Patrick's Story

AUGUSTA - Patrick Edward Welch passed away on November 28th, 2014 at Maine General Medical Center in Augusta Maine. He was surrounded by family as he fought the last great battle of his life and the first which his amazing spirit and determination were unable to win. "Pat" was born December 15, 1940 and grew up in Bangor Maine, the second of five children born to Raymond and Florence McCann Welch. He attended Bangor parochial schools and, upon graduation from John Bapst high school, Pat went to work for the Maine State Department of Transportation. He later worked for the states Parks and Recreation Department and then for a number of years the City of Portland in Traffic Engineering. Pat finished his work life partnering with his brother John, managing one of two Welch's fine Wines and Tabaco shops in Bangor and Belfast. The store is where customers would stop by to purchase hard to find goods and have engaging conversations.

Pat's life, above everything else, stands as a testimony to the grace of God and the power of human spirit. He left a lasting and memorable impression on each person he met through his infectious humor, intelligence and strength of will. He was a unique man who had more than his fair share of battles to fight. He acknowledged help along the way, both in his physical and personal challenges, but in the end, it was his own determination to be happy and to be relevant to his family and friends that prevailed.

In the past year, Pat moved back to the Augusta area to be near his two sons and to get more acquainted with his two granddaughters. This was the period of his life he considered the happiest and most fulfilling despite his serious health problems. He handled his health issues with grace and optimism, in fact, on the eve of his death looking forward to "getting out of here" so he could continue pursuing a long planned trip to the Dominican Republic with son Ryan and also of course to watch the Patriots game on Sunday. Pat left us with a strong appreciation of the many and varied manifestations of courage and success.

The family would like to thank Dr. Briso and the critical care staff at Maine General Medical Center for their kindness and support during Pat's brief hospital stay. We would like to thank Pat's many friends at the Margret Chase Smith apartments for their kindness and concern.

Pat is survived by his son, Patrick and his wife Kerry, granddaughters Lily and Caroline of Readfield and son Ryan of Manchester, ex-wife Diane or Manchester, brother John and wife Julie of Orrington, sisters Mary Goolsby and husband David of Howland, Ellen Beerits and husband Christopher of Alna, and many nephews and nieces. He was predeceased by his older brother Raymond Welch and wife Leslie.

In lieu of flowers a contribution may be made to the American Cancer Society or the Maine Lung Association.
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