The Rev. Donald Roderick Welles, Jr.
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The Rev. Donald Roderick Welles, Jr., age 79, was born peacefully into eternal life on June 16, 2014 at home surrounded by family. A native Delawarean, Rod attended Wilmington Friends School and graduated from the Hotchkiss School, Lakeville, CT. Rod received his B.A. from Yale University and his Master of Divinity from Episcopal Theological School in Cambridge, MA.
Following seminary, Rod taught English and religion at St. Paul's School in Concord, NH, after which he was head of the upper school of Portledge School in Locust Valley, NY. He also served as head of Sewanee Academy in Sewanee, TN and head of the Arlington Schools in College Park, GA. After returning to Wilmington, Rod worked first for Independent School Management and then for Friendship House, Inc.
Rod believed there were three essential relationships in life: one's relationship to God, one's relationship to other persons, and one's relationship to God's creation. Expressing these relationships was the hallmark of his ministry as a priest, as an educator, as a racism awareness trainer, and as a minister to the homeless.
Rod is survived by his beloved wife Sue of 40 years, his beloved children Kirsten and Rod III, and grandchildren August, Cameron, and Wyndham.
A memorial service of Jazz Vespers will be held at 5:00 p.m. on June 28, 2014 at the Episcopal Church of Saints Andrew and Matthew at 719 N. Shipley St., Wilmington, DE 19801.
Interment will be private.
In lieu of flowers, please send contributions to support jazz vespers at the Episcopal Church of Saints Andrew and Matthew Church at the above address, or to Friendship House, Inc., P.O. Box 1517, Wilmington, DE 19899, or to Camp Arrowhead, Episcopal Diocese of Delaware, 2020 Tatnall Street, Wilmington, DE 19802 or to Delaware Hospice at 16 Polly Drummond Center, 2nd Fl., Newark, DE 19711.
For online condolences, please visit, Chandler Funeral Homes & Crematory
Chandler Funeral Homes and Crematorium
2506 Concord Pike
Wilmington, DE 19803-9925
Published in The News Journal from June 20 to June 22, 2014