Richard J. Welch died unexpectedly December 24, 2023, at an Ellsworth Hospital. He was born July 7, 1948, in Bucksport, the son of John E. Welch and Rita (Davis) Welch.
Richard graduated from Ellsworth High School in 1966 and entered the U.S. Navy from 1967 to 1971. Richard spent most of his career working for Bangor Hydro Electric as a systems operator. He was also responsible for running the Ellsworth Alewives business for over 30 years.
Richard enjoyed the outdoors and spending time with his friends at the Franklin Trading Post. Richard’s hobbies included flying his planes along with working on and driving his Harley Davidson and classic hot rods.
Richard is survived by his son John (Kristen) Welch of Scituate, MA; grandson James Welch of Stueben ME; grandsons Jack and Parker of Andover MA; great grandsons James and Jacob of Stueben ME; Sister Sally Jordan of Ellsworth ME and longtime partner Nancy King of Eastbrook, ME. Richard was predeceased by both his parents and his son James Welch.
A Celebration of Life will be held at a future date at the Franklin Veterans Club.
Gifts in Richard’s memory can be given to the Franklin Veterans Club.
Condolences may be expressed at www.acadiacremation.com