Joseph C. Welch

Joseph C. Welch of Seekonk, MA died on June 29th, 2021 at the age of 76.  He was the son of Clayton J. & Marie R. Welch (Murphy) of Pawtucket.  He was married to his wife Marcia Welch (Hickey) for 48 years.

Joe served in the Navy during the Vietnam War.  He was a graduate of St. Francis College and held two graduate degrees from Rhode Island College.  He was a member of the Board of Directors for the Propeller Club of Narragansett Bay and a former member of the Northeast Midget Association.

Joe had two professional careers.  As an educator he taught at Peter Thacher Middle School in Attleboro, MA, and later as teacher and administrator at Kickemuit Middle School in Warren, RI.  He was also a USCG Licensed Merchant Marine Officer.   He captained the BAY QUEEN vessels for Blount Marine Corporation and the M/V NELSECO for the Block Island Ferry’s Providence-Newport-Block Island service.

Besides his wife, Marcia, he leaves behind his brother, Kenneth Welch of East Wallingford, VT and four children: James Welch and his wife Elizabeth of Riverside, RI; Neil Welch of Atlanta, GA; Patricia McGee and her husband Frank of North Kingstown, RI; and Robert Welch and his wife Kaylin of Henrico, VA.  Joe has ten grandchildren: Caroline and Clayton Welch of Riverside, RI; Jack, Andrew, and Olivia Welch of Atlanta, GA; Frank and Thomas McGee of North Kingstown, RI; and Cole, Leighton, and Hartlee Welch of Henrico, VA.

Calling hours will be held on Wednesday, July 14th from 5-7 pm in the  Perry-McStay Funeral Home, 2555 Pawtucket Avenue, East Providence, RI. His funeral and burial will be private. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Joe’s name to the Polycystic Kidney Foundation at


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6 entries.
Joe Delude from Port Charlotte Fl wrote on August 3, 2021 at 1:39 pm
Marsha and family, So sorry to hear of Joe’s passing. Always provided a smile and a friendly hello…. Thoughts and prayers to all
Kenneth Cabral from Norton wrote on August 2, 2021 at 10:28 am
Just learned of Joe's passing. My deepest condolences to Marsha and other family members. I'm certain that he will be missed dearly.
Brian McCabe from N Scituate,RI wrote on July 21, 2021 at 5:54 pm
Joe was my roommate at Beth Isreal Deconness Hospital Boston.December 7-14 1994.Kidney Transplant.
Larry Walinski from Rumford, RI wrote on July 15, 2021 at 4:27 pm
Marcia, So sorry to hear of Joe’s passing. I enjoyed teaching with Joe in our early years at Peter Thacher Middle School. I will light a candle at LaSallete in his name on my next visit there. Take care, Larry Walinski
Maureen and Joe Martin from Punta Gorda, Florida wrote on July 13, 2021 at 5:44 pm
Dear Marsha and Family, Joe and I were deeply saddened to learn about Joe's passing. It has been many years since we were next door neighbors, but we have fond memories of those days and our friendship with you and Joe and your children. His was definitely a life well lived ,and we are sure he will be sadly missed. May your happy and funny memories give you strength and comfort through the days ahead. Maureen and Joe MARTIN and sons Kevin and Sean.
Patricia and Al Berard from Onset wrote on July 10, 2021 at 11:15 am
We will miss you Joe. At every summer party over the years , we always had such a great time, with you and Marcia. Above all we will always remember how devoted you were to your family, and how proud you were of each additional grand child to the family. Love Patty and Al . You always had very interesting anecdotes. You will always stay in our hearts.