John F. Welch, Major, Ret., age 71

of Quincy

John F. Welch, Major, Ret., age 71

Quincy – John F. Welch, Major, Ret., age 71, of Quincy, died peacefully, Wednesday, March 16, 2022, at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston, surrounded by his loving family.

John was born in Boston, raised and educated in Quincy. He was a graduate of Quincy High School, Class of 1968. He attended the former Lowell Technological Institute and Bridgewater State College. He lived in Quincy for the past twenty-five years. He had previously lived in San Francisco, Calif.

John served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam conflict and was awarded the National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Vietnam Campaign Medal, Expert M-16 Badge, and Marksmanship M-14 Badge with 2 Overseas Bars. He later served in the Army Reserve during the Persian Gulf War and retired as a Major.

John was a member and past commander in the Ancient and Honorable Artillery Company of Massachusetts.

He worked as a software programmer for The Charles Schwab Corporation in San Francisco, Calif. Earlier in his career, he was employed at the former Polaroid Corporation.

Devoted father of Francis H. Wong.

Beloved son of the late Robert E. and Mary Virginia (Riley) Welch.

Dear brother of Robert E. Welch, Jr., BG, Ret., and his wife Janet of East Taunton, Ann “Nancy” Welch of Abington, Virginia M. “Ginnie” Arienti of Hanover and her late husband Charles.

John is also survived by many nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Visiting hours will be held at the Sweeney Brothers Home for Funerals, 1 Independence Avenue, Quincy, on Monday, March 21, from 4 – 7 p.m. Relatives and friends are invited to attend. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at Divine Mercy Parish in Saint Mary’s Church, 95 Crescent Street, West Quincy, on Tuesday, March 22, at 12:30 p.m. Interment, with military honors, to follow at Pine Hill Cemetery, West Quincy.

For those who wish, donations in John’s memory may be made to the American Heart Association, 300 5th Avenue, Suite 6, Waltham, MA 02451.


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  • John will be missed by all of his Friends in The Ancient and Honorable Artillery Company. A good friend good man a a great Ancient. You will be missed Rest In Peace my friend.

    CPT Robert A. Imlach, Jr.
    Captain Commanding
    Ancient and Honorable Artillery Company

  • John was a great fellow. A good and loyal friend, I will miss his wit and charm. He is in a better place now that he is in God’s hands.

    My sincerest condolences to Francis and the entire Welch family.

    LT F. Kelley Landolphi

  • LT F. Kelley Landolphi – AHAC

  • “Pictureman” as myself, Katherine and Meaghan, Dave’s daughters, called him since we were kids will be remembered fondly! He did a lot for us, was there for us, and we considered him family. We will remember his long talks on the phone, his advice and stories about his travels and his thoughtfulness.

  • Condolences to all of John’s family. A truly unique individual John was always nice to everyone. Gone way too soon.

    LT Barton Hyte
    Centennial Legion of Historic Military Commands

  • Sincere Condolences to the Family Of John, he was a kind and a compassionate man. May he Rest in Peace

  • Rest In Peace Brother John, you earned your strips in Vietnam
    And now you can rest in Heaven
    God bless you
    Lt George Pesaturo

  • You were like another brother to me. I have known you all my life! I will surely miss all your stories! R.I.P John. I love you

  • My sincere condolences for John’s Family. I was proud to be one of John’s two ISGs last year and know well the dedication he had to AHAC and the huge effort he applied to service as Captain Commanding during a challenging year. Fine Man and fine Soldier. RIP

  • My sincere condolences to Mr. Welch’s family and friends. We had the pleasure of knowing him for several years while he lived in one of our buildings. Always had a great conversation when we saw him. I am sure he will be missed by many.

  • My condolences to John’s Family. John served as a superb Captain Commanding during an extremely challenging year. A fine Man and a fine Soldier.


  • John
    Hope you’re in a better place
    My deepest condolences to the family, May you RIP

  • May the family be strengthened and comforted during this time.

  • John – I am going to miss you! Always fascinating conversation. Never a dull moment. I am sure St Peter will have met his match as you pass through the Pearly Gates. Your loyalty to your Company was second to none. God bless you my friend.

    Graham Neil – Major The Honourable Artillery Company . London. Hon Piper to the AHAC.

  • RIP John as a Vietnam Veteran Brother in Arms. Always enjoyed talking with you at the AHAC. Condolences to the Walch family

  • Rest in Peace John. My deepest condolences to Francis and the Welch family. John was a good Ancient and as usual we loose good men too early in life.

  • My Condolences to the Welch Family and his son, Francis. On the day I was sworn in to the Company, John asked me to serve as one of his Sergeants. That day started what I hope to be a long and dedicated member of the AHAC. I will miss you and the great story you had. Rest in Peace, John.

  • Please accept my sincere condolences at John’s passing. He has had a long and difficult battle the last few years. Despite his physical problems he persisted in the task of leading the Company. I deeply regret that I can not participate in the honors due to him. Be assured of my thoughts and prayers for his eternal rest.
    COL Ernest C. Caggiano PC
    Delray Beach, FL

  • Condolences to the Welch family. It’s hard to believe that the little boy I used to babysit has passed away.
    RIP John

  • I had the pleasure of knowing Johnny for nearly a decade and he surely was one of a kind. Johnny was the king of unexpected visits, an astounding bank of knowledge, and a story teller that could put any accomplished novelist to shame. But more than that, Johnny was a loyal and thoughtful man who cared deeply about his family. He was always the first one to offer someone a ride to a family get together to make sure no one missed out (even if that meant being an hour or two late!) Regardless of where he traveled, he always brought me back a gift of some kind which I always appreciated and found really special. Johnny had a good and generous heart. He was proud of where he came from and what he had accomplished in his lifetime. I will never forget the light in his eyes each time he shared a story about his son Francis, whom he adored. He was one of the most genuine and unique people I have ever known, and he will surely be missed.
    My heart goes out to the Welch family, I’m so sorry for your loss.
    Aly Jaeger

  • My deepest condolences to Francis and the entire Welch family for their loss.

    I had the honor of serving on John’s staff as his Judge Advocate during his year as Captain Commanding of the Ancient and Honorable Artillery Company. During a difficult year for John, the Ancients, and indeed the entire world due to COVID, John maintained his deep love and commitment to the Company and its members. He always strove to put the interests of the members first and to live up to the Company’s motto, “Facta non verba”.

    While his family and friends will miss him, he has left each one of us with a treasure of fond memories. Thank you John. My deep sympathies to his entire family.

  • A very devout and devoted man who left us way too soon. Francis, you are his legacy. If your dad could speak right now, he would tell you, “Carry on my son. Continue to be the way you are.”

    Earth is poorer in losing him but Heaven is so much richer. Good soul, go to God!

  • My condolences and prayers to John’s family. He will be missed by all my fellow ancients.

  • My sincere condolences to all of John’s family. I knew John in the late 80s through early 90s and always enjoyed spending time with him. He was a good, kind and compassionate person.

  • My condolences to Francis and the Welch family! John was a long time friend and fellow Ancient who travelled the world with us. He could and would pontificate on almost any subject! John was extremely loyal and family was very important to him. I am so happy he accomplished his great goal of becoming Captain Commanding of the AHAC. Facta et verba!

  • I knew John from Quincy High where he was one of the top track stars in the state He would always workhard at every practice and help others to always do better.A real nice guy …He will be missed….