James (Jamie) Richard Welsh was born on August 9, 1942 in Peterborough, Ontario, Canada to Leslie and Norah Welsh. Jamie came to Melrose in 1981 to develop and build houses in Lake Elizabeth Estates. While here he met his wife, Jo Ann, married her in 1982 and never left his beloved USA. Although Canadian he loved this country like his own. Jamie renovated the house on Lake Santa Fe and lived there for the remainder of his life until passing on July 28, 2020 after fighting a long and arduous battle with cancer. Jamie is survived by his wife of 38 years, Jo Ann. He is also survived by his son, Christopher Welsh and his daughter Suzanne, both of Ontario, Canada; his brother in law, James Eichelsderfer and wife Donna, his beloved niece, Jessica Merrell and husband, John, and great-niece, Paige Davis, and great nephew, Michael Davis. He is also survived by two sisters-in-law both named Linda Eichelsderfer of Florahome and North Carolina. Due to the Covid there will be no services at this time but most likely there will be a party down the road in his honor. Donations may be made in Jamie's name to The Children's Cancer Foundation, 5570 Sterrett Place, Suite 204, Columbia, Maryland 21044.
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