Richard Lee Welty

January 19, 1953January 6, 2021

Richard left peacefully on Wednesday, January 6th. He was just shy of his 68thbirthday. He was gregarious, easy going, kind, intelligent and self aware. He loved music and teaching; and had a gift for drawing his guitar, bass and ukelele students into the music.

His temper might spark on occasion, but he came back to the center easily. There his quiet strength sustained everyone around him. His humility was inspiring. He liked people, color, and animals. He was a die hard cat person and loved birds.

He could be anywhere, anytime and have a happy intimate 45 minute conversation with a stranger. He was not afraid to try for something that was worthwhile to his life; or that would enhance the life of a family member, friend or student.

He is survived by his wife Patricia; his son Eric and grandchildren Dylan, Ashley and Morgan; his sister Dona Woodhouse and her family, his sister Deborah Welty and children; his niece Nicole Latuszek and family; nephews Craig and Jason Welty and their families; and Toby the cat. We will miss his warm presence in our lives; and will see him in our minds each time we see or experience a familiar sight, sound or smell. We wish him peace on this new path.


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Steve Bourasa

January 18, 2021

I have known Richard for about 7 years and met him when I started taking guitar lessons. It didn't take long to realize that we had so many things in common. Over the years I saw him weekly and always looked forward to getting together. Our sessions usually were more talking than playing but I loved hearing his stories and learning from him. His vast knowledge of music was amazing. Not just the music, but his knowledge of music theory and the history behind music. He was a very kind man and loved life and everything about it. I thought one of the coolest things was that Richard had kind of adopted a family of racoons that lived behind his studio at Ozzie's music here in Poway. Over the years he would feed them and rescue them when they would get trapped in the dumpsters. And when the Pandemic hit Richard would take the time to drive all the way up to Poway from La Mesa just to feed them. I consider myself very fortunate to have known Richard. I am fortunate enough to have one of his old Bass guitars. A great way to remember a wonderful man.

Ira Sigal

January 17, 2021

I was a high school friend of Richard. We both attended Patrick Henry High School. He was a nice guy. I also enjoyed visiting with him and his wife at Patrick Henry High's Class of '71 high school reunions. I am really going to miss you Richard. My prayers are with Richard's wife and family. Another good guy gone to soon.

Ira Sigal

Rick Edgil

January 16, 2021

I met Richard when I started lessons about 10 years ago. But we soon realized how much we had in common in other areas of our lives. Sometimes lesson time ran long, as we sorted our (and the worlds) problems, but I always left feeling better, and a little better at music. Others have touched on how Richard went above and beyond in preparing lessons. It was not uncommon to get a couple emails a week, with sheet music and recordings of a song I had barely mentioned. Richard has a left a permanent, and positive impression on my life, and I do miss him.

John Folsom

January 14, 2021

I am so sad to hear of Richards passing. I decided to take up the bass guitar at age 69 and was blessed to find Richard as a teacher and friend. Always upbeat and encouraging to all ages. Along the line my Grandson Tanner and Nephew James were also his students.
Patricia, Richard often said you kept him on an even keel.
My heartfelt condolences go out to you and your family.
John Folsom

Mark Rhea

January 14, 2021

I was lucky enough to be a student and friend of Richard for the last five years or so. He was attentive and kind and went out of his way to help me learn my instrument. He made extra efforts to write and print music for some of my bandmates, and never seemed to get frustrated with my slow learning. He was fun to talk to, genuine, encouraging, and could not have been nicer or more generous with his time. I will surely miss music lessons and the conversation. Cheers to you Richard!

Jeff Larson

January 10, 2021

I will always be grateful that our student/teacher relationship became a friendship. Richard was kind, supportive and patient. I personally saw him take a special interest in his younger students. Always asking how school was or their Homelife. He helped many thru a tough time and was a comfort to all. I will miss our weekly fun very much. If we judge a life by the lives they touched, and the compassion offered to others, Richard lived to 100. Bless the family and I will see you again my friend. Well Done !

Linda Cantrell

January 9, 2021

My favorite memories are his love of music and the many hours spent with Bob recording. Bob really loved those times and always came back happier.

Steven Keeton

January 9, 2021

Richard and I were friends and band members and IBEW brothers together. We met nearly 50 years ago. He was a good man a very talented musician and the best bass player I ever shared the stage with. I will miss Richard RIP ... til we meet again ... God bless my friend
Steve Keeton

Patricia Welty

January 9, 2021

You gave me strength to be myself. You gave me unconditional love. Love Always, Your Pattie