WELCH, Philip A. Aug. 20, 1940 - Aug. 18, 2014. Philip A. Welch passed away peacefully in Trinity, after a long courageous battle with cancer. Phil is the son of the late Jane and Harold T. Welch Jr. He was raised in Columbus, OH by his grandparents, Ruth and Harold T. Welch Sr. He graduated from Columbus North High School and briefly attended The Ohio State University where his love for the Buckeyes began before moving his young family to Michigan embarking on a successful career in sales. Working for Levi Strauss, London Fog and Valeo, Phil's career took him to Chicago, St. Louis, Kansas City, Milwaukee and finally retiring to his favorite city in 2009, Tampa. Through it all, Phil never met a stranger. His warm spirit and ease of conversation allowed him to become friends instantly with anyone. Phil married his high school sweetheart, Patricia Strait, in 1959 and enjoyed a loving 54 year relationship where the two were inseparable. He had three children, Lori (Pete) Redell, Linda (Bob) Rosso and Dan (Jessica) Welch; seven grandchildren, Tony, Jordan, Jack, Tyler, Jake, Luke and Nick. Phil's passions were his family, his love of books and watching sports or a heated political debate program. His weekly phone conversations with his kids and grandchildren will be sorely missed. Each of us felt like we had our very own life coach helping us through the joyous and difficult times. Rest in peace, our loving husband, father and grandfather.
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Published in the Tampa Bay Times on Aug. 24, 2014