OBITUARY

Thomas A Welch

August 6, 1935October 5, 2012

Welch, Thomas Allen, 77, a long time resident of Sudbury died on October 5, 2012. He leaves behind his beloved wife, Charlene, of 51 years. Born in Arlington, MA, he was the son of the late Leonard and Helen Welch, the brother of Leonard Walsh and wife Keiko of Torrance, CA, and the brother of Colleen Kirwan and her late husband James of Santa Clarita, CA.

Thomas is also survived by his seven children; Monica Hanlon and her husband Terrance of Chester, NH, T.C. Welch and his wife Margo of Hopkinton, MA, Diana Welch of Boxborough, MA, Stephanie Scordino and her husband Joseph of Alpharetta, GA, John Welch of Marlborough, MA, Donna Ferrara and her husband Joseph of Winthrop, MA, and Marcia Wallace and her husband Aaron of Plymouth, MA. He also leaves 23 grandchildren and numerous nieces, grandnieces, nephews, and grandnephews.

After graduating from Arlington High School, Tom was stationed in Germany while serving as a sergeant in the U.S. Army. He went on to graduate with honors from Boston College School of Management in 1961, received his MBA from University of Pittsburgh in 1962, and completed his Juris Doctor from Boston College Law School in 1966. Thomas began his career working at Gillette and other businesses in the Boston area. In 1969 he formed his own personnel consulting firm and in 1976 stepped in as Executive Director at M.O.I.S. in Natick. Founding SMS in 1980, he developed a successful national computer maintenance corporation eventually spreading across the United States in 25 offices. He retired in January of 2006.

Tom was active in the community serving on the Minuteman Voc Tech High School Committee and coached youth hockey for many years. He was a member of the Sudbury Minutemen, and enjoyed camaraderie with friends on the Old Timers Softball and Hockey teams in Sudbury. Thomas was a man of deep faith and enjoyed pilgrimages to many holy sites. A quiet benefactor of many, his works included the building of St. Francis Girl’s Secondary School in Kiptere, Kenya, the missions of the Congregation of the Sisters of Divine Mercy in Plock, Poland, and the development of The Way of the Cross at the National Shrine of Divine Mercy in Stockbridge, MA. Tom’s greatest joy in life was spending time with his bountiful family.

Thomas’ funeral will begin from the Duckett-J.S. Waterman & Sons Home of Memorial Tribute, 656 Boston Post Rd., Rt. 20, Sudbury, at 9 a.m. on Wed., Oct. 10, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. at Our Lady of Fatima Church, 160 Concord Rd., Sudbury, MA. Interment will follow in St. Michael Cemetery in Hudson. Visitation will be held on Tues., Oct. 9, from 4 to 8 p.m at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers Thomas requested that donations be sent in his memory to: The Campion Jesuit Community (for the care of the Jesuits), 319 Concord Road, Weston, MA 02493. To leave online condolences, please visit www.duckett-waterman.com.

Duckett-J.S. Waterman & Sons 978-443-5777 Sudbury www.duckett-waterman.com

Services

  • Visitation Tuesday, October 9, 2012
  • Funeral Service Wednesday, October 10, 2012
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Thomas A Welch

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Dorothy Sullivan

October 31, 2012

Tom was such a good and hard working man. He had a great spirit and will to live. He was a fighter to the end and a true inspiration. We were honored to care for him and his wonderful wife.

October 11, 2012

I am very sorry to hear the news about Tom. I too worked at sMs in Littleton for about 7-years. My condolences to his entire family.

Mark E. Lasoff, Watertown, MA.

MaryLou Nutting

October 11, 2012

I worked at SMS for 10 years, starting out in Berlin, MA and ending in Littleton, MA and had the upmost respect for him. I was saddened to hear that he had passed away without me being able to see him again. I moved to California to be near my family 12 years ago and often thought about how much he taught me during the years I worked at SMS. I will never forget him. My deepest condolences to the Welch Family. Sincerely, Mary Lou

Laura Santos

October 10, 2012

Mr. Welch was an incredible man in so many ways, and I am honored to have known him. He will always have a special place in my heart. I take comfort in knowing his faith will be rewarded in heaven. Prayers to his family...

Brandy Smith

October 9, 2012

As the days and weeks pass, and as you return to life's routine, may you continue to feel comforted by the love and support of family and friends. My thoughts and prayers are with you in this time of sorrow.

joe ciresi

October 9, 2012

to the welch family so sorry for your loss. carole and my prayers are with you

Fr. Richard Drabik, MIC

October 8, 2012

Blessings to you all. I shall never personally forget the couragious devotion of Tom and Charlene. The Way of the Cross shall be an Eternal Sign of their love of God, their Faith in Jesus, thier devotion to Mary and the great dedication to St. Faustina and the saving grace of the Message of Divine Mercy. St. Faustina came to take him home on her feast day October 5, 2012. May Tom enjoy the fullness of Glory in the Kingdom prepared for him and all those who believe as he did, always givng of great love to his wife and family and lending a loving hand to all in need.
My own love and prayers until we meet again.

Leonard Walsh

October 8, 2012

Those who live in the Lord never see each other for the last time.
From your loving brother Leonard, with grateful thanks for all the help you have given me.

Ray Doanhue

October 8, 2012

Tom Welch gave me an oporutity which lives on today, my famaily will never forget this, he gave me a chance where others thought I woud fail, thank you Tom

Stacey Brooks

October 7, 2012

Remembering Mr. Welch for his warmth, generosity, and great pride in his amazing family. Much love to you all.