PALM COAST, Fla. – William Walton Welch Jr., 79, passed away Sept. 8, 2013, after a valiant two year battle with cancer. He was born Feb. 17, 1934, in Norwood, Mass., to the late William W. and Doris Florence Lucy (Dunn) Welch.
He graduated from Sharon High School, Elon College in North Carolina; attended Bangor Theological Seminary in Bangor and was ordained as a Lay Minster in the United Church of Christ. However, he found his ministry lay in working with emotionally disturbed young people at the high school level. He served in the U.S. Army Reserves. He married his loving wife Edna Morton in Roslindale, Mass., in 1955. He received his Master’s Degree from Lesley College in Massachusetts. He worked in Maine for two years then came to Newburyport, Mass., where he taught for eight years before leaving to work in Lexington, Mass., where he taught for over 20 years at Lexington High School, William served as president of the Lexington Teachers Association on three different occasions during his time in Lexington. Working closely with the Lexington School Committee he helped develop a win/win type of negotiations for teacher contracts which was to the benefit of all the children in Lexington. He served many years as an elected town meeting member in Lexington. His great love was the outdoors and for over 20 years he served as a volunteer ranger in the Olympic National Park in Washington. His hobbies were many, gardening being his great delight. The Roach River in Greenville, was a favorite spot for fishing, hiking, canoeing, tying flies, and photography and he found it to be the ideal spot for self renewal.
He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Edna; children, William and Patricia Welch of Hudson, Mass., and Christopher Welch of Greenville; half brother, Alvin and Paula Dunn of Depoe Bay, Ore.; brothers, Edward and Nancy Welch of Sharon, Mass.., Robert and June Welch of Texas, Walter and Pat Welch of Deland, Fla., and Francis and Pat Welch of Spring Hill, Fla; sister, Lucille Carter of Edgewater, Fla.; grandchildren, William A. Welch of Saint Simons Island, Ga., Peter J. Welch of Hudson, Mass., and Andrew D. Welch of Hudson, Mass.; many nieces and nephews; and his beloved scottie, companion and friend, Cocoa Colata.
In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory may be made to the charity of your choice or caringbbridge.org. A memorial service will be held 11 a.m. Monday, Nov. 4, at Plantation Oaks Clubhouse, Flagler Beach, Fla. Arrangements are in the care and trust of Craig-Flagler Palms Funeral Home. For online condolences go to online obituaries at