William Edward Welch, 55, Sun employee, veteran

May 14, 2004

William Edward Welch, a Sun classified advertising salesman, died of cancer May 7 at Johns Hopkins Hospital. The Mount Washington resident was 55.

Born in Rutland, Vt., and raised in Timonium, he was a 1968 Dulaney High School graduate. He later earned an associate of arts degree in business from Northern Virginia Community College.

He entered the Army in September 1969 and served in Vietnam and Germany, attaining the rank of staff sergeant. He later worked at Fort Meade and for the surgeon general in Washington.

In the early 1980s, he was a secretary to the promotions director of The Washington Post. He later worked in the newspaper's classified advertising department.

Mr. Welch resided in San Francisco from 1990 to 1997 and was a legal secretary at Industrial Indemnity Co. He returned to Baltimore in 1998, worked part time for Bolton Hill Blossoms, a floral and gifts firm, and began working for The Sun in 2000.

He was a collector of restaurant china that he purchased at flea markets and antique shows.

Services are private.

Survivors include his companion, Edwin W. Peddicord of Baltimore. Mr. Welch's parents are deceased.

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