January 15, 1913 ~ January 14, 2004
WELSH, CLIFFORD H.
Born on January 15, 1913, Cliff Welsh passed away on January 14, 2004, in his home at the Pacific Inn in Torrance, California, one day before his 91st birthday. Cliff leaves behind his beloved wife Eleanor, his six daughters Beth, Lynn, Marty, Mary Lou, Taryn and Wendy, 17 grandchildren and 7 great grandchildren.
Cliff was born in Whippany, New Jersey and spent the first 81 years of his life in New Jersey, moving to California in 1995. Cliff was a proud graduate and ardent supporter of Notre Dame. The three most important things in his life were God, Family, and Notre Dame (not always in that order).
After graduating from Notre Dame, Cliff started out as a bank teller during the depression and subsequently taught high school until he accepted an executive position at Boonton Molding Company in New Jersey. After many years in business he went back to his first love and passion - teaching, finishing up at Montville High School until he retired. He was loved by all, especially by his students who he affectionately called his ''kids.'' While in New Jersey, Cliff was a member of the Knights of Columbus and the Kiwanis Club of Morristown. Kiwanis, which is dedicated to serving the needs of children throughout the world, became his passion so, upon moving to California, he joined the Kiwanis Club of Rolling Hills Estates, California. He served the club with distinction and he also became a beloved ''father'' all its members. Cliff was noted for his great sense of humor, his story telling, and his passion for Notre Dame athletics in particular and ALL sports in general. The Kiwanis Club of Rolling Hills Estates is establishing a Cliff Welsh Memorial Scholarship Fund. Persons wishing to donate to this fund should send checks made payable to ''Kiwanis Club of RHE'' with memo ''Cliff Welsh Memorial Fund,'' to P.O. Box 2856, Palos Verdes Peninsula, CA 90274. You may also, in lieu of flowers, wish to make a contribution to your favorite charity in memory of Cliff Welsh.
Cliff was definitely one-of-a-kind! He was deeply loved by everyone he touched - he will be sorely missed.
Viewing will be held on Tuesday, January 20, 2004, from 4:00-8:00 PM at White and Day Colonial Mortuary in Redondo Beach. Mass of Christain Burial will be celebrated on Wednesday January 21, 2004 at 10:00 AM at St. John Fisher Church, 5448 Crest Road, at Crenshaw Blvd. in Rancho Palos Verdes.