William H Welcome, “Capt. Bill”, 77 of Ocala, Florida
March 31, 1942 – October 4, 2019
Survived by his wife of 52 years Donna L (Gauthier) Welcome, a daughter Pamela L. Welcome & her fiance’ Stephen Normandin of Woodstock Valley CT, two sons Christopher J. Welcome & his wife Marilyn of Laconia NH, & Joseph W. Welcome & his wife Kimberley of West Boylston, MA. A grandson David Thompson Jr, a granddaughter Kenzie Welcome, who was the light of his life, and his little butterfly. A great- granddaughter Savannah Thompson & five step grandchildren. Two brothers Paul Welcome & his wife Maureen. Robert Welcome & his wife Janice, a sister Claire Belton and her late husband Edward. His mother in law Josephine Gauthier & her late husband Peter, three brother in laws Leo Gauthier, Bruce Gauthier, and Richard Olson. Several cousins, nieces & nephews.
He is predeceased by his parents Russell and Leonette (Gaudette) Welcome, his sister Claudette Olson, & his infant daughter Brenda who died at birth.
Bill is an Army veteran of the Korean War, an avid fisherman & motorcycle rider. He was a lifetime member of the H.O.G. (Harley Owner’s Group). He was a self- employed general contractor for many years, Captain and owner of the Rainbow Water Taxi on the Rainbow River in Dunnellon. He worked at the KP Hole in Dunnellon for many years before retiring in 2007. He enjoyed spending time with his family & friends. He lived in West Boylston, MA for many years before moving to Florida in 1995.
The family would like to thank Kindred Hospice of Ocala for their excellent care & support during Bill’s final journey. A special thank you to his nurses Sue & Janet of Kindred Hospice who were with the family right up until the end. Also thank you to their neighbor Nell Payne for all of her support & comfort and spending time with Bill on the porch and their very good friends Randy & Sandra Catlett.
In lieu of flowers, the family would like any donations in Bill’s memory sent to Kindred Hospice 1320 SE 25th loop Suite 101 Ocala, FL. 34471.