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John "Jack" Welde

September 18, 1938 — March 18, 2024

Formerly Of Havertown


Jack Welde, passed away peacefully on March 18th, 2024 at the age of 85. He leaves behind a legacy that will forever be cherished by his family, friends, and all those whose lives he touched.

He proudly served as a member of The Army Reserves, where he exhibited courage, discipline, and unwavering commitment to his country. Following his military service, he continued his noble calling as a police officer at Haverford Township for 26 years, where he exemplified integrity, honor, and a deep sense of duty.

Beyond his professional achievements, Jack was a true Renaissance man, embodying a passion for various pursuits. He was an avid golfer, finding solace and joy on the green, and his prowess on the golf course was matched only by his love for the sport. As a 3rd-degree black belt in karate and a Golden Gloves boxer, he exemplified strength, resilience, and determination, inspiring all who knew him.

However, perhaps Jack's greatest legacy lies in his role as a devoted husband, father, and grandfather. For 61 years, he shared an unbreakable bond with his beloved wife, Anne Dolores (McNelis), and their love served as a true testament and example for all those who knew them.  His devotion to his family knew no bounds, and he found immense joy in spending time with his children and grandchildren, creating cherished memories that will endure for generations to come.

He is survived by his Wife, Anne Dolores (McNelis), Daughter Mary Pat Adame (Welde) & Late Husband Christopher (Nash), Son Kevin & Wife Gina (D'Ascenzo), Grandchildren Ashley (Greene) Husband John, Seana Adame, Angelina, John, Gabriella, Great Grandchildren Christopher & Leo Greene . Additionally, he was preceded in death by his beloved son, John, at the age of 24 in 1994.

Known for his indomitable spirit and zest for life, Jack approached each day with enthusiasm and optimism. His infectious sense of humor brought laughter and joy to all who were fortunate enough to be in his presence, and his quick wit and playful banter will be dearly missed.

In addition to his numerous accomplishments, Jack dedicated himself to mentoring and coaching young athletes in baseball and football, including John & Kevin.  He was a lover of animals and training horses in competitive riding with His daughter Mary Pat. He instilled in them the values of hard work, determination, and perseverance, inspiring them to believe in themselves and reach their full potential both on and off the field. His impact on their lives will be felt for years to come, a testament to his enduring legacy of kindness and mentorship.

Though Jack may no longer be with us in body, his spirit lives on in the hearts of all who knew and loved him. His memory will forever be a source of comfort and inspiration, guiding us as we navigate life's journey without him.

In honoring Jack's life, let us celebrate the profound impact he had on each of us and strive to carry forward his legacy of love, laughter, and unwavering strength. He may be gone, but his legacy will continue to shine brightly, illuminating our lives with his enduring spirit.

A celebration of Jack's life will be held on April 16th at 11:00 AM at Sacred Heart, Manoa, luncheon to follow immediately at Paxon Hollow Country Club.  In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Venmo @hilltopbaseball, Checks payable to Hilltop Baseball, c/0 Fred Steigerwalt, 237 N. Belfield Ave, Havertown, Pa 19083 in his honor.

Rest in peace, dear Jack. You will be deeply missed, but your memory will live on in our hearts forever.

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Tuesday, April 16, 2024

11:00am - 12:00 pm (Eastern time)

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