Thomas M. Welch

Thomas M. Welch, 68, of Rutland died Thursday, Dec. 6, 2012, at Hackett Hill Health Care Center in Manchester, N.H.

He was born July 20, 1944, the son of John J. and Yolanda (Bove) Welch.

Tom was a graduate and co-valedictorian of Mount Saint Joseph Academy, Class of 1962. While at MSJ, Tom earned countless academic awards, served as class president, was student manager for the football and basketball teams, played Varsity baseball, and wrote the "Around the Mount" sports column for the Rutland Herald.

He received his A.B. degree in 1966 from Harvard College, with a major in English and earned his J.D. degree from Western New England School of Law in Springfield, MA, in 1975.

Thomas taught school for several years, including at Pine Point School in Stonington, CT, and in the public school system in Chicago, IL. He went on to become an Insurance Analyst with The Travelers Insurance Company in New York City, before returning to work in the insurance industry in Rutland.

Surviving are two brothers, Attorney John J. Welch, Jr. of Rutland and Peter E. Welch and his wife Kerrilyn of Cape Elizabeth, Maine; two sisters, Mary Ann Ericson and her husband Kent of Manchester, N.H., and Johanna Julie Welch of So. Portland, Maine. He is also survived by several nieces and nephews.

Tom was a voracious reader with a wide-ranging interest in literature, poetry, history and government. He was fascinated with the ancient culture of China, and loved Chinese food. Tom had a lifelong interest in the Boston Red Sox. His love of baseball began with his pitching in the "Mighty Mites" and the Rutland City Little League in the 1950s, and continued through his remarkable pitching on the MSJ Varsity team. He loved politics, followed political news avidly, and enjoyed discussing politics with his family.

Visiting hours will be held Monday, Dec. 10, from 4 to 7 p.m. at Clifford Funeral Home in Rutland.

Funeral services will be held Tuesday, Dec. 11, at 11 a.m. at Christ the King Church in Rutland.

Officiating will be the Rev. James Dodson, Parochial Vicar. A reception will follow.

Private burial will be in Calvary Cemetery.

Contributions may be made to The Development Fund of Mount Saint Joseph Academy, the , the National Alliance for Mental Illness, or to the . Contributions may be sent in care of the Clifford Funeral Home, 2 Washington St., Rutland, VT 05701.

On behalf of Tom, his family wishes to express its gratitude to the staff at Hackett Hill Health Care Center for the respect and wonderful care Tom received from them.

Published in Rutland Herald from Dec. 7 to Dec. 8, 2012