EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA

April 23, 2013

Gerald "Jerry" Francis Welch, 77

Thomasville, NC — Jerry’s battle with Leukemia ended April 17, 2013, with his loving wife at his side. He was born in Lawrence, Mass., to the late Joseph and Mary Welch. He attended Lawrence schools and graduated in 1954 from Central Catholic. He attended Merrimack College and Northeastern University. In the mid-1950s he served as Coast Guard in the National Guards.

He spent his last year working for Dell Corporation, Winston-Salem, N.C., as the Department Head of Security. Previously, he was employed by Western Electric/AT&T for 22 years; Limitorque Corporation for five years; and MTS Systems in 2002. In the late 1970s through early 1980s, he served as the Selectman for Londonderry, N.H., and also served as a Police Officer before moving to North Carolina.

Jerry loved spending time with loving wife, family, and friends. He loved to work in his yard and care for his gardens. He loved traveling the coasts of New Hampshire and North Carolina for fresh seafood. He will be remembered for his strong work ethic, sense of humor, pranks, his adventurous spirit, and his courage to live life fully to the end.

He was predeceased by his brother, Joseph, and his wife, Sally. He is survived by his beloved wife, Linda Allen Welch of Thomasville, N.C.; his children, Gerald of Goffstown, N.H., Karen Boulware of Austin, Texas, Michael and his wife, Kelly, of Windham, N.H., Brian and his wife, Beth, of East Longmeadow, Mass., Colleen “Cole” of North Hampton, N.H., Shawn and his wife, Teresa, of Burlington, N.C., Kevin and his wife, Susan, of Burlington, N.C., Tracey Campbell and her husband, David, of Cary, N.C.; and step-children, Jamie Gourley and Michelle Norman, both of North Carolina. He is also survived by his brother, John, and his wife, Regina, of Amherst, N.H., and previous wife and life-long friends, Carolyn (Mailhot) and Harold of North Hampton, N.H. He also leaves several nieces and nephews, 22 grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren.

ARRANGEMENTS: Family and friends are invited to a celebration of his life on Friday, May 3, from 4 to 8 p.m. at 157 Donald St., Goffstown, NH.