Harry Michael Welsh
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MANSFIELD: Harry Michael Welsh, 72, of Mansfield passed away at Brookdale Senior Living - Trillium Place in Columbus, Ohio on July 18, 2014 after a brief, courageous battle with brain cancer.
Harry was born on August 30, 1941 in Toledo, Ohio to Edith Ann Weidner Welsh and Robert Francis Welsh, Sr. Harry was a member of St. Louis Catholic Church and attended St. Louis Elementary School. Harry graduated high school as the inaugural four-year class at St. Francis de Sales High School in Toledo in 1959.
Harry joined the Pi Kappa Phi Fraternity in 1960 and received a Bachelor of Arts Degree, Cum Laude, from the University of Toledo in 1963. He earned a Doctor of Jurisprudence from the University of Toledo College of Law, Magna Cum Laude, in 1966. At the time Harry passed the Bar, he had the highest score in the State of Ohio. Harry was admitted to the Supreme Court of Ohio on October 19, 1966. He earned a Masters of Law degree from the University of Michigan in 1967.
Harry began his career as assistant Professor of Law at The University of Tennessee, College of Law - Knoxville before relocating to Mansfield, Ohio in 1971. Harry served as Richland County Assistant Prosecuting Attorney from 1971-1980.
In 1979, Harry partnered with the late William F. McKee, J. Roger Renwick, James D. Henson and Jon K. Burton, and established what eventually became the law firm of Renwick, Welsh and Burton. Harry served as a practicing partner in the firm for the past 35 years with long-term roles including the Law Director for the Villages of Lexington and Crestline and Solicitor for the City of Ontario.
Harry was a member of the Ohio State Bar Association, the Richland County Bar Association, served as past Chairman and remained an active member of the Bar's Grievance Committee. Harry was also a member of the Ohio School Board Attorney's Association.
Harry was a nationally rated AV Attorney by the Martindale-Hubbell Rating System. An AV rating reflects an attorney who has reached the heights of professional excellence and is recognized for the highest levels of skill and integrity. This peer recognition is derived from the confidential opinions from members of the Bar, including judges.
Harry married Cheryl Anne Bisceglia on June 6, 1970 at John XXIII Catholic Center on the campus of The University of Tennessee - Knoxville. He and Cheryl settled in Mansfield in 1971 where they had three children. Harry was an active member of the Woodland Swim & Tennis Club and a supporter of the Mansfield Symphony Orchestra.
Harry was a faithful member of Saint Peter's Catholic Church in Mansfield where he was a former lector and also served in a legal advisory capacity with the late Bishop James Hoffman of the Diocese of Toledo.
Activities that Harry enjoyed were reading, walking, tennis, biking, and doing Sudoku puzzles. He had a fondness for open water and enjoyed travel - going on vacations, cruises and visiting family. A recent highlight was the celebration of Harry & Cheryl's 41st wedding anniversary with all his children and grandchildren at the Beaches resort on Turks & Caicos.
One of Harry's favorite quotes was "I do the very best I know how - the very best I can; and I mean to keep on doing so until the end." - Abraham Lincoln.
Harry is survived by his wife of forty-four years, Cheryl Anne Bisceglia Welsh of Mansfield, Ohio; his children, Michael Anthony Welsh and Laura "Lori" Elaine Carr Welsh of Dublin, Ohio, Kevin Robert Welsh and Arianne Marissa Giessel Welsh of Mission Viejo, California, and Anne Marie Welsh Coelen and Seth James Coelen of Los Angeles, California.
His Grandchildren, Brandon Scott Welsh and Connor Anthony Welsh; Bella Milan Welsh and Roman Maximus Welsh; Mila Rose Coelen and Meadow Harriet Coelen, Goddaughter and namesake, born June 17, 2014.
Harry is also survived by his younger brother John "Jack" Thomas Welsh and his wife Betsy, and sister-in-law Peggy Welsh all of Oregon, Ohio; numerous nieces and nephews and Godchildren Cassie Welsh Koch, Joseph Gibney and Sarah Taylor Warren.
Harry is preceded in death by his parents, his wife's parents Mary Rose and Anthony Bisceglia, sister Patricia Ann Welsh and brother Robert F. Welsh, Jr., and nephews Jay Trevor Welsh and Anthony Joseph Bisceglia.
Prior to calling hours, a vigil service will be conducted by Reverend Father Jeremy Miller at 1:45 PM on Tuesday, July 22, 2014 in the Herlihy-Chambers Funeral Home, 173 Park Avenue West, Mansfield, Ohio. The family will receive friends from 2-4 PM and 6-8 PM.
A Mass of Christian Burial officiated by the Reverend Father Gregory R. Hite will be held at 10 AM on Wednesday July 23, 2014 at Saint Peter's Catholic Church, 54 S. Mulberry St. in Mansfield. Burial will follow in Mansfield Catholic Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to Saint Peter's Catholic Church or the Mansfield Symphony Orchestra.
Herlihy-Chambers Funeral Home
173 Park Ave W
Mansfield, OH 44902
Published in the News Journal from July 19 to July 22, 2014