Bob became an active member of Christ Church of Hamilton and Wenham, where he ushered and was involved in Bible Study classes. Bob met and fell in love with his wife Phyllis Williams, while he was recovering from hip replacement surgery. He was a devoted husband and loved his family. He was valued for his advice and mentorship, especially by his grandsons, nieces and nephews. Bob had a life-long love affair with hot rods, trains and gardening. His sister dubbed him "the old famah", as every spring he couldn't wait to get his seeds in the earth and watch his vegetables grow; all of which he gave to his community. He always appreciated fine clothes and to quote his grandson, "Gramps was a dapper dresser." But he was most admired among friends and family for his deep and abiding faith in and love of God. Surviving him are three step-daughters, Elizabeth Crean and her husband, Thomas of Beverly, Gloria Brady of North Andover and Georgia Caccese and her husband, Arthur of Chesapeake, Va., seven grandchildren, Lauren N. Caccese, Nicholas Caccese, Keith and Brad Brady, Greg, Jon and Jeff Crean, three great grandchildren, Julia and Hannah Caccese and Alex Brady, a sister, Joan Portman and her husband, Ronald of Washington Crossing, Pa., two nieces, Wendi Fried and her husband, Giora and Shayna Portman, a nephew, Zack Portman and his wife, Carli, grand nephews, Nadav Fried, Yonatan Fried, Rafael Fried and Benjamin Portman, cousins, Bruce Banks and Karen Falb. SERVICES: His life will be celebrated at the Campbell Funeral Home, 525 Cabot St., Beverly, Wednesday, January 11, 2017, at 1 p.m. Relatives and friends are invited to attend. A visiting hour will be held prior to the service on Wednesday, from 12-1 p.m. Burial in the Puritan Lawn Memorial Park, West Peabody. Contributions may be made in his memory to the Harbor Light Community Partners, 283 Elliott St., Beverly, Mass., 01915 or to Christ Church of Hamilton and Wenham, 149 Asbury St., South Hamilton, Mass., 01982. Information, directions, condolences at www.campbellfuneral.com .
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In memory of
Robert E. Welch Jr.
WENHAM, Mass. - Robert E. Welch Jr., 70, beloved husband of the late Phyllis L. (Simms) Welch, died Saturday, January 7, 2017, at the North Shore Medical Center, Salem Hospital, following a long illness. Born in Tulsa, Okla., he was the son of the late Robert E. Sr., and Hazel M. (Hall). He spent his youth in Portsmouth, New Hampshire and was a member of the First Methodist Church and sang in the youth choir. Bob was active in the Boy Scouts of America from an early age and earned the Eagle Scout and God and Country Awards. He graduated from Portsmouth High School, class of 1966, where he was active in the Car Club and was given the nickname, "Race". He later became certified as a machinist and worked as a machine operator in the small tool manufacturing industry. Bob and Phyllis lived in the Beverly –Wenham area. Later in life, Bob became an active member of Christ Church of Hamilton and Wenham, where he ushered and was involved in Bible Study classes. Bob met and fell in love with his wife Phyllis Williams, while he was recovering from hip replacement surgery. He was a devoted husband and loved his family. He was valued for his advice and mentorship, especially by his grandsons, nieces and nephews. Bob had a life-long love affair with hot rods, trains and gardening. His sister dubbed him "the old famah", as every spring he couldn't wait to get his seeds in the earth and watch his vegetables grow; all of which he gave to his community. He always appreciated fine clothes and to quote his grandson, "Gramps was a dapper dresser." But he was most admired among friends and family for his deep and abiding faith in and love of God. Surviving him are three step-daughters, Elizabeth Crean and her husband, Thomas of Beverly, Gloria Brady of North Andover and Georgia Caccese and her husband, Arthur of Chesapeake, Va., seven grandchildren, Lauren N. Caccese, Nicholas Caccese, Keith and Brad Brady, Greg, Jon and Jeff Crean, three great grandchildren, Julia and Hannah Caccese and Alex Brady, a sister, Joan Portman and her husband, Ronald of Washington Crossing, Pa., two nieces, Wendi Fried and her husband, Giora and Shayna Portman, a nephew, Zack Portman and his wife, Carli, grand nephews, Nadav Fried, Yonatan Fried, Rafael Fried and Benjamin Portman, cousins, Bruce Banks and Karen Falb. SERVICES: His life will be celebrated at the Campbell Funeral Home, 525 Cabot St., Beverly, Wednesday, January 11, 2017, at 1 p.m. Relatives and friends are invited to attend. A visiting hour will be held prior to the service on Wednesday, from 12-1 p.m. Burial in the Puritan Lawn Memorial Park, West Peabody. Contributions may be made in his memory to the Harbor Light Community Partners, 283 Elliott St., Beverly, Mass., 01915 or to Christ Church of Hamilton and Wenham, 149 Asbury St., South Hamilton, Mass., 01982. Information, directions, condolences at www.campbellfuneral.com .
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