December 5, 1944 – January 14, 2016
John J. Welsh, Jr. of Wallkill, NY, a lifetime area resident, peacefully entered into rest on Thursday, January 14, 2016 at Vassar Brothers Hospital, with his loving wife, Peggy by his side. He was 71.
Son of the late John J. Welsh Sr. and Frances (Youngblood) Welsh, he was born December 5, 1944 in Newburgh. He married Margaret (Peggy) Welsh on December 1, 1973 with reception following at their family home. Peggy survives at home.
John was a graduate of Newburgh Free Academy, and proudly served his country in the United States Air Force during the Vietnam War, stationed in Vietnam. John was a lifetime member of the Good Will Fire Dept. where he served as past president of the Company, past captain and past president of the Benevolent Association, member of the Orange County Volunteer Fireman’s Association and member of the Red Vest Association. John was also a proud member of UA Local 373 Plumbers and Steamfitters.
John loved his family, his country and his brother and sisters at Good Will Fire Dept., as he was fondly known as Welshy. He always enjoyed a good party and the company of his family, especially his grandchildren. He taught us strong family values and always to be respectful to everyone you come across. A void will forever be in our hearts, but we take comfort in the fact that he is now in peace and with his beloved daughter, Meghan.
In addition to his wife of 42 years, Peggy, he is survived by his two daughters: Denise Vesely and her husband, Tom of Cornwall and Amber Lynch and her husband, John of Bantry, Ireland; sisters-in-law: Mary Daly of Newburgh, Kathleen Glesner and husband, Robert of Hudson, FL; brother-in-law, Patrick Daly and wife, Mary of Bantry, Ireland; his grandchildren: Joshua Jones, Ella Lynch, Eabha Lynch, Jack Lynch and Michael Lynch; nephews: John Daly and wife, Marie of Brewster, NY, Donal Daly and wife, Lisa of Cork, Ireland, Patjoe Daly and wife, Nora of Bantry, Ireland, Margaret Downey and husband, Jimmy of Bantry, Ireland. He was predeceased by his loving daughter, Meghan Welsh of Wallkill, NY.
Visitation will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. on Monday, January 18th at Brooks Funeral Home, 481 Gidney Ave., Newburgh, with a firematic service at 7p.m. A funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, January 19th at Brooks Funeral Home. Burial will follow at Cedar Hill Cemetery, Newburgh, NY with Military Honors.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be sent to Good Will Fire Dept., 1 S. Plank Rd., Newburgh, NY 12550.
Arrangements under the care of Brooks Funeral Home. To send a personal condolence, please visit www.Brooksfh.com or call 845-561-8300.