Jason David Welsh, our “Golden Boy”, passed away peacefully on October 13 at 6:57 p.m. at his home in Oak Park, MI under the loving, constant and attentive care of his lifelong partner, Carole (Riepe), mother of their sons. dedicated Jack Taylor (22), Wiley Harrison (21) and Zane Roger (19) Welsh. John Prine’s song Angel of Montgomery had just finished. He was born and raised in Beaver Falls, PA on August 28, 1970 to his deeply bereaved parents, Roger E. and Carol (Taylor) Welsh of Beaver Falls, PA and stepmother, Betty Stanczyk of Pinckney, MI. Although he has spent his entire adult life in the Detroit area, his affinity for his hometown has never wavered. Jason attended elementary school at St. Mary’s Catholic School, where lasting friendships were made. After attending BFHS, he graduated from Clarion University and the US Air Force as a reserve. He then pursued his JD at the University of Toledo and pursued a career in workers’ compensation law. An extremely practical dad, Jason coached Berkley Hoops basketball teams for many years. During this time, he himself competed in weekly pick-up matches. Just as he spent his youth: on the streets, playing sports, making friends. Luckily, Jason pursued his passion for travel, naturally including his boys in the adventures. They gave him so much to be proud of in their incredible qualities, but what stood out most was what they could teach him through their curiosity and knowledge of the world and their means while exploring it. . The three boys gave utmost devotion to their father in his greatest need and did so in an impressive manner. Although he was a humble man, Jason’s pride in his family was known. Jason loved everyone and everyone loved Jason. His lifelong friends (and neighbors) Jimmy and Pete Carbone, and Jason Sciarro were more like brothers. High school brought many deep friendships, but one stood out in Roxanne Esoldo. It gives new meaning to “against winds and tides”. In Detroit, it was the “Pancake Breakfast” team (“we do it every month”) of Mike Reinholm and Brian Demery. All of these friendships revolved around a shared love of movies and music and, most importantly, laughter. Along with kindness, laughter was Jason’s forte. Jason had the ability to make you feel like you were the most important person in the world and that’s what made him the best uncle of 16 nieces and nephews and a great-niece and nephew. Before Jason in death were his paternal grandparents, Wiley and Almeda Welsh, his maternal grandfather, Melvin Taylor, his stepfathers, William Riepe and Bill Stanczyk. His memory will live forever with his surviving siblings, Roger Welsh II of Jacksonville, FL, Maria Welsh of Charlottesville, VA, Tara (Welsh) and Mark Lindsay of Bradford Woods, PA, Anita (Welsh) and Christian Bell of Beaver, PA. , and Linda (Riepe) and Shawn Brohl of Maumee, OH. Dave and Naomi Riepe, Denver CO. He was very lucky to also have a surviving grandmother, Mary (Helisek) Taylor of Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania, whom he loved very much. Jason was roughed up when he was diagnosed with glioblastoma at the end of June this year. He faced his destiny with courage, and even laughing, until the end. He was surrounded with love by so many people and in so many countless ways that his family could not begin to express their deep gratitude. The theme of this crisis for his family was “we can do the hard things” – although for Jason it was “enjoy every sandwich”. -Letting go of this true gentleman’s soul was the hardest thing to do. To honor his spirit: be a good person, show empathy, and make time for family. These are Jason’s strongest traits. To help research this horrible disease, you may consider making a donation, in his memory, to the Glioblastoma Foundation at: https://glioblastomafoundation.org/ A celebration of his life will be held for friends and family at the Hill and Kunselman Funeral Home on October 22, 2022 in Beaver Falls, PA. between 2 p.m. and 6 p.m.
Posted on October 15, 2022
Published in The Detroit News, Detroit Free Press
celebration of life
Hill and Kunselman Funeral Home
October 22, 2022 at 2:00 p.m.