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Harry Welch

Harry Robert Charles Welch

March 4th, 1937 - September 20th, 2020
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Obituary

Arrived safely into the arms of his Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ, Harry Robert Charles Welch, passed away after a courageous struggle with illness at the LHSC- University Campus, surrounded by his loving wife and family, on September 20th, 2020, at the age of 83. Born in Houghton Township, to the late George and Bessie Welch, Harry will be forever remembered as wonderful storyteller, for his knowledge of area history, as the ‘family historian’, his love for gardening (branded as the ‘Champion Gardener,’ he could be oft-quoted stating that “this farm will produce!”) and for his many years of Tobacco farming. Harry also loved bowling with friends and family in Simcoe, engaging in Langton and area Men’s Hockey with friends and playing dominos (he was the ‘Domino King’). Always a strong supporter of the Houghton Brethren in Christ Community Church (Mission Church, Frogmore). Harry is survived by his loving wife of 61 years, Irene (Stover) Welch and by his much-loved children and grandchildren: Deborah (Dale Hassett), of Prince Albert, Sask. and their children Eric, Kimberley, Caroline, Allison; Heather (Rod) Card, of Elmira and their children Sarah (Andrew), Stephen (Meg); Brenda Atkinson, of Long Point and her daughter Abby; Karen (Steve Jealouse), of Oshawa and their children Josh (Karina), Rachel, Daniel, Noah, Sarah. Dear Brother of Edith (Jack Bishop), of Walsingham; Peter Welch, of Tillsonburg; Lois Howe, of Tillsonburg (late Bob). Survived by a great-grandson Asaiah, by a close niece Pearl (Roy Pennell), of South River, Ontario and a much-loved uncle to many nieces, nephews, and cousins. Predeceased by his sister Evelyn (late Anton ‘Tony’ Hochreiter).

Friends and relatives are invited to offer their support and caring by sending flowers, posting photos, tributes, favourite memories, and hugs from home on Harry’s tribute page at the www.verhoevefuneralhomes.com. Due to COVID safety restrictions, public visitation will be LIMITED to ONLY guests that sign up for specific time to attend. Time slots will be available by visiting Harry’s tribute page at verhoevefuneralhomes.com or by calling (519-842-4238) between 9am and 4pm. Each person attending must be listed as a guest. Guests must bring and wear face masks and maintain social distancing rules. Guests are asked not to attend if they are ill, if they have been around someone else who is ill or have travelled. Guests are encouraged to attend only when their time slot begins. If guests arrive too early, they are asked to wait in their vehicle. If guests arrive too late, they may be unable to enter. Public visitation will take place on Wednesday, September 23rd, in the Maurice J. Verhoeve Funeral Homes Chapel, 40 Queen Street, Langton, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. and on September 24th, from 12:00 p.m. to 12:45 p.m. A Private Funeral Service to Celebrate Harry’s Life will be conducted on Thursday, September 24th at 1:00 p.m. in the Maurice J. Verhoeve Funeral Homes Chapel, Langton by Pastor Ted Smith, of Cultus United Church. Burial follows in the New Road Cemetery (Stover Family Plot). Memorial donations to the “Heart and Stroke Foundation of Norfolk” or “Houghton First Baptist Church, Clear Creek” can be made on the www.verhoevefuneralhomes.com website or by cheque through the MAURICE J. VERHOEVE FUNERAL HOMES – BURIAL AND CREMATION SERVICES INC., Langton, entrusted with all the funeral arrangements, with confidence.
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Wednesday, September 23rd, 2020 | 6:30pm - 7:30pm
    When
    Wednesday, September 23rd, 2020 6:30pm - 7:30pm
    Location
    Maurice J. Verhoeve Funeral Homes-Burial and Cremation Services Inc.
    Address
    40 Queen Street
    Langton, Ontario N0E 1G0
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Notes
    Due to COVID safety regulations, public visitation will be LIMITED to ONLY guests that sign up for specific time to attend. RSVP here on Harry's tribute page or by calling (519-842-4238). Each person attending must be listed as a guest. Guests must bring and wear face masks and maintain social distancing rules. Guests are asked to not attend if they are ill, if they have been around someone else who is ill or have travelled.
  • Second Visitation

    Thursday, September 24th, 2020 | 12:00pm - 12:45pm
    When
    Thursday, September 24th, 2020 12:00pm - 12:45pm
    Location
    Maurice J. Verhoeve Funeral Homes-Burial and Cremation Services Inc.
    Address
    40 Queen Street
    Langton, Ontario N0E 1G0
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Notes
    Due to COVID safety regulations, public visitation will be LIMITED to ONLY guests that sign up for specific time to attend. RSVP here on Harry's tribute page or by calling (519-842-4238). Each person attending must be listed as a guest. Guests must bring and wear face masks and maintain social distancing rules. Guests are asked to not attend if they are ill, if they have been around someone else who is ill or have travelled.
  • Private Funeral Service to Celebrate Harry’s Life

    Thursday, September 24th, 2020 | 1:00pm
    When
    Thursday, September 24th, 2020 1:00pm
    Location
    Maurice J. Verhoeve Funeral Homes-Burial and Cremation Services Inc.
    Address
    40 Queen Street
    Langton, Ontario N0E 1G0
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Notes
    Each person attending must be listed as a guest. Guests must bring and wear face masks and maintain social distancing rules. Guests are asked to not attend if they are ill, if they have been around someone else who is ill or have travelled.
    Officiant
    Pastor Ted Smith
  • Interment

    Thursday, September 24th, 2020 | 2:30pm
    When
    Thursday, September 24th, 2020 2:30pm
    Location
    New Road Cemetery
    Address
    164777 New Road
    Norwich, Ontario
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Brian Lofthouse

Posted at 08:31pm
to the Welch family...Irene, Debbie, Brenda, Heather, and Karen
From Liz and myself our deepest condolences on the passing (graduation to heaven) of Harry
I have been praying for him and each of you over the past couple of weeks...
what great memories his name brings up
my first work in the tobacco picking industry...bunk houses, taking the kilns out, suckering, and great meals at the end of the day
wrestling with Harry
serving at the Houghton Brethren in Christ Church together
and so much more
and with him comes great memories with all of you my friends.
may God help you in discovering what He has for you in this new chapter in life.
To Harry - thanks for being 'one of a kind'
thanks for giving me a job and purpose as a young person
thanks for letting me cut my teeth in ministry under your leadership...
Rest in Peace my brother.
JM

June Manary

Posted at 06:42pm
Mrs. June Manary wishes to express my sincere sympathy for your loss.
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David Clarke

Posted at 02:45am
Our thoughts and prayers are with the Welch family. Harry we will miss you. You were a great friend, and a blessing to us durning our time and ministry at Real Life Church. Harry was very generous, and had a great love for the Lord and for the word of God. Every time we visited at the Welch home, Harry would show us what was happening on the farm, would service coffee, and then he would hand me his bible so I could read from the word of God. Everyday was a opportunity for him to connect with His Lord. Well done Good and faithful servant.
GL

Gord & Betty Lee Loucks

Posted at 07:26pm
Our deepest condolences Irene and family. Remember you and Harry from my banking days. Betty Lee & Gord Loucks
RF

Real Life Church Family

Posted at 02:56pm
In loving memory of Harry Welch.Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
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