Remembering Raymond H. Welsh

It is with sadness we share the news of the passing of Raymond (Ray) H. Welsh.

Ray and his wife Joanne have been longtime supporters of Episcopal Community Services. Lending his time, expertise, and heart to ECS, he served the organization in many capacities. Up until his unexpected passing on February 14th, Ray was an ECS board vice president, and a member of the development and investment committees. As the chair of ECS’ major donor society, the Bishop White Circle, he secured millions of dollars to fund various programs and agency initiatives. Under his leadership, the Circle has grown exponentially. From 1995 through 2001, Ray served as president of the ECS Board of Trustees.

In an ECS publication profiling him, Ray shared the words, “My faith is based on trying to see how much I can do to help others make their life fuller, happier, with more hope. It’s an inward, God-given faith and a desire to follow the golden rule.” In the article, “Living his Faith,” Ray was depicted as compassionate, thoughtful, and generous leader – characteristics that those who knew him well know to be true.

“We have lost a good friend, a wise board member, and a mentor,” said David Griffith, executive director. “Please hold Ray, his wife Joanne, and the Welsh family in your prayers, knowing that death is not an ending, but a beginning.”

During his tenure as president of the board, Ray wrote often prayers to open the meetings. May his words continue to inspire us:

“Heavenly Father, you have blessed each of us with a spirit, an unlimited capacity to love, and skills which enable each of us to provide hope and assistance to those in great need. Have us be always grateful for those gifts you have given us, and have us be ever aware of your fatherly hand which leads us to more opportunities to minister to and help others. When we become discouraged, help us to lift our spirits and courage. When we become indifferent, help us to see clearly the needs for our fervor. And when we become too self-satisfied, help us to realize again that what we do is not for us, but for others, and for your great glory. This we pray in the love and devotion we have for you and for your son, Christ Jesus.  Amen.” (May 1999)

A memorial service will be held at St. Christopher’s Church, Gladwyne (226 Righters Mill Rd, Gladwyne, PA 19035) on Friday, February 26th at 3pm.

Click here to read The Philadelphia Inquirer’s piece honoring Ray.