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Thomas Jordan Welch

NORFOLK — Thomas Jordan Welch, 84, of 9 Shepard Road passed on July 13, 2022, at Noble Horizons surrounded by his loving family.  He was the husband of Judith (Hoyt) Welch.  Tom was born January 24, 1938, in Great Barrington, son of the late John and Catherine (Thompson) Welch. 

Tom grew up in Great Barrington as a child and was a graduate of Searles High School.  Tom then joined the U.S. Army where he earned the rank of Specialist Third Class and served from 1955 until 1958.  He retired as a Purchasing Agent for the Berkshire Health Systems, Inc., located in Pittsfield.  Prior to that, he had worked at the Becton-Dickinson Company in Canaan in the same capacity for over 25 years. 

Tom was a member of the North Canaan Congregational Church in East Canaan, a member of the Torrington Elks, the Canaan Exchange Club, the National Purchasing Agents Association and the Am Vets Organization.  He volunteered with Canaan Scout Troop Pack #22 and enjoyed playing golf as a member of the Wyantenuck Country Club in Great Barrintgon.  Tom spent over 30 years as a percussionist and backup singer with Corporation Plus. Tom and the band traveled extensively throughout Massachusetts and Vermont.

In addition to his wife of 42 years, who was the love of his life, Tom is survived by his son Frank Martel, Jr. of Winsted, and Jordan Thomas Welch of Norfolk, Massachusetts; his brother David John Welch of both Boston and Great Barrington.  He is also survived by his five grandchildren:  Kaila Martel of Winsted; Justin and Jade Martel of Vermont; Catherine and Alexandra Welch of Norfolk, Massachusetts.

Calling hours will be held on Thursday, July 21 from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Newkirk-Palmer Funeral Home, 118 Main Street, North Canaan, CT 06018.  Military honors will be bestowed at 4 p.m.  In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be sent to assist with expenses to the Welch Family at 9 Shepard Road, Apartment U5, Norfolk, CT 06058.

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