Welch, John W., of Norwood, formerly of Newton & Needham, September 15, 2017. Beloved husband of the late Virginia M. (Burke) Welch. Devoted father of Kathy Robichaud and her husband Kevin of Waltham, James Welch and his wife Jennifer of Franklin, John Welch and his wife Mary of Norwood. Dear brother of Sr. Marilyn Welch (Sister of Charity) of Wellesley and the late Margaret and Francis X. Welch. Loving grandfather of Kelly and her husband SGT. Peter Griffin, Kevin Robichaud, Jacqueline, Ryan, Sean, Katherine and Sarah Welch. Funeral from the Burke & Blackington Funeral Home, 1479 Washington St., (Rte. 16), West Newton, Thurssday, September 21 at 9:30 AM followed by a Funeral Mass in Sacred Heart Church, 1321 Centre St., Newton Centre at 10:30 AM. Visiting hours Wednesday evening from 4:00-8:00 PM. Interment in St. Joseph's Cemetery, West Roxbury. In lieu of flowers remembrances may be made in John's memory to the Vernon Cancer Center, Newton Wellesley Hospital, 2014 Washington St., Newton, MA 02462.