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“RIP my friend. We had some of the best times growing up that I will never forget. Sending you hugs ”
1 of 8 | Posted by: Linda Hendry-Breden - Dover, NH

“From all of Dougs colleagues in China and the hundreds of students that he taught over the years, we send thoughts and prayers to his family. He will...Read More »
2 of 8 | Posted by: David Scott - friend

“Sending prayers,love and hugs to Karen and the family...So saddened to hear about Doug... ”
3 of 8 | Posted by: Audrey (Goss)Nyberg - Va Beach, VA

“Karen, Alexis, Brian and families. Our deepest sympathies to you all. I always enjoyed Doug and his sense of humor. We hope you can all find comfort...Read More »
4 of 8 | Posted by: Marc Lindblom - Omaha, NE

“Sanford and I want to give you or sincere condolences. Our hearts and thoughts are with you, Karen, and the family at this difficult time. ”
5 of 8 | Posted by: Liz Flesher - LEESBURG, FL

“Our deepest condolences to Karen, Alexis, Brian and all family members. So very sorry for your loss. RIP Doug. ”
6 of 8 | Posted by: Susan Farese - San Diego, CA

“My prayers are with my best friend Karen May he RIP ”
7 of 8 | Posted by: June Peterson - Wakefield, MA

“The Gately Family and Staff wish to express our sincere sympathy to you. It is our hope that we may be able to make a difficult time more bearable....Read More »
8 of 8 | Posted by: John W. Gately, John H. Gately & Fred Sprague - MA


Charles Douglas Welch passed away suddenly at his home in Melrose, on Wednesday, October 10, 2018. He was 67 years of age. Charles was born in Winchester to the late George & Lois (Gill- Hogan) Welch. He was raised in Wakefield, graduated from Wakefield High School, Class of 1969. Mr. Welch received his Bachelor's in Education from Southwest Missouri State University. Charles traveled extensively with his wife Karen who served her country with pride for over 20 years in the US Army. He taught school in Missouri, Alaska, and Kasaxstan and for over 8 years in Dalian, China which he just recently had returned from. He was a 3rd Degree Mason in the Wakefield Masonic Lodge, was a Past Master Councilor and a Chevalier recipient for Demolay in the Masons. He loved to travel, lived in Salem, MA; Newport News, VA; Marina, California; Fort Riley, Kansas; Alaska, Buffalo, Missouri; and has lived in Melrose since 2004. Mr. Welch enjoyed performing in Community Theater in Reading & Marblehead and had a wonderful sense of humor. He also worked as a professional clown over the years. Charles was the beloved husband of Karen T. (Petrino) Welch of Melrose. Loving father of Alexis Henshaw & her husband Donald of CA and Brian Welch & his wife Jeanette of Missouri. Cherished grandfather of Hailey, Brandon, Tyler, Gabriel, Mackenzie, London and Carl. Caring brother of Pixie Scharn, Tina Curless, Buddy Welch and the late Deborah Bartnick. Also survived by many nieces, nephews, students and friends. A Memorial service will be held at the United Church of Christ Congregational, 6 Lexington St., Burlington, MA 01807 on Monday, October 22, 2018 at 10:30am

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Monday, October 22
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United Church of Christ Congregational

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