Longtime Walmart greeter David Welch passed away in the early hours of October 24, 2020.
David was born on May 25, 1943 to Ivy and Fred Welch in a small mining village in South Wales. As a boy, he was happy-go-lucky, always into something he shouldn’t be. At 15, like most young men in the village, he went to work in the pit. He met his wife Sheila at a local dance; she was 17 and he was 20. They married in 1964 and 6 months later immigrated to Canada. First stop was Edmonton, then up to Yellowknife where their daughter Sandey was born; from there they went to Montreal where their son Andrew was born. It was there he got on with Canadian Airlines. A few years later, they moved up to Fort Nelson, BC. It was there that David and his wife were brought back to God’s love, and they planned to stay in Fort Nelson. David said that God would have to close the airline down to get us out of Fort Nelson; 6 months later that is exactly what God did. They came full circle back to Edmonton. He worked for the airlines for 29 years. Retirement for him did not come easy, so when Walmart came to Leduc, he got himself a job there as a greeter. He worked there until 2017 when he had his first stroke, to be followed by more strokes that caused Alzheimers. He loved his job there; he loved the people he worked with and always liked to talk and joke with the customers. He liked to make people laugh. He went that extra mile if it meant he could help someone when they needed it.
He will be greatly missed by his wife of 56 years, Sheila; his daughter Sandey and her partner Troy; his son Andrew and his wife Michelle; granddaughters Aryana and her partner Eiko, Macaria, Payten and her partner Brad; and by his grandson Tallen; two sisters Eileen and Jean.
He slipped into God’s rest at 12:55 a.m. on October 14, 2020 with his family at his side.
Serenity Funeral Service Leduc 780-980-3688