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Duncan Garland Welch

Published: 11/29/2016 3:00:42 AM
Modified: 11/29/2016 3:00:41 AM

Topsham, Vt. — Duncan Garland Welch, 86, of Topsham, passed away with his family by his side on Sunday, Nov. 27, 2016, at Central Vermont Medical Center in Berlin, Vt. 

Duncan was born on Aug. 1, 1930 in Topsham, son to Ira and Ivilou (McKay) Welch. He grew up on the family farm with his older sister and brother, Myrna (Welch) Ordway and Chauncey James (“CJ”) Welch. He attended Topsham grade school and graduated from Bradford Academy in 1948. 

Dunc married the most beautiful young woman he knew, Bernice (“Bunny”) Keenan in September of 1956. They had four children – Guy, Sheila, Marc and Susan. They created a loving and welcoming home where you didn’t have to be family…to be family. 

Dunc’s lifetime work and his passion was dairy farming. Dunc and CJ took over what became Welch Bros. Farm after the passing of their father in 1960. They raised Jersey cattle and were very proud of their registered herd. Dunc was also proud of the maple sugaring operation that he started with his father in the early 1940’s. Dunc worked the farm with his son Guy by his side until the farm was retired in 1993.

In his younger years, Dunc served as Master of the Riverside Grange. He enjoyed playing cribbage, performing in local plays and variety shows, and reciting poetry. His children and grandchildren loved to hear him recite one of his favorite poems, The Cremation of Sam McGee, which he had memorized for a high school play. 

Dunc loved to be where the action was, to hear stories of mischief, to laugh, and to talk about the old times. He loved history, family photos, his pet dogs, and his wife’s apple pie and donuts. Above all else, he adored and was so very proud of the family he and Bunny created together. 

Dunc is remembered by his loved ones as a hard worker, a master storyteller, and a kind and loyal man. 

Dunc is survived by his wife of 60 years, Bunny; their four children, Guy Welch and wife Annette, Sheila Poliquin and husband Paul, Marc Welch and wife Peggy, Susan Emerson and husband Albert, all of Topsham. He is also survived by his ten grandchildren, Shelly (Welch) Calley and husband Sam, Amie (Welch) Trojanowski and husband Eric, Guy Welch Jr. and wife Aubrey, Aaron Welch and wife Teri, Hannah (Welch) Denoncour and husband Mark, Jesse (Poliquin) Meyer and husband Will, Grant Poliquin and wife Lauria, Carrie (Emerson) Garrison, Dana (Emerson) Boudreau and husband Chris, and Duncan Emerson; 11 great-grandchildren, Kayleigh and Ivie Trojanowski, Parker and Raina Calley, Nikolas, Scotty and James Garrison, Edmund and Nathan Welch, Easton Meyer and Sarah Jane Welch; and many beloved nieces and nephews. 

He is predeceased by his mother and father, Ira and Ivilou Welch; his sister Myrna and husband James Ordway; and his brother CJ. 

Calling hours will be held on Wednesday, Nov. 30 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Ricker Funeral Home, 1 Birch Street, Woodsville, N.H. A funeral service will be held at Ricker Funeral Home on Thursday, Dec. 1, at 11 a.m. 

In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the Tri Village Volunteer Fire Department, 477 VT Route 25, West Topsham, VT 05086.

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Ricker Funeral Home & Cremation Care of Woodsville is in charge of arrangements.

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