Colburn R. Welch

December 20, 1950
- December 19, 2010

BANGOR - Colburn Ray Welch, 59, husband of Joanne M. (Knight) Welch, died unexpectedly Dec. 19, 2010, at his home. Colby was born Dec. 20, 1950, in Milo, the oldest son of Raymond W. and Margaret L. (Dunbar) Welch. He was a 1970 graduate of Bangor High School. In 1973, Colby graduated with an Associate of Science degree in liberal arts from the University of Maine, then he graduated from Beal College in 1986 with an Associate of Science degree in business science and earned his third degree, a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting, from Husson College in 1989. Colby's main work focus was in the mental health field. Colby married his high school sweetheart, Joanne Knight, and they were together 40 years until her passing. He was a private person and enjoyed movies, but his one true passion was music. He was a bass guitar player and played in several local bands throughout the years. Colby is survived and will be deeply missed by his mother, Margaret of Bangor. He is also survived by his son, Andrew Grant; three siblings, Ron Welch and his wife, Sharon, of Rumford, Carolyn (Welch) and her husband, Paul Kelly, of Bangor, and Wayne Welch and his wife, Michele, of Hermon; nephews and nieces, David, Stacie and Samantha Kelly, Kris and Brian Welch, Zachary and Tyler Welch; several great-nieces and great-nephews. In addition to his father, Raymond W. Welch, Colby was predeceased by his wife, Joanne (Knight) Welch, April 2, 2009. A private burial service will be in the spring at Pleasant Hill Cemetery, Hermon. In lieu of flowers, those who wish may make memorial contributions to Bangor Humane Society, 693B Mount Hope Ave., Bangor, ME 04401. Condolences to his family may be offered at

Published in Bangor Daily News on December 23, 2010

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