,Mckinley Welsh Jr., a long time resident of St. Croix, Virgin Island, passed away peacefully, on April 26, 2020, at his home in Orlando,Florida . Mack was born on July 29, 1941 in New York, N.Y. to Mckinley and Addie Welsh.
He was a graduate of Taft High School, Bronx, N.Y. He earned an associate degree from New York Community College, also received a dental assistant certification. He pursued a career in law enforcement with N.Y.P.D., later relocated to St.Croix, V.I. In 1967 with V.I. Department of Public Safety, Mack served as training director of the police academy for 21 years. After working in the private sector for a few years, Mack was hired by V.I.P.A. He became a huge asset, with the responsibility for the safety and security of the ports of the V.I.
Mack transitioned from Safety and Security Officer to Police Chief, bringing many years of law enforcement experience with him. He retired December 31, 2004. Mack was an active member in his community of Queens Quarters for many years, serving on the Board of Directors for P.H.L.A. and President of the Board of Directors of St. C Condominium Association. He was a member and treasurer of The Caribbean Light Lodge #101 F and AM St. Croix, Virgin Islands. Mack wore many hats as a young man, during his early years on the
island. He loved all music, and had a great enthusiasm for jazz. He once hosted a jazz radio show, FM 99, for a number of years, and was affectionately know as Mr. Jazz. He was a dedicated, and hard worker, yet he occasionally enjoyed a game of paddle ball, at the ballpark in Sion Farm. He is proceeded in death by his parents, Mckinley and Addie Welsh. and brother, Rudy Welsh.
Mack is survived by his loving wife, Sandra Lee, son, Kahlil Welsh & fiance, Jeanice Chevere, Orlando, Fl.,daughter, Jameaale Arzeno, N.Y.C., brother Phillip Welsh, Gaithersburg, Maryland, grandchildren, Keala Welsh, Cosmo Arzeno and Ashley Page. Step son, Chris Paul,Huntington Sta., N.Y., step daughter, Stacey Harvey & husband Jayson, Deer Park, N.Y., 5 step grandchildren, special niece, Ajia Khan, Orlando, Fl, many nieces and nephews, who loved him dearly. There will be no services at this time. A Celebration of Life will be planned for the future.
The family request donations be made to Alzheimers Association, in memory of Mckinley Welsh Jr.