David Wilcox Welles
1936 - 2021
BORN
1936
DIED
2021
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.
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I am sorry to hear about Dave´s passing. Dave was my first company commander at Fort Schuyler. We met many years later at the RCYC and shared many a laugh about our years at Fort Schuyler. Dave did a hilarious impression of the unforgettable Captain Olivet that still brings a smile to my face. Warmest condolences to Peggy and the family.
Walter Dooley
November 23, 2021
Sorry to hear of Dave's passing. We graduated together in 1953 and it was good to see and talk to him at our 50th reunion. God bless.
Ed Werner, Winter Park , Fl.
November 17, 2021
It has been so many years past since our time in NDHS and 1953 graduation that our good times there is always remembered with you two together.Please accept my sincere sympathy upon his loss.
anthony (chick) juliano
School
November 17, 2021
I was very sad to learn of Dave's passing. My deepest condolences to Peg and his family. Dave and I shared four great years together at Fort Schuyler (SUNY Maritime College). He was a great classmate, shipmate and always a positive influence in any circumstance. Although we parted ways almost 65 years ago at graduation we maintained contact throughout those years sharing memories and current experiences, usually of a humorous nature. I will miss those encounters but they will be enduring pleasant memories. Rest in peace my old friend.
Jim McGovern
November 16, 2021
Very sorry to hear and offer my deepest condolences. I consider David to be a mentor when i joined J&H in 1988 as a recent maritime grad. To this day i refer to him and lessons learned frequently. I consider myself fortunate to have witnessed his mastery of our craft first hand and to have learned from it. Fair winds and following seas ......
patrick murphy
November 16, 2021
Dear Peggy, Please accept my heartfelt sympathy at the loss of David. He was an elegant gentleman who shall be sadly missed. My condolences to you and your family.
Grace Cafaro
Other
November 14, 2021
Dear Peggy and Family - So sorry to hear about Dave. What a Guy! What a Life! My thoughts and prayers are with you all.
Grace DeYoung Harris
Friend
November 14, 2021
Dear Peggy and family. My deepest sympathy for your your loss. Dave was a true gentleman with a wonderful sense of humor . Dave never feared the cold weather even loved BBQ ing in his shorts outside in the middle of winter. He took a lot of kidding for that. Lots of fond memories of our get togethers ! We also shared a birthday. Love. Joan
Joan Kechner
Other
November 14, 2021
Dear Peggy, I am sorry to read David's passing. Last time I saw him in early this summer in front of your house. I hope he rests in peace. See you always in Edinboro.
Roger Kim
Friend
November 13, 2021
We are so deeply saddened to hear of the loss of such a great gentleman. Our heartfelt condolences to Peggy and all of your family.
DebonAir and Ciris II
November 13, 2021
Dear Peggy so sorry for your loss. I´ll treasure the fond memories we shared at RCYC
Dona Larson
Friend
November 13, 2021
Sorry to hear of Dave´s passing. He was a friend of ours for many years at the Richmond County Yacht Club. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Peggy and their family.
Pete & Fran Mitchell
November 12, 2021
Peggy, I am so sorry to hear of your husband´s passing. I have many happy memories of how welcome you both made us feel at RCYC when we joined. Henry´s 32 now - we will keep you in our prayers.
Mary Podolak (Mertens)
Friend
November 12, 2021
Hi Peg, so sorry to read about David. Joe LiBassi
Joseph LiBassi
November 12, 2021
Dear Peggy, I'm sorry to hear of David's passing. Please extend my condolences to your children and their families.
Rosemarie Pilkington
Friend
November 12, 2021
Dear Peg, i am so sorry to read of David´s passing. Please accept my sincere sympathy. Many fond RCYC memories of you both.
Judy Fiore
Friend
November 11, 2021
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