William Lee Welch

William Lee Welch

Friday, May 12th, 1950 - Friday, March 20th, 2020
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COHOES William Lee Welch, 69, died peacefully Friday, Mar. 20, 2020 at his residence surrounded by family.

Born in Cohoes, Lee was the son of the late William and Doris Rate Welch. He graduated from Cohoes High School in 1968 and enlisted in the US Air Force where he received his Flight Engineer Instructor Certification. He served honorably for 20 years as a Flight Engineer until retiring from the 109th Airlift Wing of the New York Air National Guard in 1989 with the rank of Sergeant Major. He then went on to work for the City of Cohoes, the Albany County Nursing Home, Smith’s Restaurant and finally for the Cohoes Community Center.

The discipline and patriotism Lee learned in the military never left him and translated into many of his personal endeavors. He was a proud member and Past Commander of the E.T. Ruane American Legion Post, a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and the Cohoes-Waterford Elks Lodge #1317. For nearly two decades, Lee served as Chairman of the Cohoes Memorial Day Parade.

He is survived by his wife, Kathleen Mayo; by his children, Richard W. Welch and Tricia L. VanDenburgh and by his grandchildren, Noah A. VanDenburgh and Kristopher A. VanDenburgh. He is also survived by his aunt, Joan Rate, his brother-in-law Bill Mayo, sister-in-law, Colleen Mayo as well as several nieces, nephews and cousins. He was predeceased by his sisters, Mary Ellen Dommer and Linda Maylath.

The family wishes to thank the kind-hearted nurses, doctors, clinical care coordination, interventional radiology and other staff of Samaritan Hospital, along with Dr. William Robinson, Jr., Dr. David Mitola and the staff of Community Hospice for their care and compassion.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Community Hospice Foundation, 310 S. Manning Blvd. Albany, NY 12208.
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    Gerald BH Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery
    200 Duell Road
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  • American Legion
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  • US Air Force
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Carol Guillaume Ferrara

Posted at 07:20pm
Lee and I grew up together in Cohoes with our back yards separated by only a fence and his grand father's beautiful roses !
When he was a wee tyke I remember a time when he was interacting with Mr. Rate (grand dad) when he belted out
" I can do it MY OWN SELF Grampie" ! Warms my heart just to think of this.
My sincere condolences to your entire family at this very sad time.

Frank Valenti

Posted at 11:06am
Lee was always a great guy. When you went to the American Legion, he was the first to great you. Always friendly, always careing. My sincere condolences to Kate and Lee's entire family. May he rest in peace. Frank and Rose Valenti.

Jack mccarthy

Posted at 01:34am
RIP Lee.
Great old friend and neighbor.
Condolences to wife Katie Mayo and his family.

Donna Momrow

Posted at 08:57pm
Lee was a life long friend and I was sorry to learn of his passing. Lee grew up in my neighborhood ( McElwain Ave) and was friends with my whole family. A funny husband and I moved to Troy when we were first married. Our dog, Bummer, was missing and I don’t remember if we put an add in the paper or what, or if the dog had tags with our address) But one day my doorbell rings and there is Lee with my dog! I was excited to see both! When he found the dog he had no idea the dog was mine. He was just being the great guy he was returning a beloved dog to his owner. I am sure he has a special place in heaven. See you there neighbor!

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