Jan. 4, 1936 - Oct. 20, 2021 David Wilcox Welles, a retired senior insurance executive, died peacefully in his sleep at the Bluemont Sunrise home in Arlington, Virginia, in the early hours of 20 October. He was 85 years old. Born in Mystic, Connecticut, on January 4, 1936, to Thomas Welles and Virginia Borges, David moved to Staten Island with his family in 1946. He attended New Dorp High School where upon graduation, he matriculated at Fort Schuyler (now New York State University's Maritime College). Upon completion of his studies in 1957, David was commissioned as a Lieutenant in the US Navy, where he served on both coasts for 4 years. He remained an active alum of Fort Schuyler. In 1958 he married his high school sweetheart, Margaret (Peggy) Kelly, and after his military service settled back on Staten Island. He and his family lived on Lighthouse Hill since 1978. He joined Johnson & Higgins, a Wall Street firm, as a marine cargo insurance broker in 1962 and worked for them until his retirement as a Vice President in 1995. An avid sailor, he was a member – and past Commodore (twice) – of the Richmond County Yacht Club and owned several sailboats, the last being a 34' sloop, the EQUUSAIII. After retirement, David and his wife traveled extensively, including trips to Europe, wintering in Florida and Puerto Rico, and summers with family in Connecticut and sailing trips to New England. He was first and foremost a husband, father, and grandfather. He leaves behind Peggy Welles, his wife of 63 years. He was the beloved father of Mark Welles and his wife, Rebecca; Scott Welles, and his partner, Matthew Boles; and beloved grandfather of Rachel, Gideon, Aaron and Sarah Welles. He also leaves behind his sister, Diantha McMorrow. A Memorial Service will be held early in the new year; details to follow. In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made in his name to "The Class of 1957 Memorial Scholarship Fund". Donations can be mailed to: NYS Maritime College Alumni Association, 6 Pennyfield Ave., Bronx, New York 10465 .
Published by Staten Island Advance from Nov. 11 to Nov. 14, 2021.