William F. Welsh of Ridley Park, PA, died peacefully on Friday, April 23, 2021, at Delaware County Memorial Hospital in Upper Darby, PA. He was 79.
Born in Darby, PA, he was the son of the late Joseph C.J. and Marie F. Cash Welsh; father of the late Kellyanne Welsh, who died as an infant; and brother of the late Joseph Welsh, Richard Welsh, and Marie Welsh Stalford.
Bill was born in Darby and raised in Ridley Park, where he also lived for the past 30 years. He attended St. James School and later West Chester University, where he graduated with a bachelor’s degree in accounting. Prior to his years at West Chester, he proudly and honorably served in the United States Air Force as a medic. After graduating from West Chester, he worked for the City of Philadelphia as an accountant before having to retire due to a diagnosis of olivopontocerebellar ataxia, which he battled for the majority of his adult life. He loved the Phillies, suffered the Eagles, was a self-professed historian about all things Delaware County, and could have spent all of his days sitting on the deck of The Stockton Inn in Cape May, NJ, surrounded by his siblings with the occasional sip of Irish Mist or “Millers” Lite. Bill adored time spent with his children and grandchildren and will be remembered and sadly missed as a loving father and “Pop-Pop.”
He is survived by his four children, William F. Welsh and his wife, Beth, of Media, PA; Kathleen A. Degnan and her husband, Brian, of Swarthmore, PA; Michael G. Welsh and his wife, Virginia, of Phoenixville, PA; and Megan E. Welsh of Oreland, PA; and his seven grandchildren, Jack, Emma, Ella, Sophia, Lily, Danny, and Mae. He is also survived by his sisters Patricia Welsh Kearney of Springfield, PA, and Margaret Welsh Ellers, of Ridley Park, PA, as well as an abundance of nieces and nephews.
Relatives and friends are invited to attend his viewing on Thursday, April 29, 2021, from 9:30 AM until 11:00 AM at the Cavanagh Family Funeral Home, 301 Chester Pike, Norwood, PA. A private funeral service for immediate family members only will take place at 11:30 AM.
In lieu of flowers, contributions in his memory may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project at https://www.woundedwarriorproject.org/.
In keeping with public health standards for Covid-19, masks will be required of all those attending and social distancing will be followed.