Richard A. Welsh, 75, of Apopka, Florida passed away on April 30, 2020. Mr. Welsh was born on May 02, 1944 in Syracuse, New York. He is preceded in death by his parents Robert and Margaret Welsh; and sister Barbara Castleman. Mr. Welsh is survived by his wife Nancy A. Welsh of NC; daughter’s Wendy (Ed) Kreiley of TN, Stacy (Ed) Amos of NY, Heather (Art) Day of NC, Shannon (Frank) White of NH, Tammy (Staff Curtis) Welsh of NC; step kids Danielle, Jody, and Travis LaDue of FL; grandchildren Evelyn Kreiley of NC, and Elizabeth Kreiley Bower of NH, Ravon, Dakarai, and Pierce Day of NC, Donovan, and Caden Curtis of NC; brother Gerry (Sandy) Welsh of NY. He was a cheery man with a great smile and a work ethic like no other. He worked full time up until the day he was admitted to the hospital. Taught all 5 girls what was like to laugh, find joy in the simple things, and to work hard for your family and for what you want, would always tell us nothing is given to you, I remember that as if it was yesterday. He loved Syracuse Basketball, and teaching his daughters all about the NFL and how to cheer for a team that would never win a Superbowl (Cleveland Browns) but still enjoyed the game, and would tell them the Daytona 500 is as big as the super bowl (every Super-bowl and Daytona 500, we were treated with popcorn and Lime Kool-Aid). As dairy farmers in Central New York, they did not travel much, as they did not have any hired help. He would say to his daughter’s, I have you daughters you are the only help I need, and he was right. Being raised on the farm taught us how to be strong, independent, and how to work as a team to get the job done before dusk, and he instilled that in us and to this day we are all still a very close family and that is due to our Dad and Mom. He loved his wife, she was his best friend as he was her best friend, even though they were estranged after us girls went off to college, they talked every day if not a couple of times a day. They truly were never apart, just lived in 2 different states. He made a friend in everyone he met. When he relocated to Apopka, Florida he worked for Dewar Nurseries, starting as soon as he arrived. He loved working there, I could hear the joy in his voice and see the smile on his face when he would talk about them. Dewar was like family to him, they loved him as much as he loved them. He will be missed by all, but most certainly never forgotten.
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