Jackson Oliver Welsh

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Mr. Jackson Oliver Welsh, 91, of Topsfield, beloved husband of Barbara Lovewell (Grigg) Welsh, died peacefully July 26, surrounded by his loving family. Born in Frederick, Maryland, he was the son of the late Oliver Owings and Bernice (Buckingham) Welsh. He was raised and educated in Mt. Airy, Maryland and was a graduate of Mt. Airy High School. After high school, he joined the Navy, and was sent as a member of the V-12 Navy College Training Program to Middlebury College. He continued his education at Dartmouth College, graduating as a member of the Class of 1947. He later earned his M.B.A. at New York University. Mr. Welsh's early professional career included positions with both the General Electric Company and Clark-Dodge Incorporated, while living in New York and Ridgefield, CT. In the early 70's, after re-locating to Topsfield, MA, Jack along with his partners, founded Gannett, Welsh and Ives Inc., later to become Gannett, Welsh & Kotler (GW&K), an investment management firm in Boston. Jack was instrumental in forming the equity side of the company. He and his partners were on the forefront of municipal bond portfolio investments to individual and institutional clients. Professionally, Jack was known for his business acumen, his love of stock market research, and his sense of diplomacy, which established a strong foundation within the firm. A loving husband, father and grandfather, Jack was a resident of the Town of Topsfield for 52 years. He dedicated his life to his family, profession and community. He was a long time member of the Congregational Church of Topsfield and was a dedicated member of the Topsfield Planning Board. A gentleman in every sense of the word, Jack was an avid reader and had a love of history, classical music and opera that he shared with his family. He had a passion for gardening, sharing the bounty with neighbors and friends. He was proud of his weed-free, perfectly aligned rows of crops. Jack loved hiking in New Hampshire's White Mountains with his family, and was most proud of his last ascent on Mt. Washington at age 75. Jack enjoyed traveling with Barbara but was most happy returning to his home in Topsfield. Jack was giving of his time, knowledge and love throughout his life. He will be remembered as a trusted advisor, an honest and true friend and most importantly a dedicated husband, father and grandfather to his cherished family. Jackson is survived by his loving wife of 65 years, Barbara Lovewell (Grigg) Welsh of Topsfield, his children, Peter Welsh of Laguna Beach, CA, Susan Welsh and her husband Richard Mandelkorn of Lincoln, Sara Libby of Topsfield, Jane Ahern and her husband Patrick of San Diego, CA and Rebecca Welsh and her husband Christopher James of Dublin, N.H., his 6 grandchildren, Benjamin and Emily Libby, Alexandra and Jackson Mandelkorn and Elizabeth and Suzanna Ahern, his sister Rita Nikirk and her husband Harry of Mt. Airy, MD and several nieces and nephews. ARRANGEMENTS: Relatives and friends are invited to his Memorial Service which will be held in the Congregational Church of Topsfield, East Common St., Topsfield, Saturday, Sept. 17st at 11 A.M. Assisting the family with the arrangements is the Peterson-O'Donnell Funeral Home, 167 Maple St., (Rte 62) Danvers.



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Peterson-O'Donnell Funeral Home
167 Maple Street
Danvers, MA 01923
(978) 774-6600
Published in Carroll County Times on Aug. 5, 2016
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