DANSVILLE—Thomas Gerard Welch age 50, passed away unexpectedly Monday March 17, 2014, in Charlotte, NC.

He was born on Hornell, NY on February 10, 1964, a son of the late John and Flora (Blum) Welch. He resided in Huntersville, NC with his wife Sarah Roberts Welch. Both Tom and Sarah spent their childhoods in Dansville before moving to the Rochester Penfield area. Then to their current address in Huntersville in 2003.

In 1983 Tom moved to Virginia Beach, VA to work as a surveyor for Lee S. Rood and in 1984 he joined LaDieu Associates in Greece for 13 years as a Civil Design Engineer supporting development of many sub-divisions in the north Greece area.

Tom joined CHA based in Albany in 1997, and was coming up on his 17th anniversary as a CHA employee. Tom actually began his career as a Senior Engineering Designer in the Civil group, and worked for many years in the Rochester office. He moved to the Information Technology team in 1999 as an Assistant Network Administrator, and his great talent led to promotions to Regional Network Manager and finally Client Support Services Manager. Tom was also named an Associate at CHA in 2005.

Tom's well known passion for the game of golf took him to international as well as domestic golf courses where he developed great relationships along the way. In 2013, Tom accomplished the golfing milestone of a double eagle at Penn National Golf club during an annual trip that has been a tradition for 25+ years. He was respected for his integrity in his professional as well as in his personal life.

Tom is survived by his wife of 28 years, Sarah; six brothers and sisters, Marie (Welch) Spendlove, Michael and Susan (Price) Welch, Margaret Mary Welch, Anne (Welch) and Terrence Murphy Sr., William and Lorri (Rittenhouse) Welch and Robert James Welch. Mother in-law Marie (Sterner) Roberts; brother in-law Thomas and Polly (Pittman) Roberts; sisters in-law Carol (Roberts) and David Pierce, Amy (Roberts) and Dean Englert. Many nieces and nephews, Jessica (Welch) and Matthew Shea, Jeffery Welch, Bridget Wilcox and Dylan Carrier, John Wilcox and Rhiannon Carrier, TJ and Jen (Sager) Murphy, Matt Murphy, Chris Murphy, Cori (Welch) and Peter Brownell, and Easton Welch. Jennifer (Roberts) and Mike Long, Trevor and Jen (Miller) Roberts, Spencer and Katie (Gill) Roberts, Jane Roberts, Benjamin and Tami (Judge) Pierce, Nicholas and Sally (Smiley) Pierce, Derrick Englert and Katherine Doyle; four great nieces and ten great nephews, Aunts, Uncle, and many cousins.

Friends called Friday at the Hindle Funeral Home, Inc., 271 Main St., Dansville. A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on Saturday at St. Mary’s Church in Dansville.

Online Remembrances may be left at HindleFuneralHome.com. In lieu of flowers the family request that memorials be made to the Clara Barton Chapter # 1of the American Red Cross, 57 Elizabeth St., Dansville, NY 14437 or the American Heart Association 128 South Tryon St. #1588, Charlotte, NC 28202