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William D. "Bill" Welch
March 23, 1943 ~ October 23, 2023 (age 80) 80 Years Old
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William D. Welch, 80, of Brockton, died October 23, 2023. Born in Clinton, he was the son of the late William J. and Mary (Cannizzaro) Welch. Bill served in the U.S. Navy during the Vietnam War as a Radioman 3rd Class. He was a career truck driver for Yellow Freight and a member of Teamsters Union Local 653. After retirement Bill continued to keep busy working at Brennan’s Smoke Shop, Cary Hill Liquors, and other Carney entities, most recently as a demonstrator at Costco.
Bill had an infectious smile and was the most caring individual who made lasting connections to everyone he met. Bill was active right up until his recent illness. He loved dancing and playing pool, watching football and spending time with his family. He was a member of the Polish White Eagles and the Bertocci Club.
Bill was the beloved husband of Sheila M. (Silliphant) Welch for the past 28 years and the husband of the late Marilyn (Goodwin) Welch; together their blended family made Bill the loving father of Suzanne Kakouris and her husband Nick of New Hampshire, Michelle Oppenheim and her husband Alan of Taunton, William Welch Jr., Scott Silva Sr. and his wife Darlene of Brockton, Carrie MacKenzie and her husband John of Brockton; dear Grampy of Yanni, Niko, Alexi and Dimitri Kakouris, Janelle, Gabrielle and Isabelle Oppenheim, Nolan and Braedyn Welch, Scott Silva Jr. and Nicholas Gerstenkorn, and Christian Hathaway, Britney, Anthony and Alexandra MacKenzie; great-Grampy of Nicholas Gerstenkorn Jr.; brother of Sharon Wasserman, Joanne Woolford, Rosemary Miranda, Debbie Bittle and Karen Marshall; and an uncle of many nieces and nephews.
All are welcome to calling hours Sunday, Oct. 29th from 1-4 p.m. with a 4 p.m. prayer service at Waitt Funeral Home, 850 N. Main St., Brockton. Procession gathering at Waitt Funeral Home on Monday, Oct. 30th at 8:45 a.m., leaving at 9 a.m., for a 10:45 a.m. committal service with military honors at the Massachusetts National Cemetery in Bourne. In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to National Brain Tumor Society (https://braintumor.org/take-action/give/) or Susan G. Komen for the Cure (https://www.komen.org/).