John B. "Jack" Welch, died peacefully on November 13th, 2017, at High Pointe Hospice House in Haverhill, MA as members of his family were at his side. Jack was predeceased by his parents, Ai S. and Josephine (Fernald) Welch, as well as his sisters, Elizabeth "Betsy" Peterson and Ardell Welch, and brothers Frederick "Ted" Welch and Neal Welch. Jack loved them all, as well as his many friends and relatives. Survivors include his brother, Joseph C. Welch of Nottingham, NH, his sister, Alison "Robin" Proulx also of Nottingham and many nieces and nephews.
Jack was born on April 24th, 1940 in Exeter, NH. He graduated from Raymond, NH High School in 1958. From there he entered Emerson College, graduating in 1964. From 1965 to 1968 he clerked and proofread for Baker's Plays in Boston, MA. Jack then became an Associate Manager at the North Shore Music Theater in Beverly, MA where he lived and worked for 7 years. In 1976 he was offered the positions of Managing Director and Editor at Baker's Plays. There he helped the company expand and flourish and during his time at Bakers' he was active in many theater productions. His positions included the following: co-producer of the musical "Cole" at the Charles Playhouse (1982); co-writer of the musical "She-Boppin" at the Wilbur Theater (1987); Panelist for the Mass Council of the Arts and Humanities (1988-1990); member of The Boston Cultural Council (1991-1993); founding member of American Premiere Stage, founding member of The Boston Resident Theater Alliance, and founding member of Stage Source and board member for 25 years. As an honor for Jack's theater work he was the recipient of the first "Theater Hero Award" bestowed by Stage Source in 2000.
Jack plied his talents at Baker's Plays until his "retirement" in 2002, when he moved from the South End of Boston to Newburyport. In his "spare time" Jack served as chair of the Professional Theater Division of the New England Theater Conference, guest speaker for the American Theater Association and the Dramatists' Guild, and advisory member of the Boston Playwrights. From the foregoing achievements, one might infer that he was energetic and talented -- that is the case. His only trait that was greater than his dedication and passion for theater was his devotion and love for his family and friends. He enjoyed working in his garden, long walks and time spent on Monhegan Island in Maine -- a place Jack dearly loved. He will be deeply missed, but he will always be with each one of us.
A celebration of Jack's life will be held on January 13th, 2018, at 1:00 pm, at Boston Playwrights' Theatre, located at 949 Commonwealth Ave. in Boston.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his memory to RHS POPS, 45 Harriman Hill Rd., Raymond, NH 03077, Attn: Randy LaCasse.
For more information or to sign an online guestbook, please visit brewittfuneralhome.com.