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Albert E. WELCH Jr.

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Albert E. WELCH Jr. Obituary

Albert E. Welch, Jr., 97 of South Orleans, MA died at his home Friday, (February 21, 2014). He was the husband of the late Mary (Kenyon) Welch, who died in 2005. They were married for 62 years. Born in New Brunswick, NJ, Mr. Welch was raised in New York City, and Willimantic, CT. He graduated from Windham High School in Willimantic. In 1933 he began working for the American Thread Co. In 1936, he became a merchant marine deck cadet with the Panama-Pacific Line and the American-South African Line. He then returned to the American Thread Co. before beginning a career in banking with the Hartford-Connecticut Trust Co. where he served as a messenger, bookkeeper, IBM proof machine operator and spare teller. Mr. Welch served in the U.S. Marine Corps during World War II. His assignments included time at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, Quantico, VA where he was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in 1942, in the south Pacific on Samoa, New Caledonia, Guadalcanal and the two Russell Islands of the Solomon Islands. He also participated in the Bougainville amphibious operation as a coding officer with the Signal Battalion, Corps Headquarters, Third Marine Amphibious Corps, where he became a First Lieutenant and was in charge of classified documents, including battle plans and coding information with the Division Headquarters, First Marine Division participating in the invasions of Peleliu and Okinawa. He was honorably discharged in 1945. A resident of Manchester and Ellington, CT for many years, Mr. Welch was an active member of the Ellington Congregational Church, the Exchange Club of Rockville, and the Connecticut Safe Deposit Association, of which he was president in 1960. Mr. Welch moved to South Orleans, MA in 1968 to a home he had purchased in 1959. He became associated with Cape Cod Bank and Trust in Orleans and the First National Bank of Yarmouth in Yarmouthport, MA. He also spent several years as a consultant in accounting. A descendant of the Mayflower, Mr. Welch was a member of the Cape Cod Genealogical Society. He was also a member of the Church of the Holy Spirit in Orleans, the Orleans Coffee Club, and a member of Captains Golf Club in Brewster, MA and the Orleans Yacht Club. He enjoyed walking, reading or viewing historical themes, writing doggerel verses, and fashioning greeting cards for family and friends. Mr. Welch is survived by three daughters, Anne H. Carron and her husband Mark of South Orleans, MA, Susan W. Russell and her husband, William of Burnham, ME, and Jane T. Polay of Lowell; four grandchildren; and nine great grandchildren. A memorial service will be held in the spring. As an expression of sympathy, the family requests that you thank a veteran. Arrangements by Hallett Funeral Home, South Yarmouth, MA www.hallettfuneralhome.com.

Published in The Hartford Courant on Feb. 23, 2014
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